Seminars & Report Launches

SPH Seminar Series 2021



The COVID-19 Vaccine: An Overview  

Presented by Dr Anne Moore 


Tuesday 12th January 2021

1:00pm - 2:00pm 

Venue: MS Teams 


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 Dr Anne Moore

Anne completed a PhD in HIV vaccine immunology with Professor Kingston Mills. She completed post-doctoral work on defects in immune responses in HIV-infected individuals in the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia and further work on recombinant vaccines against viruses such as HIV and Ebola virus in Dr.Gary Nabel's lab, then at the University of Michigan.

As a senior immunologist in Prof. Adrian Hill's group in the University of Oxford, she developed several T cell inducing vaccine candidates against malaria, TB and influenza and was involved in clinical trials of these and other vaccine candidates. She was a Lecturer in Pharmacology, based in the School of Pharmacy, in early 2007. In 2016 she worked for 10 months with the vaccine biotech company, Vaxart, South San Francisco while on sabbatical. Here she worked on tablet-based oral vaccines for a range of therapeutic and prophylactic vaccine. In September 2018, she took a position as Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and Cell Biology.   

Her research interests are in vaccine development, access and acceptability. She is interested in developing and clinically translating anti-viral vaccines that can be thermostabilised for easy distribution and new formats for easy administration, such as tablets, nasal sprays and skin patches. Dr. Moore and colleagues in the School of Pharmacy have published widely on vaccine confidence in Ireland.   

All are welcome 

Organisers: Edel Burton & Prof. Patricia Kearney 

  • The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) European Union March 2021

    05 Mar 2021
    The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) European Union March 2021

    Co-authored by Dr Janas M Harrington, School of Public Health, UCC 

    An assessment of EU-level policies influencing food environments and priority actions to create healthy food environments in the EU.

    Overweight, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a major public health challenge in Europe.

    Suboptimal diets are key contributors to increasing the risk of these diseases and thereby affect the health and economic systems of all European Member States.

    In addition, in most European countries socioeconomic inequalities in obesity and dietary patterns are evident. Population diets are influenced by food environments in European Member States.



    Read more

Report Launch 2020

Food Environment Policy Index: Food-EPI Ireland Report
Launched 9th November 2020

For further information, please email Dr Janas Harrington

To download the Food Environment Policy Index: Food-EPI Ireland Report, please click on

SPH Ireland Food-EPI Report.pdf

To download Policies for Tackling Obesity and Creating Healthier Food Environments in Ireland: Food-EPI 2020, please click on 

The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index-Evidence Doc


The Irish Times         9th November 2020

Irish policies to tackle obesity ‘fall behind international best practice’.

Experts call for ‘no fry zones’, school food policies and restrictions on unhealthy ads.

The first Irish Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI), conducted by University College Cork, compared the Irish food system to international standards.

Dr Janas Harrington from UCC’s School of Public Health, and lead-author of the report, said the findings highlight the need to reform Ireland’s “food environment”, which is defined as interconnected factors that characterise our food system and largely determine our dietary intakes.

To read Shauna Bowers full article in The Irish Times, please click on the following link:

Seminars 2018



Presented By

Wednesday 26th September, 12.30-14.00 Room G04 (Ground Floor), Brookfield Campus


 ‘The Role of the Media in Suicide Prevention, Suicide Clustering and Contagion’ 


Dr. Lay San Too, Prof. Ella Arensman, Dr. Paul Corcoran, Dr. Eve Griffin, Mr. Niall McTernan


 Monday, 17th September, 13.15 - 14.00 , Room G04 , Western Gateway Building

‘Supporting women throughout the perinatal period: the collaboration between midwives and health visitors’ 

Dr. Ellinor Olander, Senior Lecturer in Maternal & Child Health, City University of London 

19th April 2018, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 3.04, Western Gateway Building

 Physiotherapy Research at UCC: What’s the plan?  Dr. Joseph McVeigh 

21st March 2018, 1.15-2pm, Room 3.04, Western Gateway Building


The Mitchelstown Cohort Study: Change and stability in cardiovascular risk profile between baseline and 6 year follow up?

Dr. Janas Harrington 
5th March 2018, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 3.04, Western Gateway Building 

‘Preventing Child Trafficking: A Public Health Approach’

Prof. Jonathan Todres


27th February 2018, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building

Should scientists spend their valuable time on social media?

