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Laura Mullaney
Assistant Professor, Radiation Therapy

Biography

Laura Mullaney joined the academic staff as an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Radiation Therapy in 2011. She also holds a BSc. in Radiation Therapy, an MSc. in Research (MSc.) and a PG Dip. in Statistics and PG Dip in Clinical Health Science Education, from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to joining TCD, she worked as a Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist in the St. Luke's Radiation Oncology Network Dublin (St Luke's Hospital and St James's Hospital). Over this ten year period, she gained extensive experience as a clinical radiation therapist specialising in research, treatment delivery and patient flow management. Through her interest in technology and innovative teaching methods, Laura helped develop one of College's first online programs, the MSc in Advanced Radiation Therapy Practice. Her commitment to promoting evidence based practice is demonstrated through the organisation of many national and international scientific conferences and clinical/research courses. The overarching theme of her research is improvements in patient care in the areas of positioning and immobilisation and radiation dose reduction in RT imaging. Laura is a passionate and active radiation therapist and academic with strong national and international links in the field of radiation therapy. This commitment was recognised when she became the second ever radiation therapist President of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy in 2009 and in 2017, she was youngest elected Board member of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Evangeline S. Q. Ho, Sarah A. Barrett & Laura M. Mullaney, A review of dosimetric and toxicity modeling of proton versus photon craniospinal irradiation for pediatrics medulloblastoma, Acta Oncologica, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Breffni Smith, Gerard Menezes, Debate: Despite The Dose, IGRT Can Contribute To ALARA In Pediatric Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy, IIRRT National Conference, Cork, Ireland, 7th October, 2017 Poster, 2017

Kevin Dowling, Sarah Barrett, Laura Mullaney, Claire Poole, A nationwide investigation of radiation therapy event reporting-and- learning systems: Can standards be improved?, Radiography. International Journal of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Therapy, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

O'connor, S., Ardle, O.M.C., Mullaney, L., Establishment of national diagnostic reference levels for breast cancer CT protocols in radiation therapy, British Journal of Radiology, 89, (1066), 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

C. Howlin, E. O'Shea, M. Dunne, L. Mullaney, M. McGarry, A. Clayton-Lea,M. Finn, P. Carter, B. Garret, P. Thirion, A randomized controlled trial comparing customized versus standard headrests for head and neck radiotherapy immobilization in terms of set-up errors, patient comfort and staff satisfaction (ICORG 08-09), Radiography, 21, (1), 2015, p74 - 83 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

O'Connor S., McArdle O., Mullaney L., An audit of breast cancer ct protocols in radiation therapy to establish national dose reference levels, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April 2015, 115, (Supplement 1), Elsevier, 2015, ppS888 - S888 Poster, 2015 DOI

Laura M Mullaney, Evelyn O'Shea, Mary T. Dunne; Marie A. Finn; Pierre G. Thirion; Lesley Ann Cleary; Maeve McGarry; Louise O'Neil and John G. Armstrong , A randomized trial comparing bladder volume consistency during fractionated prostate radiation therapy, Practical Radiation Oncology, 4, (5), 2014, p203 - 212 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Gillen S.; Mullaney L., A retrospective review of a rectal preparation protocol in prostate cancer patients., Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, Vienna, Austria, 4-8 April 2014, 111, (Supplement 1), Elsevier , 2014, ppS304 - S305 Poster, 2014 DOI

Frie L., Mullaney L., Radiation Therapists' image verification training and experience and resulting responsibility: A European study, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, Vienna, Austria, 4th-8th April 2014, 111, (1), 2014, ppS114- Poster, 2014 DOI

Leneghan C., Mullaney L. , VMAT vs. IMRT in the Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer, Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons , Dublin, Ireland, September, 2013, 2013 Poster, 2013

Mullaney L.,Thirion P., Coffey M, The impact of rectal and bladder preparation in prostate radiotherapy, Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, September 2013, 2013 Poster, 2013

Friel L., Mullaney L., Radiation Therapists' image verification training and experience and resulting responsibility: A European Study. , Annual IIRRT Conference 2013 , Dublin, Ireland, October 12th 2013 , 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Mullaney L., Boejen A., Vaandering A., Vandevelde G., Coffey M. , RTT Core Curriculum-a new approach, 2nd ESTRO Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2013, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Leneghan C., Mullaney L. , VMAT vs. IMRT in the Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer: A Critical Review of the Literature, Annual IIRRT Conference 2013, Dublin, Ireland, October 12th 2013 , 2013 Poster, 2013

Mullaney L.,Thirion P., Coffey M , Maintaining a stable prostate position during external beam radiation therapy, Research Conference for Health and Social Care Professionals, Dublin, Ireland, February 2013, 2013 Poster, 2013

