Clinic Team

Professor Sean Dinneen, D1 Now Study Lead Applicant, Professor of Diabetic Medicine and HSE National Clinical Programme Lead for Diabetes.

Professor Sean Dinneen, is Lead Applicant on the D1 Now Study. He is a professor of diabetic medicine and works jointly across the School of Medicine, NUI Galway and the Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Galway University Hospitals. Since June 2016 he is HSE National Clinical Programme Lead for Diabetes. Over the past 10 years Prof Dinneen has secured research funding of nearly €3 million from the Health Research Board (HRB), Enterprise Ireland, Diabetes Ireland (through the Medical Research Charities Group) and the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes. In addition he was part of successful bids which brought a School of Podiatry and a Clinical Research Facility to NUI Galway. He has acted as Principal Investigator on 3 multi-centre clinical trials through the HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway. He was recently nominated by NUI Galway to lead its Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Ignite submission to the HRB. His professional interests are in delivering programmes of self-management education for people with diabetes, developing optimal models of community-based diabetes care, improving the way we deliver care to young adults with type 1 diabetes and using information technology in new and innovative ways to improve diabetes care. Website and Publications:

Helen Burke, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, SRN, RSCN, Masters in Health Science, Registered Nurse Prescriber, Higher Diploma in Health Service Management

Helen has also completed a Masters in Health Science NUIG, Higher Diploma in Diabetes Nursing from Roehampton University, Surrey, a Higher Diploma in Health Service Management from the University of Limerick and The Certificate in Nurse Prescribing in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin. She also holds a Certificate in Insulin Pump Therapy from Kings College, London.  Helen is also an honorary clinical fellow of National University of Galway and a member of the Irish Diabetes Nurse Specialist Association, West of Ireland Diabetes Services Implementation Group.  Helen has published in many JournalsHelen’s interest focuses on the development and enhancement of diabetes services for Paediatric, adolescent and young adult diabetes care. Helen has been involved in the development and implementation of many patient education programmes. Helen has organised many training programmes for visiting Medical and Nursing students  She has won many awards for her work in Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes and has published and spoken extensively on this subject. She was one of the lead Investigators for the MIND Study which examined quality of life issues for people living with diabetes and how these may impact on metabolic outcomes in this cohort

Áine Cunningham

Diabetes Nurse Specialist

Dr Esther O'Sullivan

Locum Consultant Endocrinologist

Aoife Ryan

Diabetes Nurse Specialist

Mairead Smith, Senior Diabetes Dietitian

Mairead has worked in the Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Galway University Hospitals. She provides an outpatient service and follow-up for patients referred with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She is an important member of both the Type 1 Diabetes Young Adult Clinic Team and Intensive Insulin Management Team. 

She is a DAFNE and DESMOND Educator. As a key member of the Type 1 Diabetes Young Adult Clinic team, Mairead will help with recruiting young adults for the D1 Now Study and will advise on aspects of the study that require specialist dietetic input.