Professor Michelle Leech

Professor Michelle Leech

Professor In, Radiation Therapy

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Biography

Prof. Michelle Leech is Professor (In) Radiation Therapy. She is the current Course Director of the BSc. Radiation Therapy at Trinity College and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, receiving four awards for her teaching methods to date. Prof. Leech is past chair of blended learning at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and is a faculty member for two international teaching courses. She is past chair of the ESTRO Radiation Therapist Committee, representing the profession of radiation therapist in Europe, including at both the European Union and European Commission. Prof. Leech is Editor-in chief of the ESTRO journal Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology(tipsRO) and the only radiation therapist who is an editorial board member of the journal Radiotherapy and Oncology. Prof. Leech's research is focused in improving radiation therapy outcomes for patients. She achieves this first through her work as Trinity's lead collaborator on radiation medicine with the International Atomic Energy Agency, leading research projects on raising the standard of radiation therapy practice globally. Second, through the optimisation of radiation technology, leading projects in radiomics, the quantitative analysis of routine imaging for radiation therapy practice for better patient stratification, in treatment planning for the optimisation of dose volume constraints and in paediatric radiation therapy. Prof. Leech is an advocate for radiation therapy as a cancer treatment modality. She was the lead on Trinity's Massive Open Online Course on radiation therapy, housed on the FutureLearn platform and funded by both College and EIT Health.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • O'Donovan A, Gillham C, Cunningham C, Thirion P, Cunningham M, El Beltagi N and Leech M. , Managing the elderly in radiotherapy using geriatric assessment (MERGE): A Pilot Geriiatric Oncology study , SPHER (Structured Population and Health-services RResearch Education) Network First Annual Conference, Dublin, 9th January 2015, 2015Conference Paper, 2015
  • O'Donovan A, Mohile S and Leech M. , Expert consensus panel guidelines on geriatric assessment in oncology, European Journal of Cancer Care, 24, (4), 2015, p574 - 589Journal Article, 2015, URL
  • O'Donovan A, Gillham C, Cunningham C, Thirion P, Cunningham M, El Beltagi N and Leech M. , Managing the elderly in radiotherapy using geriatric assessment (MERGE): A Pilot Geriatric Oncology Study. , 9th International Cancer Conference, Dublin, 17-18 September 2014, 2014Conference Paper, 2014
  • O'Donovan A, Gillham C, Cunningham C, Thirion P, Cunningham M, El Beltagi N and Leech M. , Managing the elderly in radiotherapy using geriatric assessment (MERGE): A Pilot Geriatric Oncology Study. , International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) 14th Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 23-25 October 2014, 2014Conference Paper, 2014
  • O'Donovan A, Mohile S and Leech M. , Expert consensus panel on geriatric assessment interventions in Oncology: the Euopean perspective, Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, September 2013, 2013Conference Paper, 2013
  • O'Donovan A, Mohile S and Leech M. , Expert consensus panel on geriatric assessment interventions in Oncology: the Euopean perspective, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (2013) annual conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2013, 2013Oral Presentation, 2013
  • Browne M, Leech M and Forde E, Quantification of independent prostate and seminal vesicle planning margins in intermeidate-risk prostate radiotherapy, Annual Conference of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, September 2014, 2014Poster, 2014
  • Mulryan K, Leech M and Forde E, A review of dosimetric endpoints reported on in clinical trials for stereotactic radiotherapy for Stage I non-small cell lung cancer. , Annual Conference of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Dublin, 2014, 2014Oral Presentation, 2014