Gillen S.,Mullaney L., Does the time of the day that radiation therapy is delivered impact on rectal variability in prostate radiation therapy? , Annual IIRRT Conference 2013, Dublin, Ireland, October 12th 2013 , 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Leneghan C., Mullaney L. , VMAT vs. IMRT in the Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer: A Critical Review of the Literature, 2nd ESTRO Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2013, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Mullaney L., Leech M., Achieving a Consistent Bladder Volume for Fractionated Prostate Radiation Therapy: A Review of the Literature, Radiography Ireland, 17, (3), 2013, p14 - 20 Review Article, 2013

Eriksen J.G, Beavis A.W., Coffey M., Mullaney L. et al. , The updated ESTRO core curricula 2011 for clinicians, medical physicists and RTTs in Radiotherapy/Radiation Oncology, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 103, (1), 2012, p103 - 108 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Mullaney L.,Thirion P., Coffey M , The impact of rectal and bladder preparation in prostate radiotherapy, 11th Biennial on Physics & Radiation Technology For Clinical Radiotherapy, London, UK, May, 2011, 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011

Mullaney L. , Prostate Radiotherapy: Organ at Risk Motion and Implications, ESTRO Meeting on Clinical and Experimental Research in Radiation Oncology, Les Menuires, France, January 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Mullaney L., Keaveney M., Baker R., Fitzpatrick K., Ryan L., Cronin S., Morgan I., Clayton-Lea A., O'Shea E. , Rectal preparation for prostate patients: a solution to address rectal volume variation, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 10th Biennial ESTRO Conference on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy, The Netherlands, September, 2009, 92, 2009, pps177 - s178 Poster, 2009

Mullaney L, Conducting clinical research, 10th Biennial ESTRO Conference on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy, The Netherlands, September, 2009, 2009 Oral Presentation, 2009

Mullaney L. , Radiation Therapists' Lead Research Ireland. , ESTRO 27, Göteborg, Sweden, September, 2008, 2008 Oral Presentation, 2008

L. Mullaney, LA. Cleary, E. O'Shea, L. O'Neill, T. O'Hara, J. Armstrong, P. Thirion. , A Randomised Trial Comparing Bladder Vol. Consistency Achieved with Two Bladder-Filling Protocols in Prostate CRT, ESTRO Meeting on Clinical and Experimental Research in Radiation Oncology, Les Menuires, France, January 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Bracken D, O'Shea E, Mullaney L, Gilmartin T, Leech M, Keaveney M., Evaluation of Radiation Therapists Education Group Lunchtime Lectures , ESTRO 25, Leipzig, Germany, September, 2006, 2006 Poster, 2006

O'Donovan A., O'Shea E., O'Loughlin M., Hogan M., Mullaney L., Dempsey S., Moriarty M., McKenzie K., A randomised trial of the impact of an educational support group for prostate cancer patients, 8th Biennial ESTRO meeting on physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy, Portugal, September , 2005 Oral Presentation, 2005

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Leech M, Mullaney L and Coffey M, for publication: A practical guide for the health and social care professions, HSE Publication , 2013 Journal Article, 2013

Research Expertise

Description

Main areas of research include organ motion in prostate external beam radiation therapy and dose reduction in radiation therapy imaging.

Projects

  • Title
    • The Effect of Rectal and Bladder Preparation in Prostate Radiotherapy
  • Summary
    • Patients' anatomy can vary during a course of fractionated prostate radiotherapy. The purpose of this research was to recommend a rectal and bladder preparation protocol for use during RT in order to maintain a consistent prostate position. Forty prostate patients treated using cone beam CT image guided 3- dimensional conformal RT were enrolled and randomised to no specific rectal preparation instructions or a rectal preparation protocol for planning and RT. The patients were also randomly assigned one of two bladder-filling protocols (6-cups or 3-cups of water, 30-40mins prior to treatment). Prostate displacement was measured. Rectal and bladder volumes and GI and GU toxicity were also assessed.
  • Funding Agency
    • IIRRT
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2010

Keywords

Higher Education; Radiation Therapy; RADIOTHERAPY TECHNOLOGISTS

Recognition

Representations

Board Member of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) 2017- Present

President of the Irish Institue of Radiography and Radiaiton Therapy 2009-2011

Member (Radiation Therapist representative) on the young ESTRO Committee 2013-Present

Member of ESTRO Radiation Therapists Committee 2013 -Present

Course Director: ESTRO Patient Positioning and Immobilisation Course 2017-Present

Academic Assessor on the CORU Radiographers Registration Board Assessor Panel 2014-Present

Member of the CORU's (Irish multi-profession health regulator) Preliminary Proceedings Committee 2015-Present

Academic advisor on the radiation therapy external qualification review board for the HSE 2012-2014

Council Member of Irish Institue of Radiography and Radiaiton Therapy 2006-2012

Awards and Honours

Research Bursary Prize from the Royal College of Surgeons 2009

Memberships

Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy 1998 – Present

ESTRO:European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology 2004 – Present

ICORG:All Ireland Cooperative Oncology Reserach Group 2006 – 2011

Irish Radiation Research Society 2006 – 2011