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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

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, '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

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

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