  • Arthurs M, Gillham C, O'Shea E, McCrickard E and Leech M, Dosimetric comparison of 3DCRT and IMRT and impact of displacements in lower limb sarcoma radiation therapy, Practical Radiation Oncology, 6, (2), 2016, p119 - 125Journal Article, 2016
  • Lim D, Quah DS, Leech M, Marignol L, Clinical potential of boron neutron capture therapy for locally recurrent inoperable previously irradiated head and neck cancer., Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine, 2015Journal Article, 2015, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Forde E, Booth J, Eade T, Kneebone A, LeMotte M and Leech M, FSD measurements are obsolete when treating prostate IMRT and VMAT, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April 2015, 115, (S (1)), Elsevier, 2015, ppS81-Conference Paper, 2015
  • Durcan A and Leech M, The impact of dose to the salivary apparatus on quality of life in patients treated with IMRT for head and neck cancer. , Radiotherapy and Oncology, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April 2015, 115, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2015, ppS82 - S83Conference Paper, 2015
  • Arthurs M, Gillham C, O'Shea E, McCrickard E and Leech M, Dosimetric comparison of techniques and impact of displacements in lower limb sarcoma radiation therapy, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April 2015, 115, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2015, ppS898-Conference Paper, 2015
  • Gill E, Coffey M and Leech M, An investigation of breast IGRT in Europe and North America and the clinical impact of its implementation, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO Anniversary Congress, London, UK, 8-12 May 2011, 99, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2011, ppS459-Conference Paper, 2011
  • Frewen H and Leech M, A comparison of treatment planning techniques for radiotherapy of the prostate and seminal vesicles in obese prostate patients, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 10th biennial ESTRO conference on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy., Barcelona, Spain, Aug 30-Sep 3 2009, 92, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2009, ppS143-Conference Paper, 2009
  • Leech M and Broderick M, Implementation of a bite-block immobilisation system for cranial stereotactic radio surgery, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 10th biennial ESTRO conference on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy., Barcelona, Spain, Aug 30-Sep 3 2009, 92, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2009, ppS61-Conference Paper, 2009
  • Monahan A, Broderick M, Coffey M and Leech M, The effectiveness of the TIGER programme in conjunction with contouring guidelines in reducing inter observer variability among radiation therapy students in contouring the prostate site, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO Anniversary Congress, London, UK, 8-12 May 2011, 99, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2011, ppS589 - S590Conference Paper, 2011
  • Leech M, Bridging the theory-practice gap in RTT treatment planning education: To blog or not to blog?, Radiotherapy and oncology, ESTRO 33, Vienna, Austria, 4-8 April 2014, 111, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2014, ppS143 - S144Conference Paper, 2014
  • ODonovan A, Leech M and Mohile S, An expert consensus panel on Geriatric Assessment (GA) in oncology, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, Vienna, Austria, 4th-8th April 2014, 111, (S1), Elsevier, 2014, ppS110 - S111Conference Paper, 2014
  • Lawler G and Leech M, Dose sparing potential of deep inspiration breath-hold technique for left breast radiotherapy organs at risk, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April 2015, 115, (S1), Elsevier, 2015, ppS893-Conference Paper, 2015
  • Burns J and Leech M, The dosimetric effect of systematic rotations on 3D conformal radiotherapy of the parotid gland, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, Spain, 9-13 May 2012, 103, (S1), Elsevier, 2012, pp620-Conference Paper, 2012
