Anthony Ryan

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Anthony Ryan – Funded Investigator

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1977      MB, BCh BAO, University College Cork

1979      DCH  (Child Health), Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

1980     DObst, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

2001     MD, University College Cork

2007     MA Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, University College Cork

Career Profile:

Professor Tony Ryan is a Consultant Neonatologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital, HSE and an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at University College Cork. He was one of the first graduates of the Masters in Teaching & Higher Education at UCC. Awards include the Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (2002) and an Irish Health Award (2009) for International Development and Health Systems improvement (Omdurman Maternity Hospital, Sudan). in 2012, he was awarded a National Award by the National Academy for the Integretion of Research in teaching and learning (NAIRTL).

Research interests:

Basic Sciences: Examining new methods of high frequency ventilation effects of MgSO4 on hypoxia induced pulmonary hypertension in piglets.

Clinical Practices: Studies on neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; pulse oximetry ; continuous positive airway pressure in apnea of prematurity1; neonatal pneumothoraces; the effects of PaCO2 and peritoneal dialysis on central hemodynamics in children following open heart surgery; home nebulizers in childhood asthma; thrombolysis; various case reports.   ECMO and congenital diaphragmatic hernias; nitric oxide. Congenital dislocation of the hip
Injury Prevention: An investigation of childhood deaths from toy balloons and deaths from children’s’ drawstrings, drownings among people with epilepsy and a study looking at the epidemiology of pediatric burns in the Firefighters Burn Unit at the University of Alberta  Hospitals. Biomedical Ethics: Mode of death in PICU and NICU

Evidence Based Medicine: Changing attitudes regarding local anaesthesia and circumcision; and antenatal steroids

Learning and Education: Evaluation of a Neonatal Resuscitation Programme.  Investigating the values of Medical Students, CanMeds and The Roles of the Modern Doctor.

Multi-centered Trials:  Member of the Steering Committee of INNOVO: Nitric Oxide Multi-centered Trial -Leeds Multi-centre Trial Group in Britain.
Collaboration with Dr. Su Mason and Dr. Chris Megone, Yorkshire Trials Unit on Biomed 2 Proposal PL950169 – Is Obtaining Informed Consent for Neonatal Research An Elaborate Ritual? – A European Study
Dexamethoazone to Prevent BPD. (OSECT: Prof. Henry Hallliday, Belfast)
Inis published New Engl J Med 2011

Neonatal Brain Research: In collaboration with Dr. Geraldine Boylan, investigating the role of continuous EEG in newborns, timing of neonatal brain injury, the EEG in normal infants and the role of EEG monitoring in preterm infants.

Preventing brain injury in the newborn infant (Collaborators, Professor Ger Boylan, Dr Gene Dempsey).

Protein composition of breast milk (Collaborator Professor Alan Kelly – Food Science, UCC).

Probiotics in the newborn (Collaborators, Dr Catherins Stanton, Prof Paul Ross, Teacasc, Cork)

Interprofessional Education, Reflective Inquiry & Integrated Learning (Partners Dr. Bettie Higgs, Geology, Shane Kilcommins, Law UCC).

Newborn Resuscitation: Education & Devices

International Development and Health Systems Improvement (Partnership, Omdurman, Sudan).

Helping Babies Breathe (Sudan 2013)


Tony has more than 90 peer reviewed research publications and a book chapter in the ‘Handbook of Reflection and Reflective Inquiry’ (Ed. Nona Lyons, 2010).

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