Dr. Darren Dahly 

13th February 2018, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building

Data Collection and Data Integration Tools to Support Public Health Research


Dr John O’Donoghue


7th February 2018, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 3.04, Western Gateway Building

‘The physical activity behaviours of older Irish adults: findings from the MCR Study’

Dr Cormac Powell


Seminars 2017



Presented By

1st December, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.02, Western Gateway Building

‘The experience of living with HIV’

Will Kennedy


28th November, 1 - 2pm, Room 4.02, Western Gateway Building

‘Using patient-reported outcome measures to improve healthcare: time for a new approach’

Prof. John Browne 

4th October, 1.15-2pm, Room G16, Western Gateway Building


‘Using Community Based Participatory Research to explore social determinants of Traveller Women’s Food and Exercise Behaviours’

Anne Burke and Mary Cronin  
28th September, 1:15 - 2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building

‘A Little Nightclub Medicine: Caring for Clubbers and other “Party Animals” in the 21st Century’

 Dr. Chris Luke 
14th September, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building

Self-harm and suicide in young people and those in the middle age group: Associated risk factors and evidence based interventions 


Prof. Ella Arensman
25th May, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building

A social researcher developing a career in medicine and health

Dr. Sarah Meaney
23rd May, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building

With Great Science, Comes Great Responsibility

Dr. Ria O’Sullivan-Lago
18th May, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building

New evidence for the physical activity health paradox from the prospective Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study: The different roles of fitness, leisure time and occupational physical activity for cardiovascular disease incidence, progression, and mortality.

Dr. Niklas Krause
17th May, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building

Strengthening the Civic Mission of Higher Education: the role of community engaged scholarship in medicine and health

Martin Galvin
11th May, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building A career in academic administration – my experience and thoughts Dr. Dervla Hogan
3rd May, 12:15-1:30pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization, and Public Health: a Dialogue Dr Kieran Keohane and Prof. Ivan Perry
25th April, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building Making steps towards gender equality at a local level Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire and Dr. Sarah M. Field
6th April, 12:15-1:00pm, Room 4.02, Western Gateway Building The Institut Obert de Catalunya and the risk prevention system in Catalonia Carme Cerdà
4th April, 1:15-2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building Career pathway: my experience…so far Maria Boyce
30th March, 12:15-1:00pm, Room 4.02, Western Gateway Building An Alternative Research Career – Research Administration Louise Burgoyne
21st March, 1:15 - 2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building

Engagement at scale - online mental health programmes

Gavin Doherty
7th March, 1:15 - 2:00pm, Room 4.02, Western Gateway Building

F.A.I.R. Data Management: principles, policy, and practice

Eoghan Ó Carragáin
23rd February, 1.15 - 2:00pm, Room 4.02, Western Gateway Building

Enforcing smoke-free universities: A descriptive analysis and phenomenology

Chris Seitz
13th February, 1:15 - 2:00pm, Room G17, Western Gateway Building

An overview of Athena SWAN at UCC

Ann King
3rd February, 1:15 - 2:00pm, Room 4.05, Western Gateway Building Biostatistics and Epidemiology: Opportunities in Industry  Eileen Curran 

Seminars 2016

Date/Venue Title Presented By
16th December, 12:30-13:30, Western Gateway Building Room 405 Improving Diabetes Care in Ireland: Challenges and Opportunities Professor Sean F Dinneen
15th December, 1.15 - 2.00pm, Western Gateway Building Room 405 Information for Action. Utilising basic public health skills in a humanitarian emergency – a perspective from the Typhoon Haiyan response in the Philippines, 2014 Dr Aileen Kitching
13th December, 1.15 - 2.00pm, Western Gateway Building Room 405 Proposed Pilot for Cork City: Enhancing awareness, connectivity & transparency in the food system Pavlos Georgiadis
29th November, 1.15 - 2.00pm, Western Gateway Building Room 402 The Process of Applying for a HRB Cochrane Fellowship - Tips for Success Dr Sinead O Neill

24th November, 1.15 - 2.00pm, Western Gateway Building Room 405

Ethical deviance and healthcare professionals Dr Myles Balfe

18th November, 1.15 - 2.00pm, Western Gateway Building Room 405

Mapping and categorization of published burden of disease studies in Europe Mark O'Donovan, Bsc. Public Health

3rd November, 1.15 - 2.00pm, Western Gateway Building Room 405

Pharmacoepidemiology in Ireland: the good, the bad and the ugly Professor Kathleen Bennett

4th October, 1.15-2.00pm, Western Gateway Building Room 304

Cyberbullying in Young People: Behaviours, Experiences, Resolutions Rebecca Dennehy

21 September WGB 4.05 1.10-2PM

Current Status of Suicide Prevention Internationally: Enhancing Suicide Prevention in Ireland Professor Ella Arensman

8th September WGB 4.05


Oral Presentations for Soc Soc Med 2016 and INFANT Research Day 2016 Four members from the department have been selected to present at the upcoming Society of Social Medicine in Dublin (12th-16th September 2016) and INFANT Research Day (9th September 2016)

