Dr. Sinéad O'Neill

Dr. Sinead O'Neill
Postdoctoral Researcher

Sinéad’s interest in research stemmed from her degree where she completed a structured qualitative review on “Factors influencing parent’s decisions to accept or reject the MMR vaccine” (in light of the Wakefield autism controversy) in 2008. Following this, she completed her Master’s thesis on “The relative mortality-predicting ability of different anthropometric indices in a malnourished population of over 4,000 children from rural Zaire” using a survival analysis approach in 2009. In 2010, she joined Prof Kenny and Dr. Khashan for her four year PhD and completed her doctoral research on “The impact of Caesarean section delivery on subsequent pregnancy outcome”, more specifically the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or subfertility in the subsequent delivery. For this she used the renowned Danish National Registers, conducting the largest and most methodologically robust studies to date including over 800,000 women. During her PhD she also competed numerous systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and has just completed her first Cochrane review accessing “Different insulin types and regimens for pregnancy women with pre-existing diabetes”. Sinéad’s current research interests include investigating the longer term impact of Caesarean section delivery on offspring outcome including school grades, neurodevelopment, mental health and so on.

Career Profile:

  • 2015-present Diploma in Teaching and Learning for Higher Education, University College Cork (expected completion date: April 2017)
  • 2014-present Post-Doctoral Researcher, INFANT
  • 2010-2014 Ph.D in Health Services Research, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health/Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Cork
  • 2008-2009 MPH (hons) Masters in Public Health, specialising in Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University College Cork                            
  • 2004-2008 B.Sc (hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion, University College Cork

Professional Activities/Achievements:

  • 2014 Health Research Board Cochrane Fellowship Recipient (€46,717)
  • 2013 Best Poster Award at the Society for Social Medicine 57th Annual Scientific Meeting, Brighton, UK
  • Best New Investigator Award at the Society for Gynecologic Investigation Meeting, Orlando, Florida
  • Recipient of the Society for Social Medicine 57th Annual Scientific Meeting Travel Bursary, Brighton, UK (€1500)
  • 2012 Finalist in the Jacqueline Horgan Bronze Medal in Epidemiology, Royal College of Physicians Meeting, Ireland
  • Recipient of University College Cork Travel Bursary to attend the Society for Gynecologic Investigation Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, USA (€1,000)
  • Recipient of the Society for Social Medicine 56th Annual Scientific Meeting Travel Bursary, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (€1500)
  • 2011 Recipient of the Shani Rushin Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in obtaining the highest grades in my PhD cohort
  • Winner of the three-minute thesis at University College Corks Annual Doctoral Showcase
  • 2010 Health Research Board Ireland Structured PhD Scholarship (€100,000)
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