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Professor John V Reynolds

Professor John V Reynolds
MA, MB, BCh, MCh, FRCSI Chairman of Irspen

Professor Reynolds is Professor of Clinical Surgery at the St. James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. He is the National Lead for oesophageal and gastric cancer. He is Cancer Lead at St. James’s Hospital and the Trinity School of Medicine, and a Principal Investigator in the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute. He has formerly held Fellowship positions with the University of Pennsylvania and Wistar Institute in Philadelphia and at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. He was a Senior Lecturer at St. James’s University Hospital in Leeds (1994-6).

Professor Reynolds has obtained numerous research awards and has published widely in cancer research, with over 250 publications and approximately €5m research grant income. His clinical interest is in diseases of the oesophagus and stomach. His research interest is in four areas: (1) pathogenesis of Barrett’s oesophagus and progression; (2) prediction of response and resistance to chemotherapy and radiation therapy; (3) obesity, altered metabolism, and cancer; (4) malnutrition and peri-operative nutrition.

Dr Orla Crosbie

Dr Orla Crosbie

Dr Orla Crosbie is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Cork University Hospital. Dr Crosbie leads the Hepatology service at CUH and has research interests in Hepatitis C epidemiology and molecular virology. Dr Crosbie also has a busy Endoscopy Practice, carrying out diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy including ERCP. Dr Crosbie was the National Specialty Directors for SpR training in Gastroenterology at the Royal College of Physicians from 2009 to 2012 and now serves on the Council in the Royal College of Physicians. During her time as NSD she has organised and run a number of study days for the gastroenterology SpRs including an annual Nutrition Study Day, which is now a compulsory part of Spr training given the importance of Nutrition in the Management of all patient groups.

Dr Crosbie was Medical Advisor for the National Committee to develop endoscopy reporting systems in Ireland and is Lead Clinician for the Hepatology subgroup of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology.

Dr Eileen Gibney

Dr Eileen Gibney Company Secretary and Secretary of the Irish Section of the Nutrition Society – Lecturer in Nutrition

Dr Eileen Gibney is a lecturer in Nutrition and Genetics in UCD. She has worked on several human intervention trials and has considerable experience in collecting, collating and analysing dietary intake data. Eileen is a member of the nutrition group within the UCD Institute of Food and Health and her current research interests lie in the molecular aspect of nutrition and health (nutrigenomics), with a keen interest in the application of personalised nutrition. Eileen is also Head of Programme for the new BSc Human Nutrition (2008) in UCD. She has published extensively in the medical literature is the Editor of the Nutrition Society Gazette and a Nutrition Council Member of the Irish Heart Foundation

Niamh Rice

Niamh Rice
Nutritionist and Dietitian

Niamh Rice is a Nutritionist and Dietitian with over 20 years experience in senior scientific and management positions within the Medical Nutrition Industry both in Ireland and internationally. Niamh has held positions of Head of Nutrition in Nutricia Medical (UK), Scientific Director of Milupa (UK), Managing Director of Nutricia Ireland and Global Director of Nutrition and Nutrition Marketing at Danone Infant Nutrition (formerly Numico) based in Amsterdam. Niamh now works as an independent nutrition and communications consultant.


Professor Carel Le Roux

Professor Carel le Roux graduated from medical school in Pretoria South Africa, completed his Senior House Officer training at Barts and The London Hospital, his SpR training in metabolic medicine at the Hammersmith Hospitals and his PhD at Imperial College London. He was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2006, promoted to Reader in 2009 at Imperial and accepted a Chair as Head of Pathology at University College Dublin in 2011. He received a Clinician Scientist Award from the National Institute Health Research in the UK and a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship amongst others.

His translational research on the understanding of the physiological role and pathological changes in appetite control has been widely acknowledged. The focus of his research is primarily concerned with increased mortality and morbidity associated with obesity and its related diseases. A better mechanistic understanding of how the “gut talks to the brain” will allow safer and more effective treatments to be used in future. To this end the role of gut hormones, bile acids and changes in food preference are areas of interest.

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Carmel O’Hanlon
Clinical Specialist Dietitian

Carmel has worked as a clinical dietitian for 25 years, and currently specialises in the nutritional management of ICU patients and nutrition support. She was a co-ordinator of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute’s (INDI) Nutrition Support Reference Guide for dietitians published in 2015, and is a Therapy Professions lead on the Critical Care Programme of the National Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate. She is a Board member of the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) and Chairs IrSPEN’s Policy and Practice Committee. Carmel is an Honorary Member of the INDI. She has recently taken on a role for the HSE to co-ordinate the development of NCEC (National Clinical Effectiveness Committee) National Clinical Guidelines for the ‘Prevention and treatment of undernutrition: use of nutrition support in adults in the acute care setting.