  • Kierce S, Armstrong J, Callinan S, Burke D and Leech M, A retrospective analysis of the management of brain metastases using stereotactic radio surgery, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, Spain, 9-13 May 2012, 103, (S1), Elsevier, 2012, ppS613-Conference Paper, 2012
  • Rogerson C and Leech M, An investigation of the dosimetric implications of contouring variability in 3DCRT of the prostate, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, Spain, 9-13 May 2012, 103, (S1), Elsevier, 2012, ppS156-Conference Paper, 2012
  • Scanlon L, Moran D, Fagan A, Meaney J, Lynch T, Leech M, Coffey M, Hollywood D, Marignol L, Use of DWI and ADC values in detection and staging of prostate cancer of the central gland and peripheral zone, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, Spain, 9-13 May 2012, 103, (S1), Elsevier, 2012, ppS429-Conference Paper, 2012
  • Durcan A and Leech M, The impact of dose to the salivary glands on quality of life in patients treated with IMRT for head and neck cancer, HSE Health and Social Care Professions' Research Conference, Dublin, April 16th 2015, 2015Poster, 2015
  • Coffey M, Leech M and Poortmans P, Benchmarking Radiation Therapist education for safe practice: The time is now, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 119, (1), 2016, p12 - 13Journal Article, 2016, URL
  • Lim JY and Leech M, Use of auto-segmentation in the delineation of target volumes and organs at risk in head and neck, Acta Oncologica, 2016Journal Article, 2016, URL
  • Hanley O and Leech M, Reduction of xerostomia in head and neck cancer patients. A critical review of the literature. , Radiography, 2016Journal Article, 2016, URL
  • Dangol S and Leech M, An investigation of the dosimetric impact of population-based set up errors in pelvic radiation therapy, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, 111, (S1), 2014, ppS308 - S308Conference Paper, 2014
  • Ging H and Leech M, A dosimetric comparison between 3D conformal radiotherapy and IMRT for glioblastoma multiform, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, 111, (S1), 2014, ppS307 - S307Conference Paper, 2014
  • Nolan L and Leech M, The impact of patient position in large field pelvic radiotherapy: A dosimetric analysis, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 33, 111, (S1), 2014, ppS309 - S309Conference Paper, 2014
  • Leech M, Coffey M, Mast M, Moura F, Osztavics A, Pasini D, Vaandering A, ESTRO ACROP guidelines for positioning, immobilisation and position verification of head and neck patients for radiation therapists, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 1, 2017, p1 - 7Journal Article, 2017, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Duffy O, Forde E, Leech M, The dilemma of parotid gland and pharyngeal constrictor muscles preservation-Is daily online image guidance required? A dosimetric analysis, Medical Dosimetry, Article in press, 2017Journal Article, 2017, DOI
  • Eriksen JG, Leech M, Benstead K, Verfaillie C, Perspectives on medical education in radiation oncology and the role of the ESTRO School, Clinical and Translational Radiation Oncology, 1, 2016, p15 - 18Journal Article, 2016, TARA - Full Text
  • Leech M, Gaffney J, Marignol L, Improving non-invasive detection of prostate cancer using diffusion-weighted MRI, Advances in Modern Oncology Research, 2, (6), 2016Journal Article, 2016, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Leech M, Kamphuis M, Are we precisely inaccurate in our adaption? , Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 35, Turin, Italy, 119, Elsevier, 2016, ppS296 - S296Conference Paper, 2016
  • Mast M, Leech M, Coffey M, Moura F, Osztavics A, Pasini D, Vaandering A, The ESTRO perspective - a guideline for positioning of head and neck patients, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 35, Turin, Italy, 119, Elsevier, 2016, ppS99 - S99Conference Paper, 2016
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology, Elsevier, [Editorial Board member], 2016Editorial Board, 2016
  • Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, Elsevier, [Editor in Chief], 2016Editorial Board, 2016
  • Lawler G, Leech M, Dose Sparing Potential of Deep Inspiration Breath-hold Technique for Left Breast Cancer Radiotherapy Organs-at-risk, AntiCancer Research, 37, (2), 2017, p883 - 890Journal Article, 2017