6th September WGB 3. 04 1.15-2pm

Assessment and harmonisation of dietary intake methods for pan-European research: Challenges and Implications for Nutrition Surveillance in Ireland. Janas Harrington

29th June WGB 4.05


The use and abuse of the P-Value Dr Darren Dahly
17th June WGB 4.05, 1.15-2pm An overview of Boston Scientific Therapies and the Use of Statistical Methods to Validate Them Dr Sean Curran
14th June 4.05, 1.15-2pm Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Workshop Ms Shelly Chakraborty
31st May WGB 4.05, 1.15-2pm Psychosocial stress in a nutritional public health perspective Dr Nathalie Michels
10th May WGB 4.05, 1.15 - 2pm Writing Research Grants Prof Lisa Chasan Taber
6th May 4.05, 1.15-2pm CV Outcome Trials in Type 2 Diabetes: A Review Prof. Neil Poulter
19th April WGB 4.05, 2.15-3.15pm The Danish National Birth Cohort history, content and examples of use Prof. Jørn Olsen
5th April WGB 4.05, 1.15-2pm Obstetric Mode of Delivery and Child Psychological Development Eileen Curran
24th March WGB 4.02, 1.15-2pm Quintile Regression Eileen Curran
16th March WGB 3.04, 1.15 - 2pm Research integrity Prof. John Browne
25th February WGB 4.02 The challenges of healthcare in contemporary Africa Ms Fatia Kiyange
23rd February WGB G02 1-3pm SPHeRE presentations Ms Emily Kelleher, Mr Kieran Walsh, Ms Gillian Maher, Ms Sarah Fitzgerald
22nd February WGB 3.01 1-3pm SPHeRE presentations Mr David O’Riordan, Ms Caragh Flannery, Ms Sharon Cadogan, Ms Christina Hansen
11th February WGB G02 12.15-1pm A data protection briefing Ms. Audrey Huggard and Ms. Catriona O'Sullivan
12th January 1.15 -2.15pm, Western Gateway Building Room 4.05 A structural approach to bias Dr. Darren Dahly

Seminars 2015


Date/Venue Title Presented By

12th January 1.15 -2.15pm, Western Gateway Building Room 4.05

A structural approach to bias

Dr. Darren Dahly

3rd December 1.15 -2.15pm, Western Gateway Building Room 4.05

Some Reflections on Causation

Prof. Ivan Perry

3rd November 2015

1.15-2pm, Western Gateway Building Room 4.05  

‘Psychometric Scaling: Modern Measurement Methods'

Prof John Browne, 

Professor of Epidemiology

and Public Health.

27-October 2015

1.15-2pm, Western Gateway Building Room G16 

‘Gestational age and birth weight and the risk of childhood type 1 diabetes: a population-based cohort and sibling design study’

Dr Ali Khashan, 

Senior Lecturer, 

Epidemiology & Public Health.

27th August 2015 Oral Presentations for Soc Soc Med 2015

Six members from the department

have been selected to present at the upcoming Society of Social Medicine in Dublin (2nd-4th September 2015).

12th June 2015 It’s Never too Early: Diabetes Prevention in Pregnancy Prof Lisa Chasan-Taber, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
11th June 2015 Changes in Response to Food Associated with Weight Loss Prof Philip J Brantley, Pennington Biomedical Research Centre, Louisiana State University
12th May 2015 How much does cancer cost? Health economics in a national cancer registry. Dr Alison Pearce, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, National Cancer Registry Ireland
6th May 2015 Patient Level Costing: A time-driven activity based method for costing Type 2 Diabetes Dr Gerardine Doyle, Senior Lecturer, School of Business, University College Dublin
23rd April 2015 Life course epidemiology: statistical approaches with examples from the epidemiology of child growth and cardio metabolic health Dr Laura Howe, statistical epidemiologist at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol
17th April 2015 The realist evaluation of a palliative integrated care pathway in primary care: what works, for whom, and in what circumstances Dr Sonia Darkin, Research Fellow, University of Leeds
18th March 2015 Familial confounding and the association between mode of delivery and neurodevelopmental disorders Ms Eileen Curran, PhD student, Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research
19th February 2015 Epidemiology & prevention of cardio-metabolic disease:

A journey from the Mediterranean region to Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Saverio Stranges, Associate Clinical Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Division of Health Sciences,

Tuesday 17th February, 2015


Venue: WGB 4.05

Western Gateway Building

Evaluating the hospital management of self-harm patients: an instrumental variable approach’    Robert Carroll, PhD student, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol.
Wednesday 28th January, 2015


Venue: WGB 4.02

Western Gateway Building
‘Studying the origins of ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes: evidence from studies in children’ Professor Peter Whincup, Clinical Epidemiologist and Professor of Epidemiology at St George’s, University of London

Wednesday 10th December, 2014


Venue: WGB 4.05

Western Gateway Building
 ‘An Introduction to Missing Data’ Dr Darren Daly, HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement award (ICE) research fellow

Wednesday 26th November 2014

2.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Venue: Brookfield G06.

