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Researcher Spotlight: Dr Grainne O'Donoghue - Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor - UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

Exercise is Medicine!

Dr Grainne O'Donoghue graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and worked clinically from 1998 until 2005 as a senior physiotherapist in Beaumont Hospital Dublin in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and exercise prescription.

She then completed an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy in UCD in 2005 and worked as a clinical specialist in sports physiotherapy in Queens University Belfast (2005-2006). She was awarded a doctorate from University College Dublin in 2011.

Her PhD work focused on entry-level physiotherapy education; "Promotion and Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise in Healthy & Clinical Populations: an Evaluation of Current Educational Practice and Recommendations for Future Physiotherapy Education".

In 2016 she completed a postgraduate certificate in Statistics at the School of Computer Science and Statistics in TCD and was awarded a distinction.

She was employed until September 2017 as a research associate in the Centre for Preventive Medicine in DCU and previously as a post-doctoral researcher by the Danish Diabetes Center, Steno, a world leading institution within diabetes care and prevention, as part of the Health Promotion team, working between Copenhagen and Dublin.

She is currently employed as a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Physiotherapy in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science in University College Dublin.

In the video below, Dr O'Donoghue speaks about her ethos of "Exercise is Medicine".

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