  • O'Donovan, A., Leech, M. and Gillham, C., Assessment and Management of Radiotherapy Induced Toxicity in Older Patients , Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 8, (6), 2017, p421 - 427Journal Article, 2017
  • Stritch MA, Forde E, Leech M., The impact of intensity-modulated radiation therapy plan normalization in the postprostatectomy setting-does it matter?, Medical dosimetry : official journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists, 42, (4), 2017, p368-374Journal Article, 2017, DOI
  • Coffey M and Leech M, Introduction to the ESTRO European Qualifications Framework (EQF) 7 and 8: Benchmarking Radiation Therapist (RTT) advanced education, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 8, 2018, p19 - 21Journal Article, 2018, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Collins SD, Leech MM., A review of plan library approaches in adaptive radiotherapy of bladder cancer., Acta oncologica (Stockholm, Sweden), 57, (5), 2018, p566-573Journal Article, 2018, DOI
  • Coffey M and Leech M, The European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) European Higher Education Area levels 7 and 8 postgraduate benchmarking document for Radiation TherapisTs (RTTs), Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 8, 2018, p22 - 40Journal Article, 2018, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Coffey M, Rosenblatt E, Vandevelde G, Osztavics A, Pasini D, Scherer P, Dickie C, Karadza V, Van Egten V, Leech M, A review of the Best Practice in Radiation Oncology project from 2008 to 2018, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 8, 2018, p3 - 7Journal Article, 2018, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • PET/CT-guided radiotherapy planning in prostate cancer in, editor(s)Luca Camoni , PROSTATE CANCER IMAGING AND THERAPY A TECHNOLOGIST'S GUIDE, Vienna, Austria, European Association of Nuclear Medicine, 2018, pp73 - 82, [Tsang Yat Man, Leech, Michelle]Book Chapter, 2018, URL
  • Barrett S, Thirion P, Harper D, Simpkin A, Leech M, Hickey K, Ryan L, Marignol L, Dosimetric impact of uncorrected systematic yaw rotation in VMAT for peripheral lung SABR, . Reports of Practical Oncology & Radiotherapy, 24, (6), 2019, p520 - 527Journal Article, 2019, URL
  • Barrett S., Leech M., Enderling H., Marignol L, User-adjusted auto-contouring of lung tumour volumes can facilitate accurate multiple measurements of lung GTV over the course of radiotherapy, 16th International Congress of Radiation Research, Manchester, UK, 25-29th August, 2019Poster, 2019
  • Mangan S, Leech M, Proton therapy- the modality of choice for future radiation therapy management of Prostate Cancer?, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 11, 2019, p1 - 13Journal Article, 2019
  • Coffey M, Leech M, Hentschel H, Kristensan I, Boejen A, Scherer P, RTT Workshops-Preparing the RTT profession for the future, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 10, (2), 2019, p13 - 15Journal Article, 2019, URL
  • Duffton A, Devlin L, Tsang Y, Mast M, Leech M, Advanced Practice: An ESTRO RTTC position paper, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 10, (2), 2019, p16 - 19Journal Article, 2019, URL
  • Leech M, Katz M, Kazmierska J, McCrossin J, turner S. , Empowering patients in decision-making in radiation oncology-can we do better?, Molecular Oncology, DOI:10:1002/1878-026, 2020Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • Barrett S , Simpkin AJ , Walls G , Leech M , Marigno Ll , Geometric and dosimetric evaluation of a commercially available auto-segmentation tool for gross tumour volume delineation in locally advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: a feasibility study, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2020Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • Leech M, Osman S, Jain S and Marignol L. , Personalization of the radiation therapy management of prostate cancer using MRI-based radiomics. , Cancer Letters, 498, 2021, p210 - 216Journal Article, 2021, URL
