Dr Sinead Walsh

PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
E: WALSHS@nuigalway.ie
Lecturer in Medical Education
Comerford Building
Clinical Science Institute
Costello Road
Galway
 
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
(2021) 'Practical tips for introducing high-fidelity simulation to undergraduates at a large scale: learning from our experience'
Sinead M Walsh, Maria Costello, Ella Murphy, Aoife Lowery, Bronwyn Reid McDermott, Dara Byrne (2021) 'Practical tips for introducing high-fidelity simulation to undergraduates at a large scale: learning from our experience'. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 7 :452-453 [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]
(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]
(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]
(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]
(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]
(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]
(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]
(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]
(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]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2021) 'Sleep Disorders and the COVID-19 Pandemic'
Sinead Walsh (2021) 'Sleep Disorders and the COVID-19 Pandemic' Hospital Professional News, . [Details]
(2021) 'Removing the confusion around Delirium The role of Simulation-Based Education in Geriatric Medicine teaching'
Maria Costello, Sinead Walsh, Matthew Smyth, Bronwyn Reid-McDermott, Dara Byrne, Christine McCarthy, Clodagh Mc Dermott, Tomás Ó Flatharta, Stephanie Robinson, Michelle Canavan, Martin O’Donnell (2021) 'Removing the confusion around Delirium The role of Simulation-Based Education in Geriatric Medicine teaching' Irish Gerontological Society Quarterly E-Publication, . [Details]
(2021) 'Sleep Disorders and the COVID-19 Pandemic'
Sinead Walsh (2021) 'Sleep Disorders and the COVID-19 Pandemic' Irish Pharmacy News, . [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2018) American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am M Respir Crit Care Med 2018; 197: A6484
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 Annual Scientific Meeting; Am M Respir Crit Care Med 2018; 197: A6484 [Details]
(2018) American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2018; 197: A4933
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 Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2018; 197: A4933 [Details]
(2015) American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 191; 2015: A4929
Walsh SM, Worrell JC, Fabre A, Kane R, Keane MP (2015) Gremlin distinguishes the myofibroblast derived from the IPF fibroblast from the Myofibroblast derived from the Normal fibroblast, Fibrocyte & Epithelial Cell in pulmonary fibrosis American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 191; 2015: A4929 [Details]
(2015) Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Ir J Med Sci 184, 475–547 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11845-015-1356-8
K. U. Gaynor, N. Murphy, S. C. Rowan, S. M. Walsh, A. Fabre, J. Boylan, M. P. Keane, P. McLoughlin (2015) Altered Expression of Bone Morphogenetic Protein Accessory Proteins in Pulmonary Fibrosis Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Ir J Med Sci 184, 475–547 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11845-015-1356-8 [Details]
(2015) Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting
Walsh SM, Worrell JC, Fabre A, Kane R, Keane MP (2015) Is Gremlin causing havoc in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis? Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting Cork, Ireland, , 12-NOV-15 - 14-NOV-15 [Details]
(2015) European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Meeting; European Respiratory Journal 2015 46: PA3845; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.congress-2015.PA3845
Paul Minnis, Rosemary Kane, Rachel Anglin, Sinead Walsh, Julie Worrel, Faheem Khan, Robert V. Lumsden, Sharon Whitty, Michael P. Keane (2015) Serum exosomes from IPF patients display a fibrotic miRNA profile that correlates to clinical measures of disease severity European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Meeting; European Respiratory Journal 2015 46: PA3845; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.congress-2015.PA3845 [Details]
(2014) European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Eur Respir J 2014; 44: Suppl. 58, P792
Walsh SM, Boylan DA, Worrell JC, Lumsden RV, Kane R, Keane MP (2014) The myofibroblast in pulmonary fibrosis displays distinct functional characteristics, depending on its source of origin European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Eur Respir J 2014; 44: Suppl. 58, P792 [Details]
(2014) American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 189; 2014: A2815
E Kelly, SM Walsh, JB Richards (2014) Are we training our fellows to teach? A Trans-Atlantic Collaboration American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 189; 2014: A2815 [Details]
(2014) Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Ir J Med Sci (2014) 183 (Suppl 11): S483-S542
Walsh SM, Worrell JC, Boylan DA, Lumsden R, Fabre A, Kane R, Keane MP (2014) Investigating the Potential Origins of the Myofibroblast in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Ir J Med Sci (2014) 183 (Suppl 11): S483-S542 [Details]
(2013) Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Ir J Med Sci (2013) 182 (Suppl 10); S477
Walsh SM, Boylan DA, Lumsden R, Worrell JC, Kane R, Fabre A, Keane MP (2013) The Effect of TGF-β & TNF-α on Collagen 1A1 Gene Expression & Collagen Production in Human Fibrocytes Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Ir J Med Sci (2013) 182 (Suppl 10); S477 [Details]
(2012) American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185; 2012: A5066
Pallin MP, Walsh SM, Cahalan A, Murray C, Brown L, Carter M, Mitchell P, O’Driscoll MF, McDonnell TJ, Butler MW (2012) Irish Smokers with COPD Strongly Support Screening for Lung Cancer by Low Dose CT Scan American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185; 2012: A5066 [Details]
(2011) European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Eur Respir J 2011; 38: Suppl.55, 404s, P2263
Walsh SM, Khan F, Divilly D, Gilmartin JJ (2011) Investigating for dyslipidemia in those being referred for suspected obstructive sleep apnoea European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Eur Respir J 2011; 38: Suppl.55, 404s, P2263 [Details]
(2010) American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 181; 2010: A3695
Walsh SM, Finan K, Gilmartin JJ (2010) Screening for Type 2 Diabetes in Patients Referred for Polysomnography to Investigate for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea American Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Am J Respir Crit Care Med 181; 2010: A3695 [Details]
(2010) Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Ir J Med Sci (2010), 179, (Suppl 12), S460
Walsh SM, Amir Z, Ali S, McDonnell TJ (2010) Two Cases of ‘Difficult to treat’ Tuberculosis post anti-TNF-alpha treatment for arthritis Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Ir J Med Sci (2010), 179, (Suppl 12), S460 [Details]
(2010) European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Eur Respir J 2010; 36: Suppl.54, 806s, P4427
Walsh SM, Divilly D, Rutherford R, Gilmartin JJ (2010) Evaluation of thyroid function in patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Eur Respir J 2010; 36: Suppl.54, 806s, P4427 [Details]
(2008) European Calcified Tissue Society; Calcified Tissue International, S179, Volume 82, Suppl 1, 2008
Walsh SM, McDonnell A, Healy M, Gallagher M, Walsh JB, Casey MC (2008) The Relationship of Hypocalciuria to Bone Mineral Density and Biochemical Bone Markers European Calcified Tissue Society; Calcified Tissue International, S179, Volume 82, Suppl 1, 2008 [Details]
(2008) European Calcified Tissue Society; Calcified Tissue International, S179, Volume 82, Suppl 1, 2008
The Prevalence of Hypocalciuria in a Specialist Bone Clinic (2008) The Prevalence of Hypocalciuria in a Specialist Bone Clinic European Calcified Tissue Society; Calcified Tissue International, S179, Volume 82, Suppl 1, 2008 [Details]
(2008) Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Ir J Med Sci (2008) 177 (Suppl 9); S346
Walsh SM, McCormack R, Healy M, Crowley V, Walsh JB, Casey MC (2008) The Clinical Presentation and Prevalence of Hypocalciuria in a Specialist Bone Clinic Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Ir J Med Sci (2008) 177 (Suppl 9); S346 [Details]
(2008) Chest Annual Scientific Meeting; Chest 2008 134: 41002S
Walsh SM, Walsh JB, Casey MC (2008) The Prevalence of Osteoporosis, Osteopenia and Vertebral Fractures in Sarcoidosis Patients Chest Annual Scientific Meeting; Chest 2008 134: 41002S [Details]
(2005) British Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Thorax 2005, 60 (Suppl 2): ii77 (P81)
Lyons O, Walsh S, Kavanagh A, Zia S, Gilmartin JJ (2005) Is the presence of the Metabolic Syndrome a predictor of disease severity in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome British Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting; Thorax 2005, 60 (Suppl 2): ii77 (P81) [Details]
(2005) Sir Peter Freyer Surgical Symposium; Ir J Med Sci, 2005,174, No 3, Suppl 1, A108
Walsh S, Salman R, McLoughlin R, Kerin M (2005) Mammographic Screening of a Referral Population Sir Peter Freyer Surgical Symposium; Ir J Med Sci, 2005,174, No 3, Suppl 1, A108 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2021) Irish Network of Healthcare Educators (InHED) Annual Scientific Meeting,
Sinead Walsh (2021) Saved by ExBL (Experience Based learning): how COVID-19 mandated reductions in clinical placement time have revolutionised clinical placements in the final year undergraduate medical programme at NUI Galway. [Oral Presentation], Irish Network of Healthcare Educators (InHED) Annual Scientific Meeting, Virtual conference , 10-MAR-21 - 12-MAR-21. [Details]
(2021) Irish Network of Healthcare Educators (InHED) Annual Scientific Meeting,
Sinead Walsh (2021) Online medication safety and prescribing teaching for final year undergraduate medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic: challenges and solutions. [Oral Presentation], Irish Network of Healthcare Educators (InHED) Annual Scientific Meeting, Virtual conference , 10-MAR-21 - 12-MAR-21. [Details]
(2020) Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Annual meeting,
Sinead 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) Associations of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland,
Sinead Walsh (2015) Investigating the Potential Origins of the Myofibroblast in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. [Invited Oral Presentation], Associations of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland, Sheffield , 26-MAR-15 - 27-MAR-15. [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]
(2014) 18th International Colloquium on Lung and Airway Fibrosis,
Sinead Walsh (2014) Investigating the Potential Origins of the Myofibroblast in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. [Poster Presentation], 18th International Colloquium on Lung and Airway Fibrosis, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada , 20-SEP-14 - 24-SEP-14. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2021 Professor Pat McHugh Award for Best Consultant Teacher NUI Galway
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