Michael Conall Dennedy

Michael Conall Dennedy

Investigator

Dr Conall Dennedy is a Senior lecturer in therapeutics and a consultant endocrinologist with a subspecialty interest in functioning adrenocortical tumours.

He is a clinician scientist with a large clinical practice in addition to his research profile at the University. He completed a BSc in pharmacology at NUIG in 2000,and completed his medical studies graduating with MB BAO BCh from NUIG in 2002. He followed this with an MD in reproductive medicine in 2007 and a PhD in medicine in 2013. He is also undertaken postdoctoral research and clinical fellowship at the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital.

His specific research interests relate to (i) understanding the role of cholesterol in the survival and the function of adrenocortical cancer and (ii) developing novel therapeutics using thermal therapy (ablation and nanotechnology approaches) to precisely target functioning adrenocortical adenomas underlying primary aldosteronism. He has attained recent research funding through the SFI/NIH US Ireland Research and Development Partnership Award to pursue these pathways of investigation.

Since starting his research lab at NUIG in 2015, Dr Dennedy has developed strong collaborations with partner investigators at the Mayo Clinic, Kansas State University, the University of Zurich, University of Cambridge, University of Birmingham and within the European Network for the Study of Adrenal Tumours. Through these studies, he is involved in several large collaborative studies investigating the metabolomic footprint of adrenocortical tumours in humans, namely EURINE-ACT and ENSAT-HT. Locally, his research interests are strongly aligned with the Translational Medical Devices Laboratory at NUI Galway.

Dr Dennedy is also the national director of the HRB/Wellcome ICAT programme, a €16.5 million funded programme to develop training for clinician scientists in Ireland. He has sat on the National Working Group for Rare Diseases in Ireland and the Rare Diseases Technology Review Committee. He is also the clinical lead for Endocrinology for the International Clinical Fellows Programme at RCPI. Locally he sits on the research ethics committee at Galway University Hospital and the Resaerch Committees of the School of Medicine and the College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway.