Prof Donal O’Shea
Prof Donal O’Shea Qualified from University College Dublin in 1989 and then moved to Hammersmith Hospital in London. Completed research with Professor Stephen Bloom on how the brain controls appetite. Moved to current position establishing the first hospital based multidisciplinary treatment unit for the management of adult obesity in the country.
Is a member of the Department of Health Policy group on obesity established in 2011 and chaired a group carrying out a health impact assessment on the potential benefits and harms of a tax on sugar sweetened drinks. Has presented the EU Ministers for Health and the Director General of the WHO on the importance of prevention of childhood obesity.
Has specific research interests in gender issues as well as obesity and has published over 200 research papers. A regular on Operation Transformation, he recently took up his role as National lead for management of Obesity in Ireland with the HSE.