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Miss Maeve Kearney
Assistant Professor, Radiation Therapy

Biography

Maeve Kearney received her B.Sc(Hons) in Radiation Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2006. From 2006 to 2011 she worked as a radiation therapist at St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network - first in Rathgar before moving to the site at St James's hospital which was formed under the auspices of the NCCP to develop radiation oncology services in Ireland. In 2011 Maeve relocated internationally to the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (NCCR), Doha-Qatar. For just over 6 years Maeve worked as a radiation oncology therapist delivering the recommendations of The National Cancer Strategy for Qatar 2011 improving the outlook for all cancer patients in the Gulf nation. During her time here, NCCCR maintained its standing as the premier cancer hospital in the region, successfully receiving JCI accreditation and designated as a Centre of Competence by the IAEA and implemented some of the most advanced techniques in radiation therapy into clinical practice. Maeve's engagement with the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) began here where she presented her work in implementing new technologies into clinical practice at the annual conference. Maeve received a Masters in Public Health from the University in Roehampton where her thesis focused on the effectiveness of the National Breast Screening Programme in reducing breast cancer mortality rates in Qatar. In 2017 Maeve left Doha and spent a 3-month internship at the Centre for Public Health Promotion in Prague, Czech Republic. Maeve worked on public health-related activities and projects authorised by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the EU. These projects concentrated on developing effective prevention strategies to tackle important public health problems e.g alcohol and tobacco consumption rates, cardiovascular health, and domestic violence. Following her time there Maeve joined the Discipline of Radiation Therapy, Trinity College Dublin as an Assistant Professor. Maeve's research interests include Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), late effects of radiation therapy, radiation safety, epidemiology and screening, and clinical education. Maeve teaches on several modules in the undergraduate Radiation Therapy programme and has been invited to teach on the postgraduate Master in Radiography (Radiotherapy) programme in Tallinn, Estonia. Maeve has collaborated on several research projects during her time here with national and international colleagues and has been published in key journals in the field. Her engagement with ESTRO has grown and she was invited to join the Radiation Therapist (RTT) Committee and the Radiation Oncology Safety and Quality Committee (ROSQC) in 2020. Both committees represent RTTs at a European level and meet regularly to discuss and implement ways of maintaining the highest possible standard of RTT practice in light of advancing technologies in the area.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Kearney M, Keys M, Faivre-Finn C, Wang Z, Aznar MC, Duane F, Exposure of the Heart in Lung Cancer Radiation Therapy: A Systematic Review of Heart Doses Published During 2013 to 2020, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 172, 2022, p118 - 125 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Maeve Kearney, Michelle Leech, Mary O Neill, Siobhan Davis, 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, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI TARA - Full Text

Maeve Kearney, Dr. Cicely Roche and Claire Poole , Promoting professional judgement by stimulating peer interaction and debate in the Radiation Therapy undergraduate programme , INHED2022 Annual Scientific Meeting "Thriving not just surviving: Supporting Learners in Health Professions Education, University of Limerick, 25 September , 2021, Irish Network of Healthcare Educators Invited Talk, 2021

Maeve Kearney, Mary Coffey, Maddalena Rossi, Yat Tsang, Future-proof Radiation therapist (RTT) practice in a pandemic " Lessons learnt from COVID-19, Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Maeve Kearney, MaryCoffey, AidanLeongbc, A review of Image Guided Radiation Therapy in head and neck cancer from 2009-201 - Best Practice Recommendations for RTTs in the Clinic, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 14, (June 2020), 2020, p43 - 50 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Shane Minogue, Charles Gillham, Maeve Kearney, Laura Mullaney, Intravenous contrast media in radiation therapy planning computed tomography scans-Current practice in Ireland, Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 12, 2019, p3 - 15 Journal Article, 2019 URL