  • O'Donovan, A., Gillham, C., Cunningham, C., Murphy, M., Leech, M., Cunningham, M., Beltagi, N., Thirion, P. , The Impact of Geriatric Assessment on Patient Outcomes in Radiation Oncology: A Pilot Study. , Gerontology and Geriatric Research. , 2020, p1 - 14Journal Article, 2020
  • O'Donovan A and Leech M. , Personalised treatment for older adults with cancer: The role of frailty. , Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 16, 2020, p30 - 38Journal Article, 2020
  • Wen YL and Leech M. , Review of the Role of Radiomics in Tumour Risk Classification and Prognosis of Cancer. , Anticancer Research, 40, (7), 2020, p3605-3618Journal Article, 2020
  • Tsang Y, Duffton A, Rossi M, Leech M, Scherer P. , Meeting the challenges imposed by COVID-19: Guidance document by the ESTRO Radiation TherapisT Committee (RTTC). , Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 15, 2020, p6-10Journal Article, 2020
  • Zhang B and Leech M. , A Review of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in the Management of Oligometastatic Prostate Cancer. , Anticancer Research, 40, (5), 2020, p2419-2428Journal Article, 2020
  • Forde E, Leech M, Robert C, Heron E, Marignol L, Influence of Inter-Observer Delineation Variability on Radiomic Features of the Parotid Gland, Physica Medica, (82), 2021, p240 - 248Journal Article, 2021, DOI
  • Kearney M, Leech, M, O Neill M and Davis S., Evaluation of an e-Learning teaching innovation to assist clinical radiation therapy educators in the provision of student feedback, Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Science, 2021Journal Article, 2021, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Blaszczak W, Ahmed A, Leithner K, Schubert A, Leech M, Bonder C, Tsagakis I, Outlook of women in science: an interview with our authors., Molecular Oncology, 16, (5), 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Leech M, Leijenaar R, Hompland T, Gaffney J, Lyng H, Marignol L, Exploring hypoxia in prostate cancer with T2-weighted MRI radiomics and pimonidazole scoring, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 2021, Madrid, Spain, 161, Elsevier, 2021, ppS1526 - S1527Poster, 2021, DOI
  • Leech M, MR Radiomics in Prostate Cancer, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 2021, Madrid, Spain, 161, Elsevier, 2021, ppS12 - S12Oral Presentation, 2021, DOI
  • Leech M, Publishing interdisciplinary science, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 2021, Madrid, Spain, 161, Elsevier, 2021, ppS459 - S459Oral Presentation, 2021, DOI
  • Leijenaar R, Walsh S, Vaidyanathan A, Zerka F, Occhipinti M, Danthine D, Kridelka F, Hustinx R, Vos W, Guiot J, Leech M, Gillham C, Lyons C, Flavin A, Lambin P, Louinfosse P, External validation of a radiomic signature to predict HPV 9p16) status from standard CT images of anal and vulvar cancer patients. , Journal of Clinical Oncology, ASCO 2021, 39, (15-suppl), Elsevier, 2021, ppe15502 - e15502Poster, 2021, DOI
  • Leech M, Current Status of RTT education globally, ICARO 3, Vienna Austria, International Atomic Energy Agency, 2021, pp187 - 187Oral Presentation, 2021, URL
  • Leech M, Interprofessional Education, ICARO 3, Vienna, Austria, International Atomic Energy Agency, 2021, pp205 - 205Oral Presentation, 2021, URL
  • 5. Kazmierska J, Jornet Sala N, Leech M, Jereczek-Fossa B, Lievens Y and Yarnold J. , Radiotherapy: Seizing the opportunity in cancer care. , ESTRO, 2019, p1 - 16Report, 2019, URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Coffey M, Naseer A, Leech M., Exploring radiation therapist education and training., Tech Innov Patient Support Radiat Oncol, 24, 2022, p59-62Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Turner S, Benstead K, Millar BA, Morris L, Seel M, Leech M, Eriksen JG, Giuliani M., A new wave of leaders: Early evaluation of the interdisciplinary Foundations of Leadership in Radiation Oncology (FLiRO) program., Tech Innov Patient Support Radiat Oncol, 24, 2022, p94-100Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Dias Domingues DR, Leech MM., Exploring the impact of metabolic imaging in head and neck cancer treatment., Head & neck, 44, (10), 2022, p2228-2247Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Naidoo W, Leech M., Feasibility of surface