John Gormley was appointed the Head of the Discipline of Physiotherapy since 2015. He has been a lecturer in Trinity College since 1996. The over-arching theme of his research is the scientific reasoning underpinning therapeutics in physical medicine. This has focused on quantifying both biomechanical and physiological responses to specific modalities used in physical medicine. In recent years this has concentrated on the biomechanical and physiological responses to exercise. While there is strong evidence at an epidemiological level for exercise benefits in preventing and treating disease the level of evidence supporting guidelines is variable. The physiological response to specific volumes of exercise is currently under investigation in sedentary adults. At the other end of the spectrum, he is engaged in studies examining the effect of inactivity especially the relationship between activity and cardiovascular risk factors in children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and adults with Hepatitis C. The biomechanical response to exercise is another area of interest. Research completed has examined how overweight and obesity effect gait in both adults and children. He has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters and has been co-editor of two books.