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Particulars

I work as an academic clinical lecturer, undertaking research at Queen's University Belfast and clinical work in endocrinology, diabetes mellitus and general internal medicine in the NHS in Northern Ireland.

I undertook my undergraduate medical degree at QUB and graduated in 2013 with one distinction. During this time I also undertook an MRes, graduating with distinction. I obtained my PhD in 2023. 

I am a member of the following professional societies:

Irish Endocrine Society

UK Society for Endocrinology

European Society of Endocrinology

Endocrine Society

Research Focus

My current research is focused on pituitary neuroendocrine tumours, also referred to as pituitary adenomas. I have a particular interest in familial pituitary disease and the role of the AIP gene in this condition. 

At present, I am researching the role of the tumour microenvironment in pituitary neuroendocrine tumour pathogenesis and clinical outcomes.

I have broader interests in neuroendocrinology and I am very keen to establish more research within this area in Northern Ireland. This includes adrenal tumours and tumours of the diffuse neuroendocrine system.

To date I have secured in excess of £400,000 in grants.

Teaching

At undergraduate level I facilitate QUB undergraduate case based learning and teach undergraduate students in clinical inpatient and outpatient settings. I have experience of OSCE via training at QUB and Queen Mary University of London undergraduate medical student assessment. 

At postgraduate level I have supervised one masters student to distinction and I am a current PhD student supervisor. I regularly contribute to postgraduate teaching for medical and multidisciplinary team members. 

Other

Outside of medicine I am the Northern Ireland coordinator for the Pituitary Foundation, a charitable organisation supporting patients living with pituitary conditions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Keywords

  • RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
  • R Medicine (General)

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