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Dr. Nicholas Mahony

Asst Prof & MSc Sports Medicine Co-ordin (Anatomy)
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES INSTITUTE


I was educated at Batley Grammar School in Yorkshire and Portora Royal School Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh and then studied medicine in TCD in the 1980's. Following pre-registration house officer posts at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro and Royal Naval Hospital Plymouth, I served as a medical officer and completed my higher training in general practice in the Royal Navy. On leaving the Navy I mainly worked in Emergency Medicine until moving back to Ireland to undertake an MSc in Sports Medicine under the tutelage of Professor Moira O'Brien in TCD in 1995. I held posts as demonstrator and temporary lecturer in Anatomy from 1996-1997, and in 1998 I was appointed Lecturer in Anatomy and also took over as course coordinator of the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine programme and as Medical Officer to the Anatomy department's Human Performance Laboratory. My interest in sports and exercise stems from a former life as an Irish and British championship winning club rower in both sculls and sweep rowing and as a former Irish lightweight international. I coached TCD's college rowing team from 1996-1999 and again from 2003-2008 and was Irish International Rowing Team Doctor from 1998-2003, and Doctor to Ireland's International Kayaking team from 2003-2008. I remain an active and keen skier, windsurfer, flat-water marathon kayaker,swimmer, cyclist and runner. Clinically in academic sports medicine since 1998, I have provided a pre-participation medical screening and exercise testing and training prescription service for athletes from junior to elite international levels from a variety of endurance sports in the Human Performance Laboratory. I was an instructor and course director on AHA/IHF Advanced Cardiac Life Support courses for over 6 years and acted as a Medical Service Provider to the Irish Sports Council Elite Athletes Carding Scheme since 2001. In service to the Discipline of Anatomy I was Secretary and Chair of the Anatomical Committee of the Irish Medical Schools (ACIMS) from 2014-2016 and presently I am the secretary of the Dublin Anatomical Committee. I have played a key role in the development of Sports and Exercise Medicine in Ireland, in 2003 I was a founding fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (RCSI&RCPI), I have been a board member since 2011 and Chair of its Annual Scientific Conference Committee since 2012. In 2016 I was appointed Vice Dean of the FSEM and recently in conjunction with faculty colleagues I developed a Post CCST Higher Specialist Training programme in Sports and Exercise Medicine which was recently approved by the Medical Council and Minister for Health and is due to be rolled out in late 2017. Since 1998 I have supported research in TCD as a supervisor and as medical service provider to over 35 research projects in the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine programme and when required provided medical cover and pre-participation screening for numerous other exercise related BSc, MSc and PhD projects in Physiology run in collaboration with the Human Performance Laboratory. I completed my own PhD in Bioengineering under the supervision of Prof David Taylor in 2013 and then as Head of Anatomy I have refocused the Discipline's primary research strategy towards tissue and animal models of spinal axonal regeneration in our new neuroscience research laboratory; and, in addition with colleagues in Physiology, TCIN and Bioengineering I am now embarking on a major collaborative project with UCLA involving neuro-electrical stimulation and robotic walking in the rehabilitation of spinal cord injury patients. Initially a single patient pilot study this major 'follow on' project currently undergoing HPRA approval, will have expanded patient numbers and external matched funding from Industry, Mark Pollock Trust and Irish Funding bodies and is due to commence in the CRF St James's hospital in late 2017.
  Anatomy   Bioengineering and radiologic imaging   Biomechanics   Exercise physiology   Sports and Exercise Medicine   SPORTS INJURIES
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Vice Dean Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (RCSI & RCPI) 2016
Secretary Dublin Anatomical Committee 2016
Chair Anatomical Committee Irish Medical Schools 2015
Secretary Anatomical Committee of Irish Medical Schools 2014
Chairman, Organising Committee, Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine in Ireland, 2012 to date 2012
Board member Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine in Ireland 2011
Medical officer Human Performance Laboratory TCD 1998
