Mr. David Fletcher
Chief Technical Officer (Specialist), Physiology
David Fletcher is a Computer Science graduate with a first class honours degree in Management Information Systems (2004; TCD) and was awarded his M.Sc. in Management Information Systems in 2006 (TCD). In 2021, David was awarded a distinction in Healthcare Innovation, run by Tangent and the School of Medicine. David is also an Electronic Engineering graduate (AIT, 1993). In June 2018 David received his Master In Arts (jure officii, TCD).
David was appointed to the technical staff panel in the Department of Physiology, TCD, in 2000. David's current role is Chief Technical Officer (Specialist)
The role encompasses the design and development of novel testing instruments, sensors, software applications, and data acquisition systems in the discipline of physiology across its teachings and research themes - neuroscience, cell physiology, drug development & engineering, exercise science, and disease areas & pathophysiology.
The role explores advances in engineering, embedded technology, cloud computing, client server technology, machine 2 machine, artificial intelligence, and relational database management systems, for the design of more practical, functional, non-intrusive, non-invasive instrumentation devices, and the acquisition of data from local and remote low powered smart sensors for both lab and field base research on humans and animals.
The objectives are to bridge the gap between engineering and medical professionals, merging the expertise of all professionals to advance health care research, diagnosis, treatment and health care delivery.
The role also involves mentoring PhD, MSc and BSc students. The role facilitates the procurement of goods and services, teaching, publishing academic research, and administration.
Publications and Further Research Outputs
Karok,S., Fletcher, D., Witney, A.G., Task-specificity of unilateral anodal and dual-M1 tDCS effects on motor learning, Neuropsychologia, 94, 2017, p84 - 95
Sophia Karok, David Fletcher, Alice Witney, Single session of tDCS transiently enhances movement speed in a motor task for the whole lower limb, Brain Stimulation, 01/03/2015, 2015
Neil Fleming, Bernard Donne, David Fletcher, Nich Mahony, A Biomechanical Assessment Of Ergometer Task Specificity In Elite Flatwater Kayakers, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2012, (11), 2012, p16 - 25
Neil Fleming, Bernard Donne and David Fletcher, Effect of kayak ergometer elastic tension on upper limb EMG activity and 3D kinematics, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 11, 2012, p430 - 437
Bernard Donne, Mark Jordan, David Fletcher, Energy Expenditure during "exergaming"; Comparison with common sub-maximal exercise modes., 15th Annual Congress of European College od Sport Science, Antalaya, Turkey, 23 - 27 June, 2010
Neil Fleming, Bernard Donne, David Fletcher, A Biomechanical Assessment of Kayak Ergormeter Task Specificity, 15th Annual ECSS-Congress, Antalya, Turkey, 23 - 27 June, 2010
Mark Jordan . Bernard Donne . David Fletcher, Only lower limb controlled interactive computer gaming enables an effective increase in energy expenditure, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2010, 2010
David Fletcher, Cathal Walsh, Adrian Parkinson, James A. Redmond. , The design and implementation of a prototype web-based route navigation simulator embedded with a test of cognitive style, Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference of the European Learning Styles Information Network, ELSIN XIII Style and cultural differences: how can organisations, regions and countries take advantage of style differences?, Gent, Belgium, June 23-25, 2008, edited by Eva Cools, Hermann Van den Broeck, Carol Evans and Tony Redmond , (ISBN: 9789078858164), Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Gent, Belgium, 2008, pp417 - 436