Research Profile

Eleanor O'Sullivan

Biography

Dr O'Sullivan has a PhD in Oral Cancer and an MSc in Palliative Care.  Improving early detection and optimising outcomes are her particular interests. She also holds a Masters in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.

Research Interests

Research into Head and Neck Cancer undertaken over the last fifteen years has informed both my clinical practice and my teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The skills, knowledge and the interdisciplinary contacts developed throughout this time period have been of benefit to the department, students and patients. Much of this research has focused on the areas of primary and secondary prevention as diagnostic delay remains a major contributory factor in the unacceptably high mortality and morbidity associated with Head and Neck Cancer. This has led to a number of innovative interventions such as the development of a screening programme for high-risk persons (those with a history of substance abuse), as well as an industry supported opportunistic screening programme for the general public.
Educational research has assisted in the development of a learning outcomes approach to clinical teaching, provided mentoring to many colleagues and contributed to the ongoing success of the Teaching & Learning Team in Ionad Barra, UCC.




Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2008)'Epidemiological research: an essential, integral component of patient care'
O'Sullivan, EM. ; (2008) 'Epidemiological research: an essential, integral component of patient care' In: Progress in Oral Cancer Research. Irekand: Progress in Oral Cancer Research. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2014)'Quality of life in urban and rural settings: A study of head and neck cancer survivors'
Thomas, AA,Timmons, A,Molcho, M,Pearce, A,Gallagher, P,Butow, P,O'Sullivan, E,Gooberman-Hill, R,O'Neill, C,Sharp, L (2014) 'Quality of life in urban and rural settings: A study of head and neck cancer survivors'. Oral Oncology, 50 :676-682 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'I'll continue as long as I can and die when I can't help it: a qualitative exploration of the views of end-of-life care by those affected by head & neck cancer (HNC)'
O'Sullivan, E.M.; Higginson, I.H. (2014) 'I'll continue as long as I can and die when I can't help it: a qualitative exploration of the views of end-of-life care by those affected by head & neck cancer (HNC)'. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'The development of mouth, head and neck cancer awareness in Ireland and results of Mouth Cancer Awareness Day 2011'
MacCarthy, D; O'Sullivan EM; McAlister, C; et al. (2012) 'The development of mouth, head and neck cancer awareness in Ireland and results of Mouth Cancer Awareness Day 2011'. Journal of Irish Dental Association, 58 (2):109-114 [Details]
(2012)'Dental Health of Irish Alcohol/Drug Abuse Treatment Centre Residents'
O'Sullivan, E.M. (2012) 'Dental Health of Irish Alcohol/Drug Abuse Treatment Centre Residents'. Community Dental Health, 29 (4):263-267 [Details]
(2011)'Prevalence of oral mucosal abnormalities in addiction treatment centre residents in Southern Ireland'
O'Sullivan, EM; (2011) 'Prevalence of oral mucosal abnormalities in addiction treatment centre residents in Southern Ireland'. Oral Oncology, European J Cancer, [Details]
(2011)'Using epidemiological surveillance systems and routine data sets to study place of care and place of death: strengths and weaknesses'
O'Sullivan, EM; (2011) 'Using epidemiological surveillance systems and routine data sets to study place of care and place of death: strengths and weaknesses'. Palliative Medicine,   [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'An international comparison of professional attitudes among medical students in Ireland'
O'Sullivan, E,Ryan, CA (2011) 'An international comparison of professional attitudes among medical students in Ireland'. Medical Teacher, 33 :424-425 [Details]
(2010)'Title: Clinical Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Irradiation-induced Xerostomia'
O'Sullivan, EM; Higginson, IJ.; (2010) 'Title: Clinical Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Irradiation-induced Xerostomia'. Acupuncture in Medicine - BMJ Journals, 28 :191-199   [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Clinical effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of irradiation-induced xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer: a systematic review'
O'Sullivan, EM,Higginson, IJ (2010) 'Clinical effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of irradiation-induced xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer: a systematic review'. Acupuncture in Medicine - BMJ Journals, 28 :191-199 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'The demographic and academic profile of Irish dental school faculty members'
O'Sullivan, EM; (2010) 'The demographic and academic profile of Irish dental school faculty members'. Journal of the Irish Dental Association, 55 (6):296-301 [Details]
(2010)'A national study on the attitudes of Irish dental faculty members to faculty development'
O'Sullivan, EM; (2010) 'A national study on the attitudes of Irish dental faculty members to faculty development'. Journal of Dental Education, 14 :43-49 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Public awareness of mouth, head and neck cancer'
MacCarthy, D; O'Sullivan, E. (2010) 'Public awareness of mouth, head and neck cancer'. Irish medical journal, 103 (10) [Details]
(2008)'International Variation in the Incidence of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer'
O'Sullivan EM; (2008) 'International Variation in the Incidence of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer'. Community Dent Health, [Details]
(2007)'Ageism in oral oncology - fact or fiction?'
O'Sullivan, E.; (2007) 'Ageism in oral oncology - fact or fiction?'. ORAL ONCOLOGY, 2 (Suppl. S) [Details]
(2007)'Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)'
O'Sullivan EM. ; (2007) 'Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)'. The Irish Pharmacy Journal, [Details]
(2007)'Xerostomia Far More Than a Nuisance'
O'Sullivan EM; (2007) 'Xerostomia Far More Than a Nuisance'. Irish Dentist, [Details]
(2006)'Understanding the role of the qualified professional: a comparison of medical and dental students' attitudes'
Widdifield H, Ryan CA, O'Sullivan E; (2006) 'Understanding the role of the qualified professional: a comparison of medical and dental students' attitudes'. Irish medical journal, 99 (9):273-276 [Details]
(2006)'Dental and maxillofacial impact of childhood craniofacial irradiation'
O'Sullivan EM; (2006) 'Dental and maxillofacial impact of childhood craniofacial irradiation'. eLetter: CA- Cancer J for Clinicians, [Details]
(2005)'Oral and pharyngeal cancer in Ireland'
O'Sullivan EM; (2005) 'Oral and pharyngeal cancer in Ireland'. Irish medical journal, 98 (4):102-105 [Details]
(2005)'Factors associated with Diagnostic Delay of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma'
O'Sullivan, EM; (2005) 'Factors associated with Diagnostic Delay of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma'. Oral Oncology, 41 (1):101-102 [Details]
(2005)'Comment on Factors associated with diagnostic delay of oral squamous cell carcinoma'
O'Sullivan EM. ; (2005) 'Comment on Factors associated with diagnostic delay of oral squamous cell carcinoma'. European Journal of Cancer with Oral Oncology, [Details]
(2004)'Nicorandil-induced severe oral ulceration'
O¿Sullivan E. ; (2004) 'Nicorandil-induced severe oral ulceration'. Irish Dental Journal, [Details]
(2004)'Improving early diagnosis of oral cancer'
O'Sullivan, E; (2004) 'Improving early diagnosis of oral cancer'. JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, 62 (1) [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2013)'Mouth Cancer Awareness Day 2013: Working together for better health outcomes'
O’Sullivan EM. (2013) 'Mouth Cancer Awareness Day 2013: Working together for better health outcomes' Irish Pharmacy Journal, September :16-18. [Details]
(2012)'The Pharmacist’s Role in Mouth Cancer Awareness'
O'Sullivan, EM (2012) 'The Pharmacist’s Role in Mouth Cancer Awareness' Journal of Irish Pharmacy, :16-19. [Details]
(2011)'Oral and pharyngeal cancer prevention – challenges and opportunities'
O'Sullivan, EM (2011) 'Oral and pharyngeal cancer prevention – challenges and opportunities' Irish Dentist, :16-19. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2008)CASTL Conference
O'Sullivan E. ; (2008) Faculty Development: Educating the Educators! CASTL Conference UCC, [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2008)A Pilot Oral Cancer Screening Study in a High-Risk Population.
O'Sullivan, EM; (2008) A Pilot Oral Cancer Screening Study in a High-Risk Population. Irish Cancer Society, Ireland. [Details]

