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ISCP Conference 2018

  • 9th & 10th November 2018 

Annual Conference

The 2018 conference will take place in the Radisson Hotel in Sligo on Friday & Saturday November 9th and 10th 2018.

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Prof. Donál O'Shea

Donal O’Shea is a Consultant Endocrinologist in St Columcille’s and St Vincent’s University Hospitals. He is National Clinical Lead for Obesity in the HSE and Clinical Professor of Medicine in UCD. Prof O’Shea qualified from University College Dublin in 1989 and then moved to Hammersmith Hospital in London. He completed an MD with Professor Stephen Bloom on GLP-1 and appetite control. He moved to his current position establishing the first hospital based multidisciplinary treatment unit for the management of adult obesity in the country. Is a member of the Department of Health special action group on obesity established in 2011 and chaired a group carrying out a health impact assessment on the potential benefits and harms of a tax on sugar sweetened’ drinks. He has presented the EU Ministers for Health and the Director General of the WHO on the importance of prevention of childhood obesity. Has specific interests in and published over 100 peer reviewed publications on obesity, thyroid eye disease, gut endocrine tumours and gender identity disorder. He has supervised 8 clinicians to completion of their PhD’s.


Dr. Glenn Nielsen

Glenn Nielsen is a clinical academic neurophysiotherapist at St George’s University of London and St George’s University Hospital. Working with Professor Mark Edwards, he has set up a specialist NHS physiotherapy service for functional motor disorder. He was awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2014 and he completed his PhD in 2017 on the topic of physiotherapy for functional motor disorder. He is the lead applicant on a recently funded NIHR grant to conduct a multicentre randomised trial of specialist physiotherapy for functional motor disorder.


Prof. Jo Nijs

Jo Nijs holds a PhD in rehabilitation science and physiotherapy. He is professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), physiotherapist/manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels, and holder of the Chair ‘Exercise immunology and chronic fatigue in health and disease’ funded by the Berekuyl Academy, the Netherlands. He is the Scientific Chair of the executive committee of the Pain, Mind and Movement Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and Expert Panel member for Health Science division of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO). Jo runs the Pain in Motion international research group ( His research and clinical interests are patients with chronic pain and pain-movement interactions, with special emphasis on the central nervous system. The primary aim of his research is improving care for patients with chronic pain. At the age of 42, he has (co-)authored >200 peer reviewed publications, obtained €7 million grant income, supervised 10 PhD projects to completion (excluding 20 ongoing PhD projects) and served more than 240 times as an invited speaker at national and international meetings in 24 different countries (including 27 keynotes). His work has been cited >3600 times (h-index: 35; ISI Web of Knowledge). Jo is ranked 1st in the world among central nervous system sensitization researchers, 2nd in the world among chronic fatigue syndrome researchers, 5th among whiplash injury researchers, and 6th in the world among chronic pain researchers (


Dr. Melrose Stewart

Melrose Stewart is Chartered Physiotherapist, ex Vice President of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), TEDx speaker, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and lecturer in the School of Sports, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham. In 2017, she was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the CSP for her services in the area of equality and diversity. One of her recent and most ambitious project was her expert role in the remarkably successful BAFTA nominated Channel 4 television programme, ‘Old people’s Home for 4 year Olds’. She has delivered several talks nationally and internationally on intergenerational activities including a recent TEDx talk in 2017 entitled ‘Connecting generations for healthy ageing’ and another entitled, ‘Revolutionising connections between the young and the old’ at the Thrive conference in Guernsey. She sits as a professional on an international expert panel of academics, the Electrophysical Forum, an interactive platform for the use of electro physical modalities. Away from academia, Melrose sits on Her Majesty’s Judiciary for Employment Tribunals and as a Disability Qualified Member on Social Security Tribunals (England). She has a personal and professional interest in public health and health promotion and tries to stay fit by regularly participating in aerobics and park runs.
Twitter: @MelroseStewart1


Dr. Phil Glasgow

Phil Glasgow is Sports Medicine Coordinator at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland. A graduate of the University of Ulster, his doctoral studies investigated factors influencing exercise induced muscle damage and its management.  He has managed high performance athletes at major international competitions including Olympic, World and European Championships from across a wide range of sporting disciplines including rugby union, hockey, athletics, boxing, sailing, cycling, swimming, squash and football.  His particular interests are in the field of functional rehabilitation and in the development of robust clinical assessments for sports specific skills. He is also sits on the physios in sport Education and Research Committee.


