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ISCP Conference 2015

Key Speakers


Prof Toby Long, PhD, PT, FAPTA is Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University, Director of Professional Development at the Center for Child and Human Development, Director of the Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention Program and Director of the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development for the District of Columbia’s early intervention program.  She is on faculty of the GU Minor in Education, Inquiry and Justice and the Disability Studies Initiative.  Dr. Long received her physical therapy degree from Boston University, a master’s degree in early childhood special education from George Washington University and a doctoral degree in human development from University of Maryland. Dr. Long collaborates with colleagues on serving infants and toddlers with disabilities and delays using contemporary, evidenced based practices throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Gulf region, and Asia.

She is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Early Intervention, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, and Infants and Young Children. She is the author of 60 peer-reviewed publications including The Handbook of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Second Edition. Dr. Long is the recipient of a variety of prestigious awards including, the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Jeanne Fisher Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Section on Pediatrics, and the Bud Dehaven Award from the Section on Pediatrics. She was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2009.  Dr. Long can be reached at 


Dr. Annina Schmid PhD, MManipTher, PT OMT svomp®, MCSP Associate Professor is a Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and an Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK. She obtained her Physiotherapy undergraduate training in Switzerland in 2001 and completed a Master of Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology in Perth in 2005 and a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia in 2011. Her research consists of a unique combination of both basic science and clinical studies, which aim to further our understanding of the pathophysiology of entrapment neuropathies with the ultimate aim to improve management of these conditions. 
Annina has published widely in leading clinical and basic science journals (e.g, Manual Therapy, Brain, European Journal of Pain, E-life, Nature Genetics) and has won numerous competitive fellowships, grants and awards. She regularly teaches international postgraduate courses to disseminate the latest evidence to clinicians. Further information on Annina and her work can be found at
Dr. Sinead Holden BSc, PhD completed her BSc. in Exercise Science, after which she secured a prestigious scholarship from the Irish Research Council (IRCSET) to embark on her research career. She was awarded her PhD from the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin in 2016. Her main research interest is in improving musculoskeletal (MSK) health in adolescents. 
Sinead currently works as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Research Unit for General Practice in Aalborg, Denmark, where she plays a key role in coordinating the research agenda for the research group focused on ‘optimising physical health in youth’ (the OptiYouth Group). Her research aims to understand the mechanisms of musculoskeletal injuries and pain in youth, to identify those at increased risk for developing chronic MSK problems. Her goal is to decrease the consequences of youth MSK pain on future health and physical activity by preventing, and improving the management of MSK pain during adolescence.
Prof. Sallie Lamb PhD, DSc, MSc, Dip (Physio), MCSP, FMedSci (UK) is Co-Director, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU) – University of Oxford, Kadoorie Professor of Rehabilitation, University of Oxford
Professor of Rehabilitation, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, University of Warwick.
She has a long standing interest in clinical trials, medical statistics and, from a clinical perspective, rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal and chronic conditions. She works with clinicians from a variety of backgrounds to develop pragmatic clinical trial designs to capture the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of health technologies. She is the Chief Investigator for a number of trials of rehabilitation interventions, and Head of the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculo-skeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford. Prior to taking up the post of Co-Director of OCTRU, Professor Lamb was the Foundation Director of the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Warwick. She continues to work collaboratively with the Warwick Unit.
Professor Lamb has a particular interest in older people, and has served as a member of the American Geriatric Society/ British Geriatric Society Fall Guideline Panel, and more recently, as a member of the NICE guideline panel of hip fracture management. She collaborates with a range of US and European Investigators interested in frailty, sarcopenia and disability in older people.
Prof. Nadine Foster BSc(Hons) DPhil PGCert FCSP is an NIHR Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care and the Director of Keele Clinical Trials Unit. She leads the Musculoskeletal Health and Pain research programme within the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre in the Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University and is an NIHR Senior Investigator. Her research focuses on the commonest pain conditions in primary care, including low back pain and osteoarthritis and whilst her research programme utilises many research methods she has a particular interest in developing, testing and implementing treatments and services for patients with musculoskeletal pain. She has led or collaborated on more than 16 randomised trials, with funding support from Arthritis Research UK, the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
She is currently leading an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research on stratified primary care for patients with musculoskeletal pain (STarT MSK) and an NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) funded trial testing stratified care for patients consulting in primary care with sciatica (SCOPiC). Nadine is the lead NIHR training advocate for physiotherapy and President of the Society of Back Pain Research. She chairs the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funding panel in the West Midlands, and has previously served on HTA funding committees and the Arthritis Research UK Pain Clinical Studies Group.
Prof. Brian Caulfield PhD qualified as a Physiotherapist following his Bachelor’s degree in University College Dublin 25 years ago this year.  Following a few years of clinical work in the USA he embarked on a career in academia.  His early research career focussed on laboratory-based evaluation of human performance in health and sport, with particular emphasis on understanding the neurophysiological contributions to repeated musculoskeletal injuries in sport. He has gradually shifted his research focus away from laboratory-based analysis towards  field measurement in health and sport, where contextual relevance is significantly enhanced. His work with wearable and mobile sensing measurement/intervention applications opens up a new vista for human performance evaluation and enhancement across the spectrum from elite sport to chronic disease. To achieve this he has developed cross cutting collaborations with researchers in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering across the globe and has a wide network of industry and clinical collaborators.
Previously the Director of the Intel-GE funded TRIL Centre, and a PI in the CLARITY CSET, he is currently a Director of the INSIGHT Centre, Ireland's €85m Data Analytics Research Centre, where he leads the Personal Sensing Group, as well as the Dean of Physiotherapy in UCD.  He also lead the establishment of Ireland’s national Connected Health Technology Centre (ARCH), is Chair of the European Network for the Joint Evaluation of Connected Health Technology Cost Action (ENJECT), and coordinator for both the CHESS and CATCH H2020 projects.  Brian is currently working across a number of research initiatives that leverage digital technologies for human performance measurement, understanding and enhancement in health and sport. 
Parallel Speakers