Abstract

 YearPublication
(2012)Ageism in Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Fact or Fiction?.
O'Sullivan, E (2012) Ageism in Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Fact or Fiction?. Abstract [Details]
(2009)Oral & Pharyngeal Cancer (OPC) screening in irish addiction treatment centres.
O'Sullivan, EM (2009) Oral & Pharyngeal Cancer (OPC) screening in irish addiction treatment centres. Abstract [DOI] [Details]
(2007)Ageism in oral oncology - fact or fiction?.
O'Sullivan, E (2007) Ageism in oral oncology - fact or fiction?. Abstract [Details]
(2005)Early mortality in oral cancer.
O'Sullivan, EM (2005) Early mortality in oral cancer. Abstract [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2006NCI/HRB travelling scholarship to NCI Summer Curriculum on Cancer Control & Prevention HRB
2006Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching UCC

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
IMGDF Interfaculty General Dentistry Fellowship Examiners Group Member/
International Association for Dental Research Member/
International Academy of Oral Oncology Fellow/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2008)Pan European Federation of IADR,
O'Sullivan, EM; (2008) Pilot Oral Cancer Screening Study in a High-Risk Population. [Oral Presentation], Pan European Federation of IADR, London , 08-NOV-08 - 08-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)2nd Joint UCC/ Cork University Teaching Hospitals Research Day,
O'Sullivan, EM; (2008) Multidisciplinary Dental Intervention among Irish Head & Neck Cancer Patients. [Oral Presentation], 2nd Joint UCC/ Cork University Teaching Hospitals Research Day, UCC , 06-JUN-08 - 06-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)4th All Ireland Cancer Conference,
O'Sullivan, EM; (2008) Head & Neck Cancer ¿ Screening Study in an Irish High Risk Population. [Oral Presentation], 4th All Ireland Cancer Conference, Dublin , 08-NOV-08 - 08-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)NAIRTL Conference,
O'Sullivan, EM; (2008) A National Study on the Attitudes of Irish Dental Faculty Members to Faculty Development. [Oral Presentation], NAIRTL Conference, Waterford , 24-NOV-08 - 25-NOV-08. [Details]
(2007)Irish Branch - IADR Conference,
O Sullivan, EM; (2007) Oral & Pharyngeal Cancer (OPC) ¿ A Review of Tertiary Care Patterns. [Oral Presentation], Irish Branch - IADR Conference, Silversprings Hotel, Cork , 01-OCT-07 - 01-OCT-07. [Details]
(2007)1st Joint UCC/CUH Annual Research Day,
O'Sullivan, EM; (2007) Ageism in Oral Oncology ¿ Fact or Fiction?. [Oral Presentation], 1st Joint UCC/CUH Annual Research Day, UCC , 13-JUN-07 - 13-JUN-07. [Details]
(2007)Academy in Oral Oncology Conference,
O'Sullivan, EM; (2007) Ageism in Oral Oncology ¿ Fact or Fiction?. [Oral Presentation], Academy in Oral Oncology Conference, Amsterdam , 01-MAY-07 - 01-MAY-07. [Details]
(2006)Learning Outcome Symposium,
O'Sullivan, EM; (2006) Dental Surgery DS 5001- A Learning Outcome Approach. [Oral Presentation], Learning Outcome Symposium, UCC, Cork , 01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-06. [Details]
(2006)11th ICOOC International Congress on Oral Cancer,
O'Sullivan, E.M.; (2006) Epidemiological Research - An Implicit Component of Patient Care, Not an Optional Extra. [Plenary Lecture], 11th ICOOC International Congress on Oral Cancer, Grado, Italy , 14-MAY-06 - 17-MAY-06. [Details]
(2006)14th Annual CUH Medical Research Day,
Sullivan, EM; (2006) Availability & Accuracy of Staging Information in Oral & Pharyngeal Cancer in Southern Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 14th Annual CUH Medical Research Day, CUH, Cork , 21-JUN-06 - 21-JUN-06. [Details]
(2006)Pan European Federation of IADR,
O'Sullivan, EM; (2006) Tobacco and Alcohol Usage in Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Patients ¿. [Oral Presentation], Pan European Federation of IADR, Trinity Collage Dublin , 16-SEP-06 - 16-SEP-06. [Details]
(2005)CME Dental Division,
