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Meet The Team

Jennifer Ryan

Dr Jennifer Ryan 

Lead Applicant Researcher 

Jennifer is a Research Lecturer at RCSI. She conducts research about the consequences of ageing with cerebral palsy and how to improve the long-term health of people with cerebral palsy.

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Mr Micheal Walsh 

Lead Applicant Knowledge User 

Mike is currently seconded from the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) in Dublin to manage the HSE’s new National Clinical Programme for Disability in Ireland. The national programme aims to design person and family-centred disability services aligned to the UN Convention on Rights for Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), in line with national policy and International best practice. 

Jenny Fortune

Dr Jenny Fortune


Jenny will be leading the day-to-day management of the Ignition study including the recruitment and carrying out the interviews. If you have any questions please contact Jenny by phone 0877196661 or email

Project Management Group

The project management group is composed of expert clinicians and researchers from relevant scientific fields. It will meet regularly throughout the project and have responsibility for ensuring all deliverables are achieved. 

Professor Thilo Kroll

Prof of Health Systems Management

Dr Aisling Walsh

Lecturer in Qualitative Methods

Dr Claire Kerr

Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation 

Dr Grace Lavelle

Research Fellow

Dr Meriel Norris

Reader Physiotherapy

Dr Owen Hensey

Medical Director CRC

Ms Mary Owens

Senior Physiotherapist CRC

Dr Michael Byrne

National Disability Specialist

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