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Anatomical Society UK and IRL 2015
European College of Sports Science 1998
Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine 2003
Member of the Irish College of General Practitioners 1999 2002
Kearney, R., Mahony, N., Donne, B. & Fleming, N. 1, The profile of heart rate training zones in non-­‐elite rowers across a winter training phase, Proceedings of 22nd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science ., 22nd Annual Congress European College of Sports Science, Metropolis Ruhr Germany , 5th-8th July, edited by Seidensticker EG, Jaitner T & Platen P. , ECSS, 2017, Conference Paper, PRESENTED  TARA - Full Text
Fleming N., Donne B. & Mahony N, Cardiorespiratory effects of combining transcutaneous spinal stimulation and robot assisted walking: a case study. , 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Vienna, Austria, 6-9 July, edited by Baca, A., Diketmüller, R., Tschan, H., Hofman, M., Kornfeind, P., Tsolakidis, E. , 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED  TARA - Full Text  URL
S. Davy, G. W. O'Keeffe, N. Mahony, N. Phelan, D. S. Barry, A practical description and student perspective of the integration of radiology into lower limb musculoskeletal anatomy, Irish Journal of Medical Science, July 2016, 2016, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Loose Horse Productions / RTE, 'A parting gift', Dublin, Ireland, RTE Television, 2014, -, Notes: [Shortlisted for best European Documentary in the Prix Europa Broadcasting Festival and IFTA awards documentary category], Film production, PRODUCED  URL
Neil Fleming, Bernard Donne, Nicholas Mahony, A Comparison of electromyography and stroke kinematics during ergometer and on-water rowing, Journal of Sports Sciences, 32, (12), 2014, p1127 - 1138, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
D. Farnan, N. Mahony, F. Wilson and C. Gissane, A 3-month prospective study of injuries in amateur rugby and soccer, Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 34, 2013, p103 - 112, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Holland J, Kennedy O, Brennan O, Mahony N, Rackard S, O'Brien F, Taylor D & Lee C, Examination of osteoarthritis and subchondral bone alterations within the stifle joint of an ovariectomised ovine model., Journal of Anatomy, in press, 2013, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Dr Nick Mahony, Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry derived bone quantity in an ovine model of osteoporosis., TCD, 2013, Thesis, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text
Mahony N, Bailey D, An audit of routine preliminary medical evaluation in athletes attending for laboratory based maximal exercise testing , 17th annual ECSS Congress, , Bruges, BELGIUM, July 4-7 , edited by Meeusen R., Duchatteau J., Roelands B., De Geus B., Baudry S., Tsolakidis E. , ECSS, 2012, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Colin J. Coyle, Bernard Donne, and Nick J. Mahony, "Effects of Carbohydrate-Protein Ingestion Post-Resistance Training in Male Rugby Players, International Journal of Exercise Science, 5, (1), 2012, p39 - 49, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
  

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Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Post-graduate Spring Study Day, 24th April, 2017, Health Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Delahuint E, McCarthy-Person U, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
Coakley S, Donne B, & Mahony N, Pilates; a potential prehabilitation tool in games players, Annual Sientific Conference of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI, Dublin, 15th-17th September, edited by Mahony N, Clarke S, French H, O'Connor S , 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Kearney R, Mahony N, Claffey M, Fleming N and Donne B, Profiles of aerobic training heart rate zones in senior male rowers, Annual Scientific Conference of Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI Dublin, 15th-17th September, edited by Mahony N, Clarke S, French H and O'Connor S , 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Claffey M, Mahony N, Kearney R and Donne B, Change in submaximal physiological markers in senior male rowers through winter preparation phase training, Annual Scientific Conference of Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI, Dublin, 15th-17th September, edited by Mahony N, Clarke S, French H and O'Connor S , 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, 13th Annual Scientific Conference Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, 15th-17th September, In:The female athlete, 2016, RCSI Dublin, Mahony N, Clarke S, French H and O'Connor S, Notes: [Chairman Organising Committee and Editor of Book of