O'Sullivan, E.M.; (2005) The Role of the Dentist in Head and Neck Cancer. [Plenary Lecture], CME Dental Division, Cork University Dental School , 13-JUN-05 - 13-JUN-05. [Details]
(2005)CUH Study Day Radiation Oncology,
O'Sullivan, E.M.; (2005) The ROle of the Dental Team in the Care of the Head & Neck Cancer Patient. [Invited Oral Presentation], CUH Study Day Radiation Oncology, CUH, COrk , 09-JUN-05 - 09-JUN-05. [Details]
(2005)ABAOMS - Ass British Academic Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons,
O'Sullivan, E.M., Ryan T, Wiffifred H.; (2005) Understanding the Role of the Qualified Professional. [Oral Presentation], ABAOMS - Ass British Academic Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Alexander Hotel, Dublin, Ireland , 10-NOV-05 - 11-NOV-05. [Details]
(2005)Irish Cancer Society Inaugural Head & Neck Cancer Clinical Study Day,
O'Sullivan, E.M.; (2005) Dental Care in Head and Neck Cancer Patients. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Cancer Society Inaugural Head & Neck Cancer Clinical Study Day, UCD, Dublin , 03-MAR-05 - 03-MAR-05. [Details]
(2005)10th ICOOC International Congress of Oral Cacner,
O'Sullivan, E.M.; (2005) Early Mortality in Oral Cancer. [Oral Presentation], 10th ICOOC International Congress of Oral Cacner, Crete , 20-APR-05 - 22-APR-05. [Details]
(2004)Head & Neck Patient Information Day, S. Infirmary-Victoria Hospital HNC Oncology Multidisciplinary Group,
O'Sullivan E.M.; (2004) The Role of the Dentist in the Care of Head and Neck Cancer Patients. [Invited Oral Presentation], Head & Neck Patient Information Day, S. Infirmary-Victoria Hospital HNC Oncology Multidisciplinary Group, Cork, Ireland , 27-MAR-04 - 27-MAR-04. [Details]
(2003)9th International Congress on Oral Cancer in association with Australia & New Zealand Head & Neck Conference,
O'Sullivan E.M.; (2003) Interantional Variation in the Incidence of Oral & Pharyngeal Cancer. [Oral Presentation], 9th International Congress on Oral Cancer in association with Australia & New Zealand Head & Neck Conference, Melbourne, Australia , 16-NOV-03 - 19-NOV-03. [Details]
(2003)9th Interantional Congress on Oral Cancer, in association with Australia & New Zealand Head & Neck Conference,
O'Sullivan E.M.; (2003) Uptake of Acute Hospital Services by Oral & Pharyngeal Cancer Patients. [Poster Presentation], 9th Interantional Congress on Oral Cancer, in association with Australia & New Zealand Head & Neck Conference, Melbourne, Australia , 16-NOV-03 - 19-NOV-03. [Details]
(2003)All-Ireland Cancer Conference - NCI Cancer Consortium,
O'Sullivan E.M.; (2003) Oral Cancer in Southern Ireland. [Poster Presentation], All-Ireland Cancer Conference - NCI Cancer Consortium, Cork, Ireland , 19-OCT-03 - 22-OCT-03. [Details]
(2002)International Association for Dental Research IADR,
O'Sullivan E.M.; (2002) Cancer of the Tongue - A Population Based Study. [Oral Presentation], International Association for Dental Research IADR, Cork, Ireland , 26-JAN-02 - 27-JAN-02. [Details]
(2001)Palliative Care CME Meeting,
O'Sullivan E.M.; (2001) Oral Cancer in Ireland - An Overview. [Invited Oral Presentation], Palliative Care CME Meeting, Marymount Hospice, Cork, Ireland , 01-DEC-01 - 01-DEC-01. [Details]
(2001)7th International Congress on Oral Cancer,
O'Sullivan E.M.; (2001) Variation by Site in the Sources of Referral of Oral Cancer. [Oral Presentation], 7th International Congress on Oral Cancer, The Hague, Netherlands , 24-APR-01 - 27-APR-01. [Details]
(2001)7th International Congress on Oral Cancer,
O'Sullivan E.M.; (2001) Some Insights into the Potential for Earlier Detection of Oral Cancer. [Poster Presentation], 7th International Congress on Oral Cancer, The Hague, Netherlands , 24-APR-01 - 27-APR-01. [Details]
(1999)UICC,
O'Sullivan, EM; (1999) International Variation in Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer. [Poster Presentation], UICC, Dublin , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
2nd Joint UCC/ Cork University Hospitals Health Research Day Chair2008 / 2008
1st Joint UCC/ Cork University Hospitals Health Research Day Organising Committee Member2007 / 2007