Dr. Áine Carroll

Áine Carroll is Ireland Health Service Executive’s National Director for Clinical Strategy and Programmes since November 2012, a division encompassing the National Clinical Programmes, Integrated Care Programmes and The Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services (ONMSD). The National Clinical Programmes were established to improve and standardise patient care throughout the health services by bringing together clinical disciplines to develop and share innovative healthcare solutions in individual specialty delivery.  Dr Carroll is currently building on the successes of the Clinical Programmes through the development of Integrated Care Programmes for older persons, chronic disease, children and patient flow, to promote coordinated care and team work across services and specialties, ensuring that care is provided effectively and seamlessly to patients as they move through the system. Prior to her appointment as National Director, Dr. Carroll was the Clinical Lead of the Rehabilitation Medicine Programme.  She is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Associate Clinical Professor at University College Dublin School of Medicine, past Chair of the Medical Board of the National Rehabilitation Hospital and past President of the Irish Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her works on a wide variety of topics are widely published, with presentations at national and international conferences



Parallel sessions will include topics on Musculoskeletal disorders, physical activity, paediatrics, women's health, and oncology rehabilitation. 


Parrallel Speakers


Dr. Karen McCreesh  Twitter: @McCreesh_Karen

Karen McCreesh is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapy educator and clinician, and a qualified sonographer. Her research interests lie in the areas of shoulder dysfunction, musculoskeletal disorders, and ultrasound imaging. She completed her PhD in the area of mechanisms of rotator cuff tendinopathy, funded by a Research Fellowship from the Health Research Board of Ireland. She is Course Director and Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, presents at national and international conferences, and provides CPD workshops for qualified physiotherapists. Karen co-ordinates a website to support and disseminate evidence based practice in the physiotherapy management of shoulder pain at, and is a founder member of the Irish Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Society (

Dr. Grace O'Malley

Grace qualified (TCD) as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2004. She works in RCSI as a clinical researcher in the fields of childhood obesity and physical fitness. She is the multidisciplinary clinical lead of the W82GO Weight Management Service at Temple Street Children's University Hospital where she previously worked as Clinical Specialist in Paediatrics, Senior Physiotherapist in Paediatric Endocrinology and staff grade physiotherapist.  Her research work to date has investigated the musculoskeletal and cardio-metabolic co-morbidities associated with paediatric obesity in addition to the development and evaluation of complex obesity interventions delivered in-person or using eHealth/computer-based approaches. Grace served as the inaugural Chair of ASOI from 2013-2015 and Chair from 2015-2017. She is Secretary of the Childhood Obesity Task Force of the European Association for the Study of Obesity, a member of the European Childhood Obesity Group and Treasurer of the Paediatric section of the World Confederation of Physiotherapists. 


Michelle Lyons

Michelle Lyons has over 25 years of clinical experience working in physiotherapy and promoting women’s health globally. A graduate of UCD, she has presented nationally, internationally and online, including at the International Pelvic Pain Society, the International Continence Society and the POGP conference amongst others, to promote the field of physiotherapy in women’s health and wellness. She is on the teaching faculty of Herman & Wallace, The Pelvic Rehab Institute, Medbridge Education & Burrell Education and has previously been faculty for the POGP, The Integrative Women’s Health Institute as well as offering clinical consultancy for clinicians globally. She is passionate about an integrative and functional approach to health and wellness and believes that women’s health physiotherapists are ideally placed to be proactive in preventing rather than reacting the health issues that women may face in their lifetime. For further information, please visit


Jo Short

Jo has more than 20 years experience in both Health Service Management and Project Management roles  both across the UK and Irish Acute Healthcare Systems. As the lead for the Programme Management Office within Saolta, Jo has a special interest in integration between acute and community and was project lead for the HSE Excellence Awards winning project in 2016  "Having the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time". (Ophthalmology Services Sligo University Hospital /Community HealthCare Organisation 1).  Her role currently involves integrated working across Saolta Group hospitals as well as between acute and community services. 


Eileen Moriarty

Biography to follow. 


Dr. Harry Barry

Biography to follow


Dr. Derek Griffin

Biography to follow. 



Attendance Rates

  One Day Attendance Full Conference attendance  
Non-member Early Bird €155  (save €40) €205 (save €90)  
Practising Member Early Bird €99 (save €46) €170 (save €100)   
Non-Practising Member €80 €145  
Entry to Practice Student Member €30 €55

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