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Dr. Emer Guinan

Associate Professor (Physiotherapy)


Associate Professor (School Office - Medicine)

  Cancer Survivorship   Exercise Medicine   Inter/Multidisciplinary Education   inter-professional collaboration   Interprofessional Education in Healthcare   inter-professional practice   LUNG CANCER   multi-disciplinary   Oesophageal cancer   POSTOPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS   Prostate cancer   Rehabilitation/Therapy, Physical   UPPER GASTROINTESTINAL CANCER
 Preoperative inspiratory muscle training to prevent postoperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing esophageal resection (the PREPARE study)
 Rehabilitative Strategies Following Oesophageal Cancer (ReStOre trial)
 Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination: Community Exercise
 Rehabilitation Strategies following Oesophagogastric and Hepatopancreaticobiliary Cancer
 Preoperative Exercise to Improve Fitness in Patients Undergoing Complex Surgery for Cancer of the Lung or Oesophagus

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2021 - present: Member of the Physical Activity and Exercise Subgroup at the National Cancer Control Programme 2021
2022 - Member of the Irish Psycho-Social Oncology Network (IPSON) Steering Committee representing Cancer Rehabilitation 2022
Co-chair of the Irish Network of Healthcare Educators Special Interest Group in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice 2020 - present
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Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) July 2009 present
CORU Physiotherapy Registration Board 2019 Present
REYNOLDS SA., O'CONNOR L., McGEE A., QUINN KILCOYNE A., CONNOLLY A., MOCKLER D., GUINAN E., O'NEILL L, Recruitment rates and strategies in exercise trials in cancer survivorship: a systematic review, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Brien, A., Brennan, L., O'Neill, L, Guinan, E., Connolly, D., Reynolds, JV., and Hussey, J., Patient Experiences of a Telehealth Multidisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation Programme: Qualitative Findings from the ReStOre@Home Feasibility Study, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Grimes T, Guinan E, Interprofessional Education focused on Medication Safety: A Systematic Review., Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2022, p1 - 20, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Brennan, L. Sheill, G. O'Neill, L, O'Connor, L, Smyth, E. Guinan, E, Physical Therapists in Oncology Settings: Experiences in Delivering Cancer Rehabilitation Services, Barriers to Care, and Service Development Needs, Physical Therapy, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Brennan, L., Sadeghi, F., O'Neill, L., Guinan, E., Smyth, L. Sheill, G., Smyth, E., Doyle, S.L., Timon, C., Connolly, D., O'Sullivan, J., Reynolds, J.V., and Hussey, J., Telehealth Delivery of a Multi-Disciplinary Rehabilitation Programme for Upper Gastro-Intestinal Cancer: ReStOre@Home Feasibility Study, Cancers, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Bennett, A.E., O'Neill, L., Connolly, D., Guinan, E., Boland, L., Doyle, S., O'Sullivan, J., Reynolds, J.V., Hussey, J., Perspectives of Esophageal Cancer Survivors on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery., Cancers, 13, (1), 2021, p1-12 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Kennedy, S.A., Annett, S.L., Dunne, M.R., Boland, F., O'Neill, L.M., Guinan, E.M., Doyle, S.L., Foley, E.K., Elliott, J.A., Murphy, C.F., Bennett, A.E., Carey, M., Hillary, D., Robson, T., Reynolds, J.V., Hussey, J., O'Sullivan, J.N., Effect of the Rehabilitation Program, ReStOre, on Serum Biomarkers in a Randomized Control Trial of Esophagogastric Cancer Survivors, Frontiers in Oncology, 11, (669078), 2021, p1-11 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
ALKHAFFAF B., BLAZEBY JM, ET AL AND ON BEHALF OF THE GASTROS INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP, Methods for conducting international Delphi surveys to optimise global participation in core outcome set development: a case study in gastric cancer informed by a comprehensive literature review, Trials, 2021, p , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sheill G., Hennessy M., O'Neill L., Reynolds S., Towns J., Gill M., Guinan E., Exercise and chronic health conditions in the community: A qualitative Study of Patients and Fitness instructors, Health and Social Care in the Community, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Neill L., Reynolds S., Sheill G., Guinan E., Mockler D., Geoghegan J., Conlon K., Reynolds, J.V., Hussey J., Physical function in patients with resectable cancer of the pancreas and liver-a systematic review, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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O'Neill, L., Murphy, F., Reidy, D., Poisson, C., Hussey, J., and Guinan, E., Development and Initial Implementation of a Clinical Monitoring Strategy in a Non-regulated Trial: a research note from the ReStOre II Trial [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review], HRB Open Research, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Promoting Leadership Skills Through Interprofessional Education in, editor(s)Morison S , Leadership: Perception, Influences and Gender Differences, NOVA science publishers, 2017, pp103 - 139, [Guinan E.M. and McGowen E.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine with responsibility for the Interprofessional Learning programme for the Faculty of Health Sciences. My main research interest is in the role of exercise and physical activity in ameliorating treatment side effects and optimising survivorship for patients with cancer. My work considers both the therapeutic and the physiological impact of exercise programmes. I have a particular interest in the role of exercise for patients with complex cancer presentations including patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and those with advanced disease. I have been awarded >€1.7 million in research funding as either principle investigator or co-applicant from external peer-reviewed grants (Health Research Board, Irish Cancer Society, Medical Charities Research Group), external research bursaries (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists) and internal competitions from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity College. I have published over 50 peer reviewed publications and 1 book chapter. In addition, I lead an interprofessional learning research programme across the Faculty of Health Sciences.