Professor Doreen McClurg worked as a Clinical Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist at Belfast City Hospital for many years. She completed a doctoral thesis on the pelvic floor in people with multiple sclerosis in 2006, and moved to the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2008. As Clinical lead of the Urogenital dysfunctions programme, research interests include the conservative management of prolapse, and the neurological bladder and bowel. She is a past Chair of the Association for Continence Advice and of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy professional Network of the UK’s Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is currently Chair of the International Continence Society, Physiotherapy Committee. She was awarded a personal Chair at the Glasgow Caledonian University in August 2015. 

Marie Ó Mír is an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in Paediatric Orthopaedics in Our Lady’s Childrens’ Hospital, Dublin where she establsihed the first National Paediatric Orthopaedic Triage service for which she received a National Healthcare commendation in 2012 for ‘Outpatient Innovation of the year’. She has been a member of the Ponseti team in OLCHC for 7 years.
Marie’s research interests are advancing the scope of physiotherapy practice, paediatric triage and Ponseti. She is currently a PhD candidate in UCD evaluating ‘The Health Economics of Paediatric Orthopaedic Triage’.
Marie has presented her research data on Ponseti Outcomes and Efficacy of Physiotherapy Triage both nationally and internationally including the IOA, APCP, ISCP and the 3rd International Clubfoot Symposium in Barcelona 2014, and has won several awards for best poster and best research presentation. She delivered three presentations at the World Congress of Physical Therapists in Singapore 2015:
1. The effectiveness of a physiotherapy triage clinic in paediatric orthopaedics
2. Sports participation amongst children treated with the Ponseti method for Idiopathic Congenital Talipes Equinovarus.
3. A long-term retrospective evaluation of functional outcomes of pediatric hip surgery in patients with Hurler syndrome. 
Marie will also be presenting at the WCPT in Cape Town in July 2017.
Her most recent publication is: The Efficacy of an Extended Scope Physiotherapy Clinic in Paediatric Orthopaedics. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 1-7.
Caitriona Cunningham works at University College Dublin (UCD) School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. As a graduate of UCD's B.Physio programme, she gained extensive clinical physiotherapy experience in Ireland the UK and USA. Specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, she completed her MSc (Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy) at University College London in 1997, also completing the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (UK) exams at that time. She completed her PhD at University College Dublin in 2007 and continues to conduct research in relation to occupational musculoskeletal disorders.
Her research findings have been published widely in international, refereed journals and at international research meetings. She and her colleagues launched UCD’s Better Bones programme in 2012, in collaboration with St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. Caitriona continues to teach across both undergraduate and graduate Physiotherapy programmes with a focus on musculoskeletal disorders, exercise and promotion of physical activity. She cofounded UCD Physio Hub in 2015 to facilitate delivery of Physiotherapy-led community exercise programmes on campus and to provide clinical education and research opportunities which focus on health promotion and exercise prescription . She has a strong commitment to facilitating the translation of evidence into healthcare practice and is actively involved in numerous professional organisations.
Current research: occupational MSK disorders, bone health and fracture prevention, exercise for MSK health, evaluation MSK Physiotherapy services
Judy Colclough qualified from UCD School of Physiotherapy in 2000. She joined the physiotherapy department in the Central Remedial Clinic, Clontarf in June 2002. As a senior bobath trained physiotherapist, she has extensive experience in paediatric neurodisability working primarily with children with cerebral palsy of all ages and their families. From 2012 to 2014 Judy joined the Gait Analysis Laboratory Department where she developed her skills in 3D Gait Analysis further enhancing clinical reasoning skills and participating in original research. In 2016 she completed her MSc by research investigating the reliability of 3D upper limb motion analysis in children with obstetric brachial plexus palsy in association with the Royal College of Surgeons. Currently In addition to managing a clinical caseload of children with neurodisability from 0-18 years, she coordinates the MDT clinic addressing spasticity management in ambulance children with cerebral palsy and the MDT orthotic tuning service.
Enda King MSc has over 10 years experience working as a Sports Physiotherapist with athletes and coaches across a spectrum of sports and disciplines. Currently he is Head of Performance Rehabilitation with Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin, Ireland. Currently working on his PhD (3D Biomechanics after ACL Reconstruction) with University of Roehamption in London, Enda combines the use of 3D biomechanics and high-level residential rehabilitation to optimize performance and an efficient recovery after injury.
He has worked with athletes across a wide variety of disciplines including rugby, soccer, AFL, NFL, UFC, boxing, jockeys and GAA. His greatest areas of expertise lies within hip and groin related, as well as knee / ACL rehabilitation, and he is committed to performing innovative research to develop robust methods for injury prevention and rehabilitation in elite sport. Enda has a number of peer-reviewed publications and regularly travels to speak at international conferences on groin injuries, ACL Return To Play and Return To Performance After Injury. Enda also authored the hip and groin chapter in “Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation”.



