SPH Seminar Series 2021

Seminar Series 2021

Seminar Series 2021 underway at School of Public Health

The School of Public Health Seminar Series aims to provide insights into a range of topics across the spectrum of public health, including research, policy, and practice. The School’s 2021 series includes topics from diverse disciplines and different perspectives. The multi-disciplinary seminar series includes several presentations focused on public health aspects of COVID-19 as well as many other public health related topics.

“Seminars such as these are always important to exchange knowledge, facilitate the sharing of accurate and reliable information, and to inform discussion. However, it is even more vital that factually correct and well researched information is communicated to us all during this pandemic”, highlights Professor Patricia Kearney, School of Public Health, UCC.







 Presented by Dr Eithne Hunt


Tuesday 19th October

Organised by Edel Burton and Professor Patricia Kearney


Dr. Eithne Hunt 

Eithne is a State registered occupational therapist who has worked in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UCC since 2003.


In September 2020, she was seconded to the UCC Graduate Attributes Programme in a part-time capacity to the role of academic advisor. In this role, she is principally leading on the implementation of Action 17 of Priority 4 of UCC Academic Strategy, the student self-assessment now known as the UCC Graduate Attributes and Values Compass.





Incentivised elicitation of risk attitudes and beliefs about the COVID-19 pandemic 

in asample of US students: a 6-wave experiment

Presented by Professor Don Ross 



Tuesday 21st September 2021 

      Organisers: Edel Burton & Prof Patricia Kearney    


Prof. Don Ross

Don Ross is Professor and Head of the School of Society, Politics, and Ethics at UCC; Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town; and Program Director for Methodology at the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University.


His recent research has focused on experimental economics of risk and time preferences, particularly in relation to addiction and other health challenges; economics of normative social regulation in both people and other animals, particularly elephants; public infrastructure provision and achievement of improved transport access in Africa; and the implications of quantum theory for the mathematical foundations of scientific inference. He is the author or editor of 14 books and many journal articles. He has undertaken consulting projects for the South African Government, the World Bank, the US Department of Commerce, and companies in the financial services industry.






“The Australian approach to SARS-CoV-2” 

Presented by Dr Niall Conroy

Organisers: Edel Burton & Prof. Patricia Kearney 



Dr Niall Conroy

Niall Conroy is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and is the Director of Public Health at Wide Bay Public Health Unit, Queensland.

He is also a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. Niall trained in public health medicine in Australia and has managed outbreaks in Sierra Leone, Somalia, Nepal, Australia and Ireland. He has a special interest in newborn global health and in transmission dynamics of pandemic viruses in vulnerable populations.




COVID-19. Is it a Pandemic of Buildings?

A seminar on COVID-19 and airborne transmission.

Presented by Ms Orla Hegarty 


Organisers: Edel Burton & Prof. Patricia Kearney 

Seminar Video - just click on the image below.


Orla Hegarty is an architect and assistant professor at the School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy in University College Dublin.


Her area of research is the built environment, housing and the construction industry, with particular interests in building safety, sustainability and quality. In the last year she has been actively collaborating in cross-disciplinary research into Covid-19, and understanding how the environmental science of pandemic is key to suppression and using buildings at low risk. She is a member of a new expert group advising NPHET. 








Practical Steps for the Archiving of Qualitative Research Data  

Presented by Dr Aileen O’Carroll 

Organisers: Edel Burton & Prof Patricia Kearney  

To view the Seminar Video, click on the image below.


Dr Aileen O’Connell

Aileen is the Policy Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland and manager at the Irish Qualitative Data Archive. Her work in the field of digital data is concerned with research methods, ethics & privacy and research data management.

Aileen advises researchers on best practice in managing and archiving research projects, both to ensure that ethical commitments are met and that the data gathered is of the highest standard to facilitate optimal re-use by a variety of audiences. As a sociologist she has used qualitative research in her books Working time, knowledge work and post-industrial society (2015) and the Dublin Docker (2017).  

She has published two research collections on the Digital Repository of Ireland; the Life History and Social Change Collection (https://doi.org/10.7486/DRI.9593xp97w-1) and the Repeal the Eight and Reproductive Rights Collection ( https://doi.org/10.7486/DRI.kh04tb834), and advised the Growing Up in Ireland team on the protocols used to publish their qualitative data set (https://doi.org/10.7486/DRI.66839j869). In her talk she will be drawing on these experiences to discuss the issues that researchers need to consider when preparing their data for deposit. 





The COVID-19 Vaccine: An Overview  

Presented by Dr Anne Moore

Organisers: Edel Burton & Prof. Patricia Kearney 

Seminar Video - just click on the image below.


 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. 





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