guided radiotherapy for patient positioning in breast radiotherapy versus conventional tattoo-based setups- a systematic review., Tech Innov Patient Support Radiat Oncol, 22, 2022, p39-49Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Leech, M. and Leijenaar, R.T.H. and Hompland, T. and Gaffney, J. and Lyng, H. and Marignol, L., Exploring Hypoxia in Prostate Cancer With T2-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging Radiomics and Pimonidazole Scoring, Anticancer Research, 43, (1), 2023, p351-357Journal Article, 2023, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Forde E, Robert C, Leech M, Marignol L., Spatial Resampling Combined with Intensity Discretization Improves Reproducibility of Radiomic Features of the Parotid Gland. (e-poster #604, European Congress of Medical Physics, Dublin, Ireland, August 2022, 2022Conference Paper, 2022
  • Leijenaar RTH, Walsh S, Akshayaa Vaidyanathan, Aliboni L, Sanchez VL, Leech M, Joyce R, Gillham C, Kridelka F, Hustinx R, Danthine D, Occhipinti M, Vos W, Guiot J, Lambin P, Lovinfosse P., External validation of a radiomic signature to predict p16 (HPV) status from standard CT images of anal cancer patients., Scientific reports, 13, (1), 2023, p7198Journal Article, 2023, DOI
  • Vandemaele M, Aznar M, Blanchard P, Borras JM, Leech M, Aggarwal A, Lievens Y., A systematic literature review of definitions and classification systems for radiotherapy innovation: A first step towards building a value-based assessment tool for radiation oncology., Radiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, 183, 2023, p109602Journal Article, 2023, DOI
  • Maeve Kearney, Gemma Farmer, Sara Faithfull, Scheryll Alken, Michelle Leech, Knowledge Support for Adolescents and Young Adult┬áCancer Survivors of Lymphoma in Ireland (KAYAC), Trinity St James"s Cancer Institute Christmas Research Blitz 2023 Agenda, Trinity St James's Cancer Institute, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin 8, D08 W9RT, 08/12/23Poster
  • Maeve Kearney, Gemma Farmer, Sara Faithfull, Scheryll Alken,Michelle Leech, Knowledge Support for Adolescents and Young Adult┬áCancer Survivors of Lymphoma in Ireland (KAYAC), Irish Association for Cancer Research 60th Anniversary Satellite Meeting Agenda, RCSI, Dublin, 26th February 2024, 2024Poster, 2024
  • Maeve Kearney,Michelle Leech Sara Faithfull Gemma Farme, KNOWLEDGE SUPPORT FOR ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULT CANCER SURVIVORS OF LYMPHOMA IN IRELAND (KAYAC), MASCC/AFSOS/ISOO 2024 Annual Meeting, Lille, France, 27-29th June, 2024Poster, 2024
  • Bracken D, O'Shea E, Mullaney L, Gilmartin T, Leech M, Keaveney M, 'Evaluation of Radiation Therapists Education Group Lunchtime Lectures in St. Luke's Hospital', ESTRO 25, Leipzig, Germany, 2006Poster, 2006
  • Broderick, M, Menezes, G, Leech, M, Coffey, M and Appleyard, R., A Comparison of Kilovoltage and Megavoltage Cone Beam CT in Radiotherapy, Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 6, 2007, p173 - 178Journal Article, 2007
  • Leech M, Craig A, Poole C, Broderick M, Ni Chuinneagain S, Coffey M, Byrne J, Clinical Oral Examinations: Assessment of Competency in Radiation Therapy, Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 8, (3), 2009, p115 - 118Journal Article, 2009, TARA - Full Text
  • Kelly, Graham, Leech, Michelle, A Dosimetric Comparison of External Beam Radiation Therapy Techniques for Pituitary Adenoma, ESTRO 29, Barcelona, September 2010, 2010Poster, 2010
  • Hendy, Viola, Leech, Michelle, The Knowledge and Attitudes of Health Care Professionals on the Sexual Health Information Needs of Gynaecological Cancer Patients, British Gynaecological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Dublin, 2009, 2009Poster, 2009
  • Information and support for patients throughout the radiation therapy pathway in, editor(s)Gopishankar, N. , Radiation Therapy, Rijeka, Croatia, Intech, 2012, pp341 - 358, [Michelle Leech and Mary Coffey]Book Chapter, 2012
  • Leech M and Broderick M, 'Construction of thermoplastic masks for head and neck radiotherapy', Dublin, Trinity College and St. Luke's Hospital, 2011, -Digital research resource production, 2011, URL
