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Dr. John Allen
Assistant Professor/Specialist Registrar, Paediatrics

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • SERENITY: SEveRE Neurological Impairment and children with medical complexiTY
  • Summary
    • Severe Neurological Impairment (SNI) is a term that has been used to describe a global impairment of the nervous system. This group of children, who have unique challenges, could be considered a sub-group of those with more general medical complexity. However, there is no internationally agreed definition of severe neurological impairment and, therefore, a paucity of literature on its prevalence and medical and social consequences. This information is vital for future resource planning so we can provide the very best care for this vulnerable group of individuals. Objectives 1.To create a consensus definition of SNI 2.To quantify medical complexity in this group 3.To assess wellbeing in the families of children with SNI
  • Date From
    • September 2018


Birth/Congenital Defects; Brain; Cerebral Palsy; Child/Maternal Health; Childhood Disease; Children (Patients); Children with an Intellectual Disability; Children, health and disability; daily life impairments; Developmental Disabilities; DISABILITY; Emotional/Mental Health; Emotional/Mental Health--Child/Adolescent; FAMILY; Family Caregiving; Family centered care; Family Functioning; FAMILY MEMBER; FAMILY STRESS; family support; Handicapped/Disabled (Health/Safety/Medical); Health and Well being; Health Care; IMPAIRMENT; Maternal wellbeing; Medical Complexity; Nervous System; Neurodegenerative Diseases/Disorders; Neurodisability; NEUROLOGICAL; Neurological Disorders; NEUROLOGY; Neuromuscular Disorders; PAEDIATRICS; Paternal Wellbeing; Pediatrics; SEVERE IMPAIRMENT; SEVERE INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY; Severe Neurological Impairment; Sibling Mental Health; Sibling wellbeing; SIBLINGS; Traumatic Brain/Head Injury; Wellbeing


Awards and Honours

Best Presentation, Children's University Hospital, Temple St. 2017

Best Poster, International Conference on Brain Monitoring and Neuroprotection in the Newborn 2015

Title of College Scholar, University College Cork 2006

Title of College Scholar, University College Cork 2005


Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2013 – Present