Youth and Community Work Symposium Professor Peadar Kirby, UL, (Academic Extern), and Eoin O’Neill, Director, Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service (Practice Extern).

11am – 3pm

Friday 7th November

Aras Na MacLeinn, UCC

BSc International Development and Food Policy Placement Showcase 2014 Welcome and Opening Remarks   - Dr Edward Lahiff Academic Director, BSc International Development and Food Policy.

Thursday 13th November, 2014
Venue: WGB 4.05

Western Gateway Building

'Stroke Thrombolysis, Public Health and the Epidemiologist' Presented by Dr Roger Shinton, clinical epidemiologist, former consultant physician, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital and former Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
9am-3pm Monday 15th December

Venue: G05 Western Gateway Building

The Hippocampus in Health and Disease Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe

Venue: Western Gateway Building room  4.05

“Digesting the Neurocircuitry of Appetite using Electrophysiology Dr Harriet Schellekens and Dr Hamdy Shaban
1-2 pm Thursday 23rd October

Venue Western Gate Building: Room WGB 106 UCC

The Challenge of  Hidden Hunger

The 2014 Global Hunger Index
Connell Foley, Director of Strategy, Advocacy & Learning, Concern Worldwide
Thursday, 23rd October @ 4pm

Venue: Cavanagh Pharmacy Building LG 52
 “Influenza Virus Transmission : more than coughs and sneezes” Prof. Kim Roberts, Dept. of Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin

Thursday 23rd October, 2014


Venue: WGB 4.05Western Gateway Building

‘Methodological challenges to analyze dynamic patterns of determinants and diseases over time in longitudinal studies’ Prof Alex Burdorf, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiologist, University of Rotterdam.
Friday 3rd October

12 to 1pm

Aras na Laoi G30
Diet-Heart and Nutritional Epidemiology: Lessons Not Learned Dr Chris Sempos, Director for the Population Studies Program at the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements
Friday October 3, 2014

1 -2pm

Room 4.05

4th Floor Western Gateway Building

The Past, Present and Future of Malaria: an historical, ecological and personal perspective.

Dr Gerry F. Killeen, BSc PhD, of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and IFAKARA Health Institute, Tanzania

Monday 8th September, 2014


Western Gateway Building WGB 3.04

Oral presentations for SocSocMed Several members from the department will be presenting their work in preparation for the Society for Social Medicine 98th Annual Scientific Meeting, 10th- 12th September.

Thursday 28th August, 2014


Western Gateway Building WGB 4.05

“Ask for evidence” Síle Lane, Director of Campaigns at Sense About Science

Wednesday 6th August, 2014


Western Gateway Building WGB 4.05

“Growth Mixture Models in Epidemiology and the Impact of an Incorrectly Specified Random Structure on Model Inferences"

“Effects of mode of delivery and maternal irritable bowel syndrome on childhood autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in a British cohort”

Dr Darren Dahly, HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Award (ICE) research fellow

Ms Eileen Curran, PhD student with the Irish Centre for Fetal & Neonatal Translational Research

Monday 7th July, 2014


Western Gateway Building WGB 4.05

‘Resolving conflicts in the multimorbid consultation: How do GPs balance diseases, drugs and the views of other doctors?’ Dr. Carol Sinnott, Department of General Practice, UCC

Wednesday 4th June, 2014


Western Gateway Building WGB 4.02 

“Caesarean section and subsequent pregnancy outcome: a Danish register-based cohort study”
Ms Sinead O'Neill, HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research‌

Thursday 1st May, 2014,


Western Gateway Building WGB 4.02 

"Population-level variation in Early Childhood Development" Ms Margaret Curtin, Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC

Thursday 10th April, 2014

1:15pm - 2.00pm

Western Gateway Building WGB G04

“Sensory impairment and cognition, insights from experimental and population studies” Dr Anna Lisa Setti, Lecturer, Applied Psychology, UCC

Wednesday 19th March, 2014

1:15pm - 2.00pm

Western Gateway Building WGB 4.02

“Participation in daily activities and health related quality of life of late adolescents in contemporary Ireland" Ms Eithne Hunt, Lecturer, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapies, UCC
Monday 3rd March, 2014 1:15pm - 2.00pm Western Gateway Building WGB 1.06 “Health Behaviour Change: Designing and Implementing Effective Interventions” Dr Molly Byrne, HRB Research Leader & Research Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, NUI Galway



Oral presentations for SocSocMed

School of Public Health

Scoil na Sláinte Poiblí

4th Floor, Western Gateway Building, Western Road,