22nd Annual Health Promotion Conference, 7 June 2018
Keynote Speakers

Professor Tina Cook, Professorial Fellow, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Dr Tina Cook is a Professorial Fellow at Liverpool Hope University. At the core of her work is a focus on inclusive practice in research and evaluation. She teaches and facilitates research approaches within academia and with community partners and has published on methodological issues in participatory research.

She has a particular interest in the nature of impact and recent work on this topic includes a co-edited Special Issue of the Journal Educational Action Research: The Conceptualisation and Articulation of Impact: hopes, expectations and challenges for the participatory paradigm (2017: Vol 25 (4) pp467-472). She is an Executive Committee Member of the ICPHR, an Editor of the International Journal of Educational Action Research and a founder member of the UK Participatory Research Network. Her own research focus is with people who find themselves marginalised, particularly people with learning disability, people with cognitive impairment, and their family members. 


Professor Anne Mac Farlane, Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, University of Limerick

Anne MacFarlane is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. Anne has 20 years' experience of using qualitative research methods with a portfolio of completed health services research projects and educational research projects.


She is the first social scientist to hold a Chair in academic primary care in Ireland. In this role, Anne has established an inter-disciplinary primary healthcare group at GEMS with members from general practice, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, sociology, psychology and biostatistics. The group are leaders in Public and Patient Involvement in research, specifically participatory health research with socially excluded communities. Anne has specialist expertise in migrant health working with key academic, community and policy stakeholders in Ireland and abroad.


Joanne Morgan, Director, Community Development and Health Network, Northern Ireland www.cdhn.org


Joanne Morgan is the Director of Community Development and Health Network (CDHN), a membership organisation working across Northern Ireland to end health inequalities through community development.  A qualified Town Planner, Joanne has worked within the community, voluntary and statutory sectors for the past 20 years. Joanne is a Board Member of the Centre of Excellence for Public Health at Queen’s with a particular interest in knowledge translation and health literacy and their impact on communities.


Professor Seán Dinneen, National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme; Consultant Endocrinologist, Galway University Hospitals, Galway; Professor of Diabetic Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway


Professor Seán Dinneen is Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospitals and holds a personal professorship in Medicine. He served as Head of the School of Medicine in NUI Galway from 2013 to 2016. In June 2016 he was appointed National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme of the HSE’s Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division.


Having graduated from University College Cork Medical School he spent a period of postgraduate training in the USA, Canada and the UK before returning to Ireland in 2005. His professional interests include developing and evaluating programmes of self-management education and support for people living with diabetes, developing optimal models of community-based diabetes care and understanding the diabetic foot. He has secured research funding from the Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland, Diabetes Ireland, the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes and Galway University Foundation. He was part of successful bids which brought a School of Podiatry and a Clinical Research Facility to NUI Galway.


Professor Dinneen is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education through the College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway. He is Clinical Lead for Schwartz Rounds in Galway University Hospitals. He currently serves as associate editor of Diabetic Medicine, the journal of Diabetes UK.