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ISCP Conference 2018

  • 9th & 10th November 2018 

Key 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. Áine Carroll

Áine is Professor of Healthcare Integration and Improvement at University College Dublin. Prior to this role, she was National Director of the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division in the Health Services Executive, a division encompassing the National Clinical Programmes, Integrated Care Programmes and The Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services (ONMSD). During her tenure, Professor Carroll established the 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. Áine is acknowledged Internationally for her expertise in large-scale change and implementation. An experienced Improvement advisor, she has provided advice, guidance and training on quality improvement and change to leaders of healthcare systems across the world. She is passionate about Person Centred Coordinated Care and Implementation Science.