  • Forde E, Booth J and Leech M, A volumetric approach to path-length measurements is essential when treating radiotherapy with modulated beams, Medical Dosimetry, 39, (2), 2014, p194 - 196Journal Article, 2014
  • Leech M, Coffey M, Mast M, Moura F, Osztavics A, Pasini D Vaanderring A, Development of guidelines for set-up and verification requirements in head and neck radiotherapy, 2nd ESTRO Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, 19th-23rd April 2013, 2013Invited Talk, 2013
  • Leech M, Radiation Therapists: Vision for the Future, South East Europe Technology in Radiation Oncology biannual conference, Zagreb, Croatia, November 6-8, 2015, SEETROInvited Talk
  • Leech, M, Raising the professionalism of Radiation Therapists: The role of ESTRO, South East Europe Technology in Radiation Oncology biannual conference, Zagreb, Croatia, November 6-8, 2015, SEETROInvited Talk
  • Leech, M, Can we raise our professionalism? The ESTRO RTT Committee, AITRO Annual Conference, Trento, Italy, 5-7 December, 2014, AITROInvited Talk
  • Leech M, Working smarter to create my dream career: An RTT perspective, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April , 2015, ESTROInvited Talk
  • Leech M, Vision 2020: Challenges facing the RTT in Western Europe, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April , 2015, ESTROInvited Talk
  • Leech M and Broderick M, Implementation of a bite-block immobilisation system for cranial stereotactic radio surgery, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 10th biennial ESTRO conference on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy., Barcelona, Spain, Aug 30-Sep 3 2009, 92, (S(1)), Elsevier, 2009, ppS61-Conference Paper
  • A Blended Learning Approach to an Undergraduate Evidence-based Practice Module for Healthcare Students in, editor(s)Brown, S. , Learning, teaching and assessment in higher education: global perspectives, Macmillan International Higher Education, , 2014, [O'Donovan, A. and Leech, M.]Book Chapter
  • Leech M, Cardone A, Ceka K, Hoving C, Poole C, Empowering patients in radiation oncology: Educating cancer patients about radiation oncology, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 2021, Madrid, Spain, 161, Elsevier, 2021, ppS112 - S112Oral Presentation, DOI
  • Rourke C, Leech M, Downes A, Thirion P, 'Electronic Portal Imaging of Head and Neck Radiotherapy', Radiography Ireland, 11, (1), 2007, p28 - 31Journal Article
  • Hynes M, Leech M, Analysis of the effect of Active Breathing Control on the Normal Tissue Complication Probability of Lung cancer patients using a biological planning system, Annual Conference Irish Institute of radiography and Radiation Therapy, Sligo, 8/11/2008, 2008Poster
  • O'Neill K, Leech M, A Comparison of Lung, Heart and Contralateral Breast Dose with Two Breast Radiotherapy techniques, Annual Conference Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Sligo, 8/11/2008, 2008Poster
  • Leech M, Coffey M, The Development of Postgraduate Education for Radiation Therapists in Ireland, All Ireland Radiation Therapy Study Day, NUI Galway, 2009Invited Talk
  • Leech, Michelle, Coffey, Mary, Hendy, Viola, Attitudes to Patient Sexual Health, Cancer Professional, (Summer 2010), 2010, p10 - 13Journal Article
  • Ryan J and Leech M, Lung delineation and its impact on dose volume constraints in non-small cell lung cancer, Annual Conference of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Dublin, November 2011, 2011Poster
  • Healy K, Coffey M and Leech M, Soft tissue sarcomas of the trunk: A literature review, Radiography Ireland, 15, (2), 2012, p55 - 59Journal Article
  • Leech M, Offline correction protocols, Bulgarian National Society meeting on Patient Positioning and Verification in Radiation Therapy. , Sofia, Bulgaria, August 30th-31st , 2013Invited Talk

Research Expertise

Optimisation of radiation therapy Radiomics Radiation therapy practice Radiation Medicine Education

  • Title
    Oncovideos: Developing Vocational skills in Oncology through e-learning
    Summary
    The development of educational videos for RTs. This video is in relation to patient positioning and immobilisation in the head and neck region.