Tina has 17 experience working in leadership and management development in Ireland and internationally.   A founder member of the RCSI Institute of Leadership she holds an MBA in Health Services Management from the Smurfit Business School, an MSc in Microbiology and is currently undertaking a PhD in Systems Leadership at the University of Exeter, UK. Tina is programme manager for two HSE national projects providing strategic leadership development programmes to over 1,000 senior managers and clinicians in acute, primary care and corporate health services. Formerly she worked with the Irish Office for Health Management and was a member of the Interim HSE Change Management and Organisational Development team. Tina has considerable experience working internationally establishing postgraduate education programmes in Jordan, Dubai and Bahrain. She was also the senior project manager of the commissioning team for the King Hamad Hospital in Bahrain She was academic director of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance based in Geneva and Fordham University, New York.



Dr. Dara Meldrum is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Surgeons, and also works clinically at the Balance Centre in Ranelagh, Dublin.  She graduated from Trinity College Dublin and worked in Physiotherapy departments in Canada and Ireland, specialising in neuro-rehabilitation. She obtained a MSc. in Neuro-rehabilitation from Brunel University.  She then held a senior physiotherapist post in neurology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and held a pharma funded research post there for a number of years. In 1996 she started the first formalized vestibular rehabilitation service in Ireland at Beaumont Hospital.  Her research is primarily in neuro-rehabilitation with particular interest in vestibular rehabilitation and computerised motion analysis.  She was awarded a Health Research Board Research Training Fellowship in August 2010 to carry out a randomized controlled trial in the area of vestibular rehabilitation and obtained her PhD in 2014. She has published over 30 peer reviewed publications, 4 book chapters and has over 50 conference proceedings. She lectures and teaches extensively in the area of vestibular rehabilitation. She completed a Diploma in Clinical Trials at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has worked as consultant to pharma on several phase II clinical trials. In the past she has received funding from Technopharm, the Irish Health Research Board, Research Motor Neuron and the Post-Polio Society of Ireland. She is presently funded by Enterprise Ireland to investigate the feasibility of commercialising a technology she has developed for use in vestibular rehabilitation. 



Maeve Whelan is in full time private practice in urogynaecology, colorectal dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain in Milltown Physiotherapy, Dublin. She has a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin since 1991, is a Specialist Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists since 2008, and has a MSc by research from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland from 2013. Maeve together with colleagues in Milltown provides treatment for men, women and children with pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain.  This approach combines careful assessment with manual therapy techniques and tailored rehabilitation programmes in what are often complex musculoskeletal presentations. She teaches manual therapy techniques of the pelvic floor as a special interest to colleagues nationally and internationally, speaks at conferences and has published on the subject.



Dr. Deirdre Murray MISCP (PhD) is Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurology in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Senior Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. She graduated from UCD with a BSc. in Physiotherapy in 2001 and was awarded a PhD from RCSI in 2014 for research examining strength, mobility and exercise in Polio Survivors. Research interests include multidisciplinary management and clinical measurement of patients with Motor Neuron Disease and other neuromuscular conditions. Other areas of interest include spasticity management, particularly the role of the Physiotherapist in the administration of botulinum toxin and vestibular rehabilitation. Research has been supported by awards from Research Motor Neuron (RMN) and the Post Polio Support Group Ireland (PPSG).