Researchers at UCD


Sean Murphy

Clinical Associate Professor

School Of Medicine



Prof. Sean Murphy was appointed as Consultant Stroke Physician at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, in October 2010. He is currently Co-Director of the Mater Acute Stroke Service. He had previously been a Consultant Physician at Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar (1995-2010). He qualified in Medicine from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1983. He subsequently trained in General Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals (1987-9) followed by a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA (1989-1991). He went on to complete his MD while a Research Fellow in Clinical Gerontology at Addenbrooke¿s Hospital, Cambridge UK (1991-2) before completing his clinical training as a Senior Registrar in General and Geriatric Medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK (1992-5).


He was appointed as an Associate Professor of Medicine at RCSI Medical School in 2008 and a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at UCD School of Medicine in 2013. He was a member of the Steering Group of a number of research programmes in Ireland including the Irish National Audit on Stroke Care, the Cost of Stroke in Ireland Study and the Dublin Mid-Leinster Stroke Telemedicine Project. He is a member of the Council on Stroke of the Irish Heart Foundation. He is actively involved in a number of on-going stroke research projects at the Mater.




Association: World Stroke Organisation, Function/Role: Member
Association: American Heart Association, Function/Role: Fellow
Association: European Stroke Organisation, Function/Role: Fellow
Association: Irish Heart Foundation, Function/Role: Board Member
Association: Council on Stroke, Irish Heart Foundation, Function/Role: Member
Association: Steering Group for Stroke Diploma, RCPI, Function/Role: Member



Peer Reviewed Journals

Wilson CA, Tai W;Desai JA;Mulvihill I;Olivot JM;Murphy S;Coutts SB;Albers GW;Kelly P;Cucchiara BL (2016) 'Diagnostic Yield of Echocardiography in Transient Ischemic Attack'. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, . [DOI] [Details]
Hayden DT, Hannon N;Callaly E;Ni¿¿ Chro¿¿ini¿¿n D;Horgan G;Kyne L;Duggan J;Dolan E;O'Rourke K;Williams D;Murphy S;Kelly PJ (2015) 'Rates and Determinants of 5-Year Outcomes After Atrial Fibrillation-Related Stroke: A Population Study'. Stroke, . [DOI] [Details]
Callaly E, Ni Chroinin D;Hannon N;Marnane M;Akijian L;Sheehan O;Merwick A;Hayden D;Horgan G;Duggan J;Murphy S;O'Rourke K;Dolan E;Williams D;Kyne L;Kelly PJ (2015) 'Rates, Predictors, and Outcomes of Early and Late Recurrence After Stroke: The North Dublin Population Stroke Study'. Stroke, 47 (1):244-246. [DOI] [Details]
Callaly EL, Ni Chroinin D;Hannon N;Sheehan O;Marnane M;Merwick A;Kelly LA;Horgan G;Williams E;Harris D;Williams D;Moore A;Dolan E;Murphy S;Kelly PJ;Duggan J;Kyne L (2015) 'Falls and fractures 2 years after acute stroke: the North Dublin Population Stroke Study'. Age and Ageing, 44 (5):882-886. [DOI] [Details]
Hussein W, Cunningham C;Logan H;Fallon C;Murphy S (2012) 'Atypical fractures on long term bisphosphonates therapy'. Irish Medical Journal, 104 (10). [Details]
O'Callaghan G, Murphy S;Loane D;Farrelly E;Horgan F (2012) 'Stroke knowledge in an Irish semi-rural community-dwelling cohort and impact of a brief education session'. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 21 (8):629-61. [DOI] [Details]
Mulroy M, Murphy B;Murphy SP;Marsden P;Fallon C;Murphy S (2011) 'Time from hospital admission to CT brain in acute ischaemic stroke'. Irish Medical Journal, 104 (6):185-187. [Details]


Research Interests

Country Lead Investigator for multi-national CONVINCE trial

Co-investigator on BIOVASC Study

Co-investigator with SPHERE Research Consortium, UCD

Co-investigator FREESE Study

Co-investigator in Intersectoral Analysis of Health Care in Irish Health System


UCD Medicine Research Group: Neurology



Teaching Philosophy

Active teaching of UCD Medical Students, Mater NCHDs preparing for MRCPI clinical examination


Internal Collaborators

Prof Peter Kelly and BIOVASC Group,

Prof Fionnual Ni Ainle, Sphere Research Consortium, UCD Conway, Mater


External Collaborators

Prof David Williams RCSI

Dr John Thornton RCSI

Dr Samantha Smith ESRI

Dr Patrician Maguire Conway Institute UCD, Calgary Stroke Research Group, Canada