    Funding Agency
    EU
    Date From
    2010
    Date To
    2012
  • Title
    Summary
    Advancing the care of osteoradionecrosis in Ireland (ACORN)
    Funding Agency
    Irish Cancer Society
    Date From
    March 1st 2022
    Date To
    February 28th 2024
  • Title
    From diagnosis to survival: An introduction to Radiation Oncology
    Summary
    This project saw the development of a Massive Open Online Course, funded by Trinity Online Services
    Funding Agency
    Trinity Online Services
    Date From
    September 2018
  • Title
    EPRO_Empowering European Patients in Radiation Oncology
    Summary
    E-PRO is a collaborative project between Trinity College Dublin, University of Maastricht and the European Cancer Patient Coalition. The project will add a patient decision aid on taking control of their own health after cancer treatment to an existing MOOC on radiation oncology, developed by my department. The MOOC will be translated into 3 European languages and piloted across various countries, patient age and socioeconomic groups.
    Funding Agency
    EIT Health
    Date From
    1/12020
    Date To
    31/12/2020
  • Title
    Impact of dose to pharyngeal constrictor muscles and salivary glands on late effects in head and neck radiotherapy
    Summary
    This project investigates the impact of various dosimetric endpoints of the pharyngeal constrictor muscles on dysphagia in head and neck patients. Evaluation of dose to the parotid and submandibular glands is also analysed to ascertain effect on xerostomia.
    Funding Agency
    IIRRT
    Date From
    2009
    Date To
    2011
  • Title
    Analysis of Changes in Radiation Oncology Practice during the Covid 19 pandemic
    Summary
    This project was a national analysis of changes in radiation oncology practice necessitated by the Covid 19 pandemic and included collaboration with radiation oncologists in Trinity St. James's Cancer Institute, SLRON, Galway University Hospital, UMPC Whitfield Clinic Waterford, Beacn Hospital and Cork University Hospital
    Funding Agency
    Dean of Research Covid-19 Pandemic Fund
    Date From
    1 September 2020
    Date To
    31 August 2021

Other Health Sciences, Oncology and cancer biology, Other Health Sciences, Education, Oncology and cancer biology, Education,

Recognition

  • St. Luke's Prize 2000
  • Emmanuel van der Schueren award November 2020
  • Civic Engagement Award nominee May 2020
  • Certificate of Commendation Provost's Teaching Awards 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Member of teaching faculty on ESTRO teaching course on Best practice in radiation oncology: A course to train RTT trainers. Present
  • Course Director: ESTRO Teaching course on basic treatment planning September 2014
  • IIRRT member Present
  • ESTRO member Present
  • Editor of Radiography Ireland 2012-2013
  • Expert advisor to CORU on the Framework Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Radiographers and Radiation Therapists April 2012
  • National RT Education representative for Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy 2008-2013
  • RTT representative on the Education Council of ESTRO Current
  • RTT representative on the Education Council of ESTRO Current
  • Representative of IIRRT on the Health Service Executive's Health and Social Care Professions Advisory Group 2011-2013
  • Secretary of the IIRRT 2009-2011
  • Editor of Radiography Ireland 2012-2013
  • National RT Education representative for Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy 2008-2013
  • Chair of the RTT Committee of ESTRO 2014-2019
  • Expert advisor to CORU on the Framework Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Radiographers and Radiation Therapists April 2012
  • Member of the International Advisory Panel of the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences Current
  • Member of the International Advisory Panel of the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences Current
  • Representative of IIRRT on the Health Service Executive's Health and Social Care Professions Advisory Group 2011-2013
  • Chair of the RTT Committee of ESTRO 2014-2019
  • Secretary of the IIRRT 2009-2011