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Dr Donal O'Gorman

Health & Human Performance

Name: Dr Donal O'Gorman
Department: Health & Human Performance
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: Ext. 8060
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Room: XG08

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Dr. Donal O’Gorman is Interim Director of the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB), a leading research institute located on the DCU campus in Dublin. The NICB is a major focus for cell and molecular biology research in Ireland, in particular as it interacts with clinical translational research in the cancer, diabetes and ocular disease areas, and with the Biopharma and other bioscience-related industry.

Dr. O'Gorman also leads the 3U Diabetes Partnership, an initiative integrating the research expertise of DCU, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Maynooth University. In addition, he is Deputy Director of the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology at DCU. Dr. O’Gorman’s research focuses on metabolic physiology, in particular the regulation of insulin sensitivity and energy expenditure as well as the cellular regulation of gene expression and mitochondrial function.

Dr. O’Gorman has a strong track record of working on large scale, collaborative, European research projects. DEXLIFE is an EU FP7 collaborative project to identify biomarkers that better predict the onset of type 2 diabetes and INTERCONNECT is a global initiative on diabetes gene-environment. In addition, he is on the management committee of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Diet and Diet related diseases (DEDIPAC), heads a European Space Agency group on metabolism and is a member of the ESF funded roadmap for space research in Europe (THESEUS).

In 2010 he was a co-recipient of the XII National award for research on Sports Medicine in Spain. He was a member of the National Task Force on Obesity in Ireland, a former president of the Exercise and Sport Science Association of Ireland and is currently on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism

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