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Oral Surgery, CDH, UCC Senior Lecturer (Part-Time - 50%)/ 01-JAN-15
UCC Part-Time Clinical Dental Surgeon01-JAN-88 / 01-JAN-02
Oral Health Services Research Centre Research Associate01-JAN-93 / 01-JAN-99
Southern Health Board Dental Surgeon01-JUL-88 / 01-JUL-92

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2010King's College London, University College London MScPalliative Care
1982UCC BDS - NUIDentistry
2005UCC PHDMedicine
2006UCC Postgraduate DiplomaTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2007UCC M.A. 1HTeaching & Learning in Higher Education

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Irish Cancer Society
2006-to date Consultant to Irish Cancer Society on Head & Neck Cancer. Contributor to Understanding Radiotherapy - Section on Radiotherapy to the Head and Neck p 40-43.

Other Activities

 Description

Visits Abroad

2006 NCI - National Cancer Institute, Bethesda,
Washington DC
Awarded National Cancer Institute /
Health Research Board travelling scholarship to NCI Summer Curriculum on Cancer Control & Prevention
5-28th July 2006
2005
Kuwait Invited Lecturer for RCSI on IMFD post graduate course
23rd Nov 1 Week
2006 Kuwait Inviteed Lecturer for RSCI on IMPD post graduate course 10th Nov 1 Week

2008
Kuwait- External Examiner for RCSI IMDF, 7 - 9th June

 

 


Research Talks

2007 Head & Neck Cancer: A Whistle Stop Tour
Visiting US CME Group Cobh 10th Oct 2008
2007 Opportunistic Screening for Oral Cancer
Pfizer CME Study Day Cork August, 2007
2007 Role of the General Dental Practitioner in Diagnosis and Management of Oral & Pharyngeal Cancer
Munster CME Group Cork 14th Nov. 2007
2006 Invited Keynote Speaker:
Epidemiology - An Implicit Component of Patient Care - Not an Optional Extra. 11th International Congress on Oral Cancer (ICOOC)
Grado, Italy. May, 2006
2005 Dental Care in Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Irish Cancer Society Inaugural Head & Neck Cancer Study Day, UCD Dublin March 3rd 2005
2005 Role of the Dental Team in the Care of the Head & Neck Cancer Patient Radiation Oncology Unit, CUH Study Day 9th June 2005
2004 The Role of the Dentist in the Care of the Head & Neck Cancer Patient.
HNC Patient Information Day, S. Infirmary-Victoria Hospital Head & Neck Oncology Multidisciplinary Group Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork 27th March, 2004.
2005 The Role of the Dentist in Head and Neck Cancer
CME Dental Division Conference Teleconference to Dublin, Cork & Tralee 13th June, 2005
 


List of Expert Assignments


2008 E O'Sullivan
External Examiner for RCSI IMDF 7-9th June, 2008
RCSI overseas exam centre Kuwait


2008 External Examiner for RCSI IMDF 24-25 Nov
RCSI Dublin


2008 External Examiner for RCSI IMDF 20-21st May
RCSI Dublin


2008 Oral Cancer Screening on behalf of Pfizer Ireland 30-31st May, 2008
Dublin
2007 -to date Appointed to UCC President's Awards Committee for Excellence in Teaching and Learning UCC 2007
UCC 2008
2007 to date Appointed Member of RCSI MFD Examination Core Group 2nd Jan, 2008 to date
1999 to date
External Examiner for RCSI IMDF
RCSI Dublin
 

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