University of Galway to establish lecturer position in applied clinical data analytics

Professor John F. and Dr Marie Greally with (back row from left) University of Galway President Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh and Professor Martin O’Donnell, Executive Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Galway. Credit - Martina Regan
Dec 19 2023 Posted: 13:15 GMT

In a significant stride towards advancing health research data analytics, University of Galway is establishing a Professor of Applied Clinical Data Analytics. 

The endowed Lectureship is named after University graduates Professor John F. and Dr Marie Greally, and will be a shared position between the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and the Insight SFI Centre for Data Analytics. 

Clinical research is undergoing a paradigm shift and is changing how we study diseases, putting a greater emphasis on the crucial role of large clinical data analytics. The surge in open-access datasets, coupled with extensive genetic and healthcare databases, presents an unprecedented opportunity for clinical research.

This new Lectureship in Applied Clinical Data Analytics aims to bridge the gap between traditional statistical approaches and emerging cutting-edge methods in data analysis. The aim is to encourage innovative thinking in areas like understanding the cause of illnesses, predicting clinical outcomes and factors that can affect the population’s health. 

President of University of Galway Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said; “The University of Galway expresses our gratification at the distinguished honour bestowed upon Professor John F. and Dr Marie Greally through the naming of this new Lectureship. This will further enhance the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science’s leadership in the field of Clinical Data Analytics. 

“Driven by years of unwavering commitment and service to the field of medicine, both in Ireland and globally, both John and Marie have left an indelible mark. Their unwavering commitment is evident in the substantial contributions they have made to the advancement of medical knowledge, healthcare practices and the betterment of patient outcomes. 

“The establishment of this Lectureship stands as a pivotal initiative within the University’s comprehensive Meitheal campaign. Aligned with our commitment to values of openness, respect, sustainability and excellence, this campaign aims to propel initiatives that fortify the University’s core principles.”

Dr Marie Greally said: "Our career paths exposed us to the excitement and value of being able to incorporate research into medical practice. We are grateful to the University of Galway for the opportunity to help the career of someone who can inspire a generation of students to learn about the value of research in medicine.”   

Professor John F. Greally said: “It’s a privilege to be able to contribute to our University and the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, to which we are grateful for giving us the chance to have our careers in medicine.” 

Professor Martin O’Donnell, Executive Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Consultant Geriatrician at Saolta University Health Care Group said: “This endowed lectureship is central to our ambition in establishing a multi-platform MSc in Applied Clinical Data Analytics, and to the development of an Academic Health Analytics Hub to support research in population health, health services research and clinical trials, as part of our Institute for Clinical Trials. The Health Analytics Hub will develop and expand our existing and emerging strengths in medical AI, such as machine learning and multimodal AI, in collaboration with the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.”


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