Palliative Care

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Academic Department of Palliative Medicine

Professor of Palliative Medicine

Prof Andrew Davies is the Professor of Palliative Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Our Lady’s Hospice Dublin. He was an undergraduate at St. George’s Hospital Medical School in London, and initially trained in general medicine (and clinical oncology), before specialising in Palliative Medicine. His previous academic appointments were at the University of Bristol, Imperial College London, and the University of Surrey: the related consultant (clinical) positions were at Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre, the Royal Marsden Hospital, and the Royal Surrey County Hospital / St. Luke’s Cancer Centre. His main clinical / research interests are symptom control in patients with cancer (breakthrough cancer pain, opioid-induced constipation), and clinical problems at the end-of-life (prognostication, clinically assisted hydration). He is the President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), and Co-Chair of the Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life Network of the European Cancer Organisation.

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 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.

Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine

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. 

Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine

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.

Research Fellow in Palliative Medicine

Dr. Cliona Lorton has completed a Research Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, 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

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.

Academic Secretary

For further queries contact Aoife Darmody, Academic Secretary to Professor Andrew Davies, on or 01 498 6235



Book chapters

Davies A. Oral care. In: Cherny N, Fallon M, Kaasa S, Portenoy RK, Currow DC, editors. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 6th Oxford: Oxford University Press (in press).

Journal articles

Davies A, Leach C, Butler C, Gregory A, Henshaw S, Minton O, Shorthose K, Batsari KM. Opioid-induced constipation in cancer patients: a “real-world”, multicentre, observational study of diagnostic criteria and clinical features. Pain 2021; 162: 309-18. Read abstract here

Davies A, Buchanan A, Todd J, Gregory A, Batsari KM. Oral symptoms in patients with advanced cancer: an observational study using a novel oral symptom assessment scale. Supportive Care in Cancer 2021 Jan 8. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05903-1. Read abstract here

McMahon D, Wee B. Medical undergraduate palliative care education (UPCE). BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. 2021 March;11:4-6. Read full text here



Duffy A, Holland N. Palliative Care Support. Tipperary: Boru Press Ltd; 2020.

Journal Articles

Alderman B, Webber K, Davies A. An audit of end-of-life symptom control in patients with Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) dying in a hospital in the United Kingdom. Palliative Medicine 2020; 34: 1249-55. Read abstract here

Barrett MUí Dhuibhir P, Njoroge C, Wickham S, Buchanan P, Aktas A, Walsh D. Diet and nutrition information on nine national cancer organisation websites: A critical review. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2020 Sep;29(5):e13280. Read abstract here

Berman R, Davies A, Cooksley T, Carter L, Darlington E, Scotte F, Gralla R, Higham C. Supportive care: an indispensable component of modern oncology. Clinical Oncology 2020; 32: 781-8. Read abstract here

Brady B, Mulqueen L, Cunningham J. Twelve Years in Pain: Case Report on the Management of Complex Pain in Syringomyelia. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2020 Mar;59(3):e1-e3. Read full text  here

Connolly C. Comfort and care. In Essence. 2020 Autumn Winter; 19(1): 38-41

Davies AN. Supportive care: “makes excellent cancer care possible”. Oncolytics Today 2020; Spring: 52-3.

Davies A, Hayes J. Palliative care in the context of a pandemic: similar but different. Clinical Medicine 2020; 20: 274-7. Read full text here

Davies A, Leach C, Caponero R, Dickman A, Fuchs D, Paice J, Emmanuel A. MASCC recommendations on the management of constipation in patients with advanced cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer 2020; 28: 23-33. Read abstract here

Gardiner C, Robinson J, Connolly M, Hulme C, Kang K, Rowland C, Larkin P, Meads D, Morgan T, Gott M. Equity and the financial costs of informal caregiving in palliative care: a critical debate. BMC Palliat Care. 2020 May 19;19(1):71. Read full text here

Hall S, Thompson J, Phair T, Davies A. An evaluation of the prescribing activity of three Independent Nurse Prescribers / Clinical Nurse Specialists working in Supportive and Palliative Care Team in a district general hospital and UK cancer centre. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 2020; 10: 111-3. Read full text here

Lorton CM, Griffin O, Higgins K, Roulston F, Stewart G, Gough N, Barnes E, Aktas A, Walsh TD. Late referral of cancer patients with malnutrition to dietitians: a prospective study of clinical practice. Support Care Cancer. 2020 May;28(5):2351-2360. Read full text here

Lucey M, O’Reilly M, Currow D, Eagar K, Walsh D, Conroy M, Twomey F, O’Reilly V, Doherty M, Coffey S, Sheridan J, Moran S. Is Inpatient Hospice Care Clinically Effective? Using Phase of Illness to Evaluate Care Outcomes for Patients Admitted to a Specialist Palliative Care Unit in Ireland. J Palliat Med. 2020 Apr;23(4):535-541. Read full text here

Malibari NM, Connolly M, Aljohani AS. Self-Assessment of Competence in Palliative Care of Medical Doctors Working in Saudi Arabia. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020 Oct 8:1049909120963569. Read abstract here

Sheridan, M. Kemple, A. Hyde, P. Fox, E. Furlong, B. Coughlan, M. Bell, C. Naughton, S. Carberry, J. Drennan. Non-use of cancer information services among people experiencing cancer in Ireland. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2020 Jan 30;44:101700. Read full text here

Uí Dhuibhir P, Barrett M, O’Donoghue N, Gillham C, El Beltagi N, Walsh D. Self-reported and objective taste and smell evaluation in treatment-naive solid tumour patients. Support Care Cancer. 2020 May;28(5):2389-2396. Read full text here

Uí Dhuibhir P, Spotten L, O’Connor B, O’Donoghue N, Walsh D. Complete Oral Nutritional Supplements: Compliance, Palatability, Tolerance In Healthy Volunteers. Journal of Nutrition & Dietetic Practice; 2020 4(1):001-006. Read full text here

Webber K, Davies AN, Leach C, Bradley A. Alcohol and drug use disorders in patients with cancer and caregivers: effects on caregiver burden. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 2020; 10: 242-7. Read full text here