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Shane Higgins

Senior Clinical Lecturer

School Of Medicine

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Email: shiggins@nmh.ie

Professional

               

Education

Year 1987 Institution: UCC
Qualification: MB, BCh, BAO Subject: Medicine
Year 1996 Institution: RCOG
Qualification: MRCOG Subject: Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Year 2006 Institution: University of Melbourne
Qualification: MPH Subject: Public Health
Year 2012 Institution: RCPI
Qualification: Diploma Subject: Leadership Quality Healthcare
         

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Corcoran S, Breathnach F;Burke G;McAuliffe F;Geary M;Daly S;Higgins J;Hunter A;Morrison JJ;Higgins S;Mahony R;Dicker P;Tully E;Malone FD (2015) 'Dichorionic twin ultrasound surveillance: sonography every 4 weeks significantly underperforms sonography every 2 weeks: results of the Prospective Multicenter ESPRiT¿¿Study'. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 213 (4):5510-5515. [DOI] [Details]
Mone F, Walsh C;Mulcahy C;McMahon CJ;Farrell S;MacTiernan A;Segurado R;Mahony R;Higgins S;Carroll S;McParland P;McAuliffe FM (2015) 'Prenatal detection of structural cardiac defects and presence of associated anomalies: a retrospective observational study of 1262 fetal echocardiograms'. Prenatal Diagnosis, 35 (6):577-582. [DOI] [Details]
Walsh CA, MacTiernan A, Farrell S, Mulcahy C, McMahon CJ, Franklin O, Coleman D, Mahony R, Higgins S, Carroll S, McParland P, McAuliffe FM (2014) 'Mode of delivery in pregnancies complicated by major fetal congenital heart disease: a retrospective cohort study'. Journal of Perinatology, 34 (12):901-905. [DOI] [Details]
Walsh CA, Doyle B, Quigley J, McAuliffe FM, Fitzgerald J, Mahony R, Higgins S, Carroll S, McParland P (2014) 'Reassessing critical maternal antibody threshold in RhD alloimmunization: a 16-year retrospective cohort study'. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 44 (6):669-673. [DOI] [Details]
Mulcahy C, McAuliffe FM, Breathnach F, Geary M, Daly S, Higgins J, Hunter A, Morrison J, Burke G, Higgins S, Dicker P, Mahony R, Tully E, Malone F (2014) 'Umbilical and fetal middle cerebral artery Doppler reference ranges in a twin population followed longitudinally from 24 to 38 weeks' gestation'. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 44 (4):461-467. [DOI] [Details]
Ryan HM, Morrison JJ, Breathnach FM, McAuliffe FM, Geary MP, Daly S, Higgins JR, Hunter A, Burke G, Higgins S, Mahony R, Dicker P, Manning F, Tully E, Malone FD (2014) 'The influence of maternal body mass index on fetal weight estimation in twin pregnancy'. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 210 (4):3500-3506. [DOI] [Details]
Anbazhagan A, Hunter A, Breathnach FM, Mcauliffe FM, Geary MP, Daly S, Higgins JR, Morrison JJ, Burke G, Higgins S, Dicker P, Tully E, Carroll S, Malone FD (2014) 'Comparison of outcomes of twins conceived spontaneously and by artificial reproductive therapy'. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 27 (5):458-462. [DOI] [Details]
Walsh CA, Russell N, McAuliffe FM, Higgins S, Mahony R, Carroll S, McParland P (2013) 'Relationship between maternal antibody type and antenatal course following intrauterine transfusion for red cell alloimmunisation'. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 171 (2):235-239. [DOI] [Details]
Hehir MP, O'Connor HD, Higgins S, Robson MS, McAuliffe FM, Boylan PC, Malone FD, Mahony R (2013) 'Obstetric anal sphincter injury, risk factors and method of delivery - an 8-year analysis across two tertiary referral centers'. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 26 (15):1514-1516. [DOI] [Details]
O'Connor C, McAuliffe FM, Breathnach FM, Geary M, Daly S, Higgins JR, Dornan J, Morrison JJ, Burke G, Higgins S, Mooney E, Dicker P, Manning F, McParland P, Malone FD (2013) 'Prediction of outcome in twin pregnancy with first and early second trimester ultrasound'. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 26 (10):1030-1035. [DOI] [Details]
Kent EM, Breathnach FM, Gillan JE, McAuliffe FM, Geary MP, Daly S, Higgins JR, Hunter A, Morrison JJ, Burke G, Higgins S, Carroll S, Dicker P, Manning F, Tully E, Malone FD (2012) 'Placental pathology, birthweight discordance, and growth restriction in twin pregnancy: results of the ESPRiT Study'. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 207 (3):2200-2205. [DOI] [Details]
Breathnach FM, McAuliffe FM, Geary M, Daly S, Higgins JR, Dornan J, Morrison JJ, Burke G, Higgins S, Dicker P, Manning F, Carroll S, Malone FD (2012) 'Optimum timing for planned delivery of uncomplicated monochorionic and dichorionic twin pregnancies'. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 119 (1):50-59. [DOI] [Details]
Kent EM, Breathnach FM, Gillan JE, McAuliffe FM, Geary MP, Daly S, Higgins JR, Dornan J, Morrison JJ, Burke G, Higgins S, Carroll S, Dicker P, Manning F, Malone FD (2011) 'Placental cord insertion and birthweight discordance in twin pregnancies: results of the national prospective ESPRiT Study'. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 205 (4):3760-3767. [DOI] [Details]
Breathnach FM, McAuliffe FM, Geary M, Daly S, Higgins JR, Dornan J, Morrison JJ, Burke G, Higgins S, Dicker P, Manning F, Carroll S, Malone FD (2011) 'Prediction of safe and successful vaginal twin birth'. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 205 (3):2370-2377. [DOI] [Details]
Breathnach FM, McAuliffe FM, Geary M, Daly S, Higgins JR, Dornan J, Morrison JJ, Burke G, Higgins S, Dicker P, Manning F, Mahony R, Malone FD (2011) 'Definition of intertwin birth weight discordance'. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 118 (1):94-103. [DOI] [Details]
                           

