Dr. Sinead Walsh

PhD

 
researcher
 

Biography

Lecturer in Medical Education 

Consultant Respiratory Physician (subspecialty interests include pulmonary fibrosis and sleep medicine)

Undergraduate Medical studies at NUI Galway (MB BCh BAO Hons, 2004)

Internship, Basic Specialist Training & Higher Specialist Training in Respiratory & General Internal Medicine (Galway University Hospital, Waterford Regional Hospital, St James Hospital, St Vincents University Hospital)

Masters of Medical Science (Healthcare Informatics) NUIG (2011)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Translational Medicine, University College Dublin (2016). Thesis title: Myofibroblast populations in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Novel Differences in Gene Expression and Functional Capabilities

Keen interest in medical education.
Undergraduate: Academic coordinator for final year undergraduate medical programme in NUIG.  Particularly interested in simulation, human factors, teaching of clinical skills and assessment in medical education. 
Postgraduate: P
ortfolio tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education.  Support NCHD's preparing for their MRCPI examinations  by providing MCQ preparation sessions and bedside teaching.  Lecture MSc Radiology students on ILD.  

Currently completing Diploma in Sleep Medicine with Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Research Interests

Respiratory medicine
Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
Sleep medicine
Medical education 
Preparedness for clinical practice 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2020) 'Sleep apnoea: no obstruction to international travel'
Walsh SM;Flaherty GT; (2020) 'Sleep apnoea: no obstruction to international travel'. Journal Of Travel Medicine, 27 (4) [DOI] [Details]
(2020) 'CXCR3A promotes the secretion of the anti-fibrotic decoy receptor sIL-13R¿2 by pulmonary fibroblasts'
Worrell JC;Walsh SM;Fabre A;Kane R;Hinz B;Keane MP; (2020) 'CXCR3A promotes the secretion of the anti-fibrotic decoy receptor sIL-13R¿2 by pulmonary fibroblasts'. American Journal Of Physiology: Cell Physiology, [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Diseases in the Elderly'
Walsh, S.M., O’Regan, A.W (2018) 'Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Diseases in the Elderly'. Current Geriatrics Reports, 7 :174-180 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Novel differences in gene expression and functional capabilities of myofibroblast populations in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis'
Walsh SM;Worrell JC;Fabre A;Hinz B;Kane R;Keane MP; (2018) 'Novel differences in gene expression and functional capabilities of myofibroblast populations in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis'. American Journal Of Physiology-Lung Cellular And Molecular Physiology, 315 (5) [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'The lady with the dragon tattoo'
O’Beirne SL, O’Dwyer DN, Walsh SM, Dodd JD, Crotty TB, Donnelly SC (2016) 'The lady with the dragon tattoo'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Altered Expression of Bone Morphogenetic Protein Accessory Proteins in Murine and Human Pulmonary Fibrosis'
Murphy N;Gaynor KU;Rowan SC;Walsh SM;Fabre A;Boylan J;Keane MP;McLoughlin P; (2016) 'Altered Expression of Bone Morphogenetic Protein Accessory Proteins in Murine and Human Pulmonary Fibrosis'. The American Journal Of Pathology, 186 (3) [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'First do no harm: nasogastric tube placement and confirmation'
Walsh SM, Gallagher A, Gallagher R, Barnes E, Doherty GA, Dodd JD, Butler MW (2016) 'First do no harm: nasogastric tube placement and confirmation'. Quarterly Journal Medicine, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'CXCL9 Regulates TGF-ß1-Induced Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in Human Alveolar Epithelial Cells'
O'Beirne SL;Walsh SM;Fabre A;Reviriego C;Worrell JC;Counihan IP;Lumsden RV;Cramton-Barnes J;Belperio JA;Donnelly SC;Boylan D;Marchal-Sommé J;Kane R;Keane MP; (2015) 'CXCL9 Regulates TGF-ß1-Induced Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in Human Alveolar Epithelial Cells'. Immunology, 195 (6) [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Modulation of pulmonary fibrosis by IL-13R¿2'
Lumsden RV;Worrell JC;Boylan D;Walsh SM;Cramton J;Counihan I;O'Beirne S;Medina MF;Gauldie J;Fabre A;Donnelly SC;Kane R;Keane MP; (2015) 'Modulation of pulmonary fibrosis by IL-13R¿2'. American Journal Of Physiology-Lung Cellular And Molecular Physiology, 308 (7) [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Are respiratory specialist registrars trained to teach?'
