Ronan is a Neuro Physiotherapist with twelve years’ experience working in the subspecialty of spinal cord injury rehabilitation. He qualified from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc in Physiotherapy in 2006 and is a member of the Irish Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. He previously worked in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin in the Spinal Cord System of Care - Ireland's only dedicated spinal cord injury rehabilitation programme. Now, through his role as Lead Clinician on DCU's Exoskeleton Access Programme, Ronan is applying robotics and other technology driven interventions, to support paralysed people to maximise their potential for recovery.
Fiona is a PhD research student in DCU. Her research is investigating the effects of community based exercise rehabilitation for individuals with chronic illness. As part of her research Fiona teaches adapted exercise classes to those primarily with cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes. Fiona’s research is a partnership between the School of Health and Human Performance and the DCU sports complex and works part time as a fitness instructor in DCU sport. Fiona’s undergraduate degree is a BSc in Sports Science and Health, from DCU. She is a qualified BACPR Cardiac Rehabilitation instructor and her fitness instruction qualification is from Litton Lane Training. Fiona is currently working with the DCU Eksoskeleton Access Programme as an assistant clinician to support the provision of this service.