Our Team

Research Fellow in Palliative Medicine

Dr. Cliona Lorton has completed a Research Fellowship at Trinity College Dubli n, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and based in the Academic Department of Palliative Medicine in OLH&CS. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she began her career in Palliative Medicine in OLH&CS and Blackrock Hospice. After a period of work with Hospice Africa in Uganda, she undertook higher training in Palliative Medicine in Wales. She was Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine (TCD / OLH&CS) from 2014-2016 and in 2016 was appointed as Research Fellow. Her research interests include malnutrition in cancer and cancer-related inflammation. Cliona is a Locum Consultant in Palliative Medicine in OLH&CS.


Research Fellow in Palliative Medicine

Dr Bernadette Brady graduated from medicine in Trinity College Dublin in 2006 and subsequently completed general medical training & MRCPI in 2009. She has been working in palliative medicine since 2009 & completed higher specialist training in palliative medicine in 2015. During her training, she undertook an MSc in Healthcare Ethics & Law from RCSI (2012) with a thesis on Artificial Hydration & Nutrition at End of Life, and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine (RCSI 2012). She also spent 9 months working with Hospice Africa Uganda in Kampala & Mbarara, Uganda. Bernadette’s research topic is Cardiac and Cardiovascular Autonomic Nervous System Function in Cancer-Related Fatigue. In addition to research, she works as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in Tallaght University Hospital.


Research Nurse

Michelle Barrett is a RGN with over 20 years clinical nursing experience in cardiac and general nursing. In 2015, Michelle completed a MSc in Palliative Care in Trinity College Dublin. She has both lectured and published in the subject of palliative care in heart failure. Michelle joined the Academic Department of Palliative Medicine as a Research Nurse in 2015. Her research interest is in symptom management in advanced cancer.


Research Fellow

Aidan O’ Donoghue qualified from Trinity College Dublin & Dublin institute of Technology with a BSc in Human Nutrition & Dietetics. He is a CORU registered dietitian who has worked in the areas of general medicine, gastroenterology and oncology. He has worked as a clinical tutor for Trinity College Dublin.

Aidan is currently undertaking a PhD with Trinity College Dublin in the School of Medicine. He has a particular interest in nutrition impact symptoms associated with cancer. His PhD is investigating the symptom of early satiety in cancer patients receiving both palliative care and active treatment. Aidan is also involved in the Onco-Nutrition group of researchers and oncology dietitians that focuses on research which benefits clinical services in several tertiary hospitals across Ireland.


Clinical Lecturers in Palliative Medicine

Dr Aoibheann Conneely is currently the special lecturer in Palliative Medicine in University College Dublin (2018 – 2021). Aoibheann graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2009 and completed her specialist training in Palliative Medicine in July 2018. During her training she completed an MSc in Palliative Care in King’s College London. Aoibheann is a research fellow undertaking an MD exploring the topic of equity in death in Ireland under the supervision of Professor Clíona Ní Cheallaigh and Dr Norma O’Leary in TCD. Aoibheann’s research interests include an inclusion health approach to palliative care, socioeconomic position and its impact on health care, palliative care for people experiencing homelessness, and sleep in cancer.

Dr Niamh Cleary is the current TCD Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine. She was appointed in July 2020. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners. After working in general practice, she worked in community palliative care. She is currently undertaking a postgraduate certificate in medical education in the University of Cardiff.