Kelly E;Walsh SM;Richards JB; (2015) 'Are respiratory specialist registrars trained to teach?'. Erj Open Research, 1 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Overwhelming support among urban Irish COPD patients for lung cancer screening by low-dose CT scan'
Pallin M;Walsh S;O'Driscoll MF;Murray C;Cahalane A;Brown L;Carter M;Mitchell P;McDonnell TJ;Butler MW; (2012) 'Overwhelming support among urban Irish COPD patients for lung cancer screening by low-dose CT scan'. Lung, 190 (6) [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2018) American Thoracic Society
Walsh SM, O'Regan AW (2018) Synthesising the correct diagnosis in the work-up of interstitial lung disease: Myositis panel may be key American Thoracic Society [Details]
(2018) American Thoracic Society
Walsh SM, Cahill T, Edwards C, Costello E, Walsh J, Russel A, O'Regan AW (2018) Patient-reported monitoring of symptoms and spirometry via the patientMpower platform in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis American Thoracic Society [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2020) Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Annual meeting,
S Walsh (2020) Preparing final year medical students for clinical practice by using simulated teaching scenarios: Feasibility & Feedback. [Oral Presentation], Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Annual meeting, Virtual Conference , 07-SEP-20 - 09-SEP-20. [Details]
(2020) Irish Network of Healthcare Educators (INHED) Annual Meeting,
S Walsh (2020) Introducing simulated teaching into the final year medical teaching programme: Feasibility & Overcoming Barriers. [Oral Presentation], Irish Network of Healthcare Educators (INHED) Annual Meeting, Dublin, Ireland , 13-FEB-20 - 14-FEB-20. [Details]
(2015) Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland Annual Meeting,
S Walsh (2015) Investigating the Potential Origins of the Myofibroblast in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. [Oral Presentation], Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland Annual Meeting, Sheffield, UK , 26-MAR-15 - 27-MAR-15. [Details]
(2015) Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting,
S Walsh (2015) Is Gremlin causing havoc in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?. [Oral Presentation], Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Cork, Ireland , 12-NOV-15 - 14-NOV-15. [Details]
(2008) CHEST Annual Scientific Meeting,
S Walsh (2008) The prevalence of osteoporosis, osteopenia and vertebral fractures in sarcoidosis patients. [Oral Presentation], CHEST Annual Scientific Meeting, Philadelphia, USA , 21-OCT-08 - 24-OCT-08. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2018 Winner of Irish Thoracic Society travel bursary to attend British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting, London, 5 – 7th Dec 2018 Irish Thoracic Society
2015 Irish Thoracic Society Travelling Fellowship Award Best Oral Presentation at ITS Meeting. Title: 'Is Gremlin causing havoc in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?' Irish Thoracic Society
2015 Winner of Irish Thoracic Society best abstract submitted to the American Thoracic Society Conference Irish Thoracic Society
2015 Winner of best poster in the Infection, Inflammation & Repair Moderated Poster Session at the UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation University College Dublin
2014 Travel award for Scientific Excellence (Poster presentation) at 18th International Colloquium on Lung & Airway Fibrosis (ICLAF) meeting, Mont Tremblant, Canada ICLAF scientific committee
2004 First prize in Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medical Scholarship in Surgery National University of Ireland
2002 First prize in Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medical Scholarship in Medical Microbiology National University of Ireland
2000 Third prize in Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medical Scholarship in Biochemistry National University of Ireland

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Member of the Royal College of Physicians United Kingdom (MRCPUK) Member /
Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) Member /
HERMES Diplomate (Harmonising Education in Respiratory Medicine in Europe) Diplomate /

Teaching Interests

Clinical skills 
Clinical reasoning
Simulation 
Human factors 
Assessment 

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
5MB Advanced Clinical Theory MD542
5MB Advanced Clinical Diagnosis MD540
5MB Advanced Clinical Management MD541
3MB Professionalism: Core Clinical Skills MD316
3MB Foundations in Clinical Management MD313
2MB Medical Professionalism 2 MD202
Post-graduate Clinical Teaching Course Design & Evaluation MD1571
Post-graduate Learning Theory in Clinical Settings MD1570
Post-graduate Foundations of Assessment in Clinical Education MD1576