Abstract

Farrell, S; McTiernan, A; Walsh, C; Coleman, D; Franklin, O; Mulcahy, C; Higgins, S; McParland, P; Mahony, R; Carroll, S; McAuliffe, F (2013) Prenatal detection of structural cardiac defects and presence of associated anomalies: a prospective study of 1244 fetal echocardiograms. Abstract [Details]
Flood, K,Ali, A,Breathnach, F,Mc Auliffe, F,Geary, M,Daly, S,Higgins, J,Fogarty, A,Morrison, J,Burke, G,Higgins, S,Dicker, P,Tully, E,Carroll, S,Malone, F (2013) Expectant management of monochorionic diamniotic twins with selective intrauterine growth restriction. Abstract [Details]
Kent, E,Breathnach, F,Gillan, J,McAuliffe, F,Geary, M,Daly, S,Higgins, J,Hunter, A,Morrison, J,Burke, G,Higgins, S,Carroll, S,Dicker, P,Tully, E,Malone, F (2013) Relationship between placental characteristics and antenatal ultrasound Doppler indices in twin pregnancies-results of the ESPRIT study. Abstract [Details]
Dicker, P,Daly, S,Breathnach, F,Geary, M,Higgins, J,Dornan, J,Morrison, JJ,Burke, G,Higgins, S,McAuliffe, F,Malone, F (2012) Reference charts for fetal growth in twins: longitudinal data from the ESPRiT cohort. Abstract [Details]
Anbazhagan, A; Higgins, S; Hunter, A; Breathnach, F; McAuliffe, F; Geary, M; Daly, S; Higgins, J; Morrison, J; Burke, G; Dicker, P; Manning, F; Carroll, S; Malone, F (2012) Comparison of perinatal outcomes in twins conceived by artificial reproductive techniques and spontaneous conception - a secondary analysis of ESPRIT Study data. Abstract [Details]
Campbell, S,Geary, M,Breathnach, F,McAuliffe, F,Daly, S,Higgins, J,Dornan, J,Morrison, J,Burke, G,Higgins, S,Dicker, P,Malone, F (2012) The effect of antenatal corticosteroid treatment on the incidence of respiratory distress syndrome in twin pregnancy. Abstract [Details]
O'Connor, C,Mc Auliffe, F,Breathnach, F,Geary, M,Daly, S,Higgins, J,Dornan, J,Morrison, JJ,Burke, G,Higgins, S,Dicker, P,Manning, F,Mahony, R,Malone, F (2012) Prediction of outcome in twin pregnancy with first and second trimester ultrasound. Abstract [Details]
Breathnach, FM,Carroll, S,McAuliffe, F,Geary, M,Daly, S,Higgins, JR,Dornan, J,Morrison, J,Burke, G,Higgins, S,Malone, FD (2009) Impact of birthweight discordance and of non-vertex presentation of the second twin on successful vaginal birth - The Esprit Trial. Abstract [Details]
                                                               

Research

Research Interests

Comparing the vaginal flora of women with a history of preterm birth to women with a previous term delivery.
The delivery of a preterm surveillance programme in a tertiary referral unit to reduce the incidence of preterm birth.
Investigation of the vaginal micro biome and the use of probiotics to alter the flora and reduce the risk of preterm birth.