M.KearneyM.McGarryS.PaloorR.HammoudE.RajehM.RiyasS.DivakarP.PetricN.Al-HammadiG.Perkins, PET-CT SIM: Radiation Therapist (RT) led protocol development and clinical implementation into routine practice, Radiotherapy and Oncology, European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, Vienna, Austria, 4-8 April 2014, 111, Elsevier, 2014, ppS185 Poster, 2014 URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Maeve Kearney, Debate. For the motion 'This house believes that in the next 5 years the current RTT education curriculum will be obsolete', European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO21), Madrid, Spain, 27-31 August, 2021, European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology Invited Talk, 2021

Maeve Kearney, Dr Anita O Donovan, Claire Poole, Harnessing the Virtual Learning Environment to support clinical skill development during the pandemic, INHED Annual Scientific Meeting, Virtual Event hosted by UCD, 10-12 March, 2021, Irish Network of Healthcare Educators Invited Talk, 2021

Maeve Kearney, Evaluation of an eLearning teaching innovation to assist clinical radiation therapy educators in the provision of student feedback, Health and Social Care Professions 3rd National (virtual) Conference on Practice Education 17th June 2021 Title: The Evolution of Practice Education: Sharing the Learning, Hosted by University College Cork - held virtually, 17 June, 2021, School of Pharmacy, University College Cork Invited Talk, 2021 TARA - Full Text

Maeve Kearney, 'Image Guided Radiotherapy - A Radiation Therapist's Perspective', XVI Annual TMH Radiotherapy Practicum, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India, 15-16 September , 2018, Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Invited Talk, 2018

Research Expertise

Description

My main research interest lies in the area of survivorship care -an important component of the cancer care paradigm with a particular focus on the late effects of radiotherapy treatment in Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer survivors. While survival rates for this group are high at least 60% of AYA cancer survivors will develop a late effect as a result of their treatment. Information for empowerment is recognised as key in providing AYA cancer survivors with the tools to manage their health during the survivorship period. My Ph.D. - Knowledge Support and Adolescents and Young Adult Cancer Survivors - will culminate in the development of an information hub to provide AYAs age-appropriate information on late effects following cancer treatment. The most recently published HSE Framework for the Care and Support of Adolescent and Young Adults (AYA) with cancer in Ireland from 2021 to 2026 recognises that there is a significant gap in the AYA framework for such a resource. While there are information resources suitable for adults and paediatrics the AYA group have remained a 'lost tribe' in terms of focused care despite variation in the aetiology of presenting cancer types and their unique stage of personal development. PPI involvement is key to co-creating an information resource that is informative and relevant. With this in mind, this will be a co-creation with AYA cancer survivors, their parents or partners and Health Care professionals working in this field. I have registered for my Ph.D and have approached the key stakeholders who are very supportive of this research.

Keywords

cancer prevention; Cancer Screening; CLINICAL APPLICATIONS; Clinical Education; Clinical placement; CLINICAL PRACTICE; Image Guided Radiotherapy; Radiotherapy

Recognition

Representations

Member of ESTRO RTT Committee 14/02/2020

Member ESTRO Radiation Oncology Safety and Quality Committee (ROSQC) April 2020

Represented Trinity College Dublin at 'Stakeholder Workshop on Ethical Aspects of Radiation Protection in Health Care' at WHO HQ, Geneva Switzerland 2-4 September 2019

Represented ESTRO School at sixteenth annual practicum of the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, where RTTs from throughout India were invited for an exclusive hands-on practical learning experience in IGRT 15 September 2018

Assessor for CORU - the national regulatory board 0 where I assess applications for eligibility to join Radiographer and Radiation Therapist Registration Board

Memberships

Full Member of European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology November 2013 – Present

Registered Radiation Therapist on CORU Radiation Therapists Register January 2017 – Present

Irish Institute for Radiographers and Radiation Therapists (IIRRT) October 2002 – Present

Member of PanCare - a European organisation who work on long-term follow-up care and guidelines for late side-effects of AYA and childhood cancer treatment. December 2021 – Present