• Professor John Wells

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    Professor John Wells was educated at Henry Thornton School, London and holds degrees from King's College London (PhD in Nursing); London Guildhall University/ London Metropolitan University (MSc in Care Policy and Management); Manchester University (BA Hons in History) and Southbank University (Post Graduate Diploma in Education). He trained as a mental health nurse at St George's Hospital School of Nursing at Springfield Hospital in London. He then held a number of clinical and management positions in mental health services including Staff Nurse in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Community Mental Health Nurse, and Ward Manager, Acute Psychiatric Admissions at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospital and Springfield Hospital in London. He took up his first academic appointment in 1991 as a lecturer in mental health nursing at the Maudsley Hospital School of Nursing. This was followed in 1993 with an appointment as a lecturer in nursing at King's College, University of London, where he remained until 1998 when he moved to Ireland and took up a lectureship in Psychiatric Nursing based in WIT. Professor Wells was awarded a PhD by research from King's College London in 2004 with a thesis entitled ‘Community Mental Health Policy In The 1990s: A Case Study In Corporate And ‘Street Level’ Implementation’. Supervisor: Professor Dame Jennifer Wilson-Barnett (KIng's College London); Examiners: Professor Edward Peck (University of Birmingham) and Professor Jennifer Secker (Anglia Ruskin University). Professor Wells' principal hobby outside of his academic interests is military history and wargaming, specialising in the Peloponnesian and Greco-Persian wars, the Peninsular Campaign in the Napoleonic Wars and World War 2. For more information please go to https://www.wit.ie/about_wit/contact_us/staff_directory/john_wells#tab=directory_biography

  • Dr Michael Bergin

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    Dr Michael Bergin is a lecturer at the Department of Nursing & Healthcare, WIT since 2002. He holds degrees from the University of Lincoln, UK (PhD in Nursing); University College Dublin (MMedSc) and University College Cork (BSc Hons in Nursing and Diploma in Professional Studies). He trained as a psychiatric nurse at Waterford Regional School of Psychiatric Nursing while clinically based at St. Canices Hospital, Kilkenny. He also trained as a general nurse having undertaken his postgraduate programme at Waterford Regional School of General Nursing, University Hospital Waterford from 1989-1991. He then held a number of clinical and management positions in the mental health services in the south east including Staff Nurse and Clinical Nurse Manager in the Acute Psychiatric Admissions, Community Mental Health Nurse and Project Manager for the Integration of the Carlow/Kilkenny Acute Psychiatric Services. He took up his first academic appointment in 2002 as a lecturer in Nursing at the Department of Nursing, WIT. He has a particular interest in the Productive Ward initiative having undergone training in the Productice Series, University of Warwickshire, UK. Dr Bergin was awarded a PhD by research from the University of Lincoln, UK in 2012 with a thesis entitled ‘Realist Social Theory, Gender Awareness and Irish Mental Health Care: An Exploratory Analysis'. His Supervisors were: Professor John S. G. Wells (Head of School of Health Sciences, WIT) and Professor Sara Owen (Pro Vice Chancellor / Head of College of Social Science, University of Lincoln, UK). Examiners were Professor Alan White (University of Leeds) and Dr Dave Piggott (University of Lincoln, UK).

  • Dr Lorna Doyle

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    Dr. Lorna Doyle is a lecturer in Nutrition in the Dept. of Health Sport and Exercise Science at Waterford Institute of Technology. She is a registered nutritionist with nutrition specialism in Sport and Exercise. She has been a lecturer at WIT for over 11 years and supervised several research students investigating aspects relating to: protein supplementation and bone health, low carbohydrate diets and its effect on weight loss, bone health and cardiovascular effects. She is also investigating the effect of low carbohydrate diets on health and sports performance with athletes. Dr. Doyle is interested in any type of research which affects the health of individuals and/or their performance in sport. Teaching: Subjects taught • General Nutrition • Clinical Nutrition • Sport and Exercise Nutrition • Research Methods • Advanced Research Methods & Statistics • Biomolecules and Cells • Introduction to Exercise Science • Supervised ~ 20 MA Sport Psychology Dissertations • 4th Year Health Promotion/Exercise and Health Dissertation Supervision (4-8/year) Scientific Skills: • Dietary analysis • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) • Enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy • Flame Spectroscopy • Conducting human and animal research trials • Blood pressure measurement on rats Education: 1995: Batchelor of Science and Education (BSc Ed) University of Limerick, 1st class honours, first place in faculty. 1998: Masters in Nutrition (MSc) University College Cork: Effect of magnesium supplementation on bone health and blood pressure in healthy young adult females. 2004: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University College Cork: Whole diets and bioactive nutrients effects on bone health and blood pressure. Membership: Member of the Nutrition Society

  • Dr Suzanne Denieffe

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    Suzanne is Head of Department of Nursing and Health Care since 2014. Prior to that, she was Programme leader for the BSc in Nursing (Psychiatric) and MSc in Nursing. She is a registered psychiatric nurse, general nurse and nurse tutor. She hold a BSc (Hons) in Nursing and an MSc in Nursing (Education and Research) from University College Dublin and a PhD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has worked at WIT since 2002 and served on Academic Council from 2004 - 2007. She is a member of the Post-Registration Screening Group at WITsince 2008.

  • Dr Marina Green

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    Marina Green is an Internal Medicine consultant from Mexico. She is a postgraduate research student with the Macular Pigment Research Group in Waterford Institute of Technology. She received her medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) Medical School, Mexico in 2011. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion Salvador Zubiran (INCMNSZ), Mexico in 2016. She is board certified in Internal Medicine by the Mexican Board of Internal Medicine since 2016. After completing her training in internal medicine, she was subsequently awarded a Fundacion para la Salud y la Educacion Salvador Zubiran, INCMNSZ grant to pursue a research career as clinical researcher in Nutrition. Currently she is working on a project entitled “Bioavailability of the macular carotenoids: the relationship between diet, serum concentrations, and macular pigment optical density”, a PhD Scholarship she successfully attained through competitive interview. Marina Green has done research in experimental surgery, clinical research and hospital health quality. During her medical training, she became an assistant professor for UNAM Medical School. She is interested on cellular metabolism, finding the way in which nutrients affect genetic changes, and developing public policies for a deeper change in human health through the cooperation between basic and clinical research and enhancing translational medicine.

  • Stephanie Byrne

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    Stephanie Byrne is a Registered General Nurse who completed a BSc (Hons) in General Nursing in Waterford Institute of Technology, graduating with First Class Honours (1:1). After her graduation from WIT, she had the opportunity to gain a diverse range of nursing skills at University Hospital Waterford, working in both the Oncology/Haematology Department and the Radiology Department. Currently, she is working on a PhD research study at the NRCI entitled “Memory Intervention with Nutrition for Dementia (re-MIND)”. This research aims to investigate the impact of supplementation with dietary nutrients on the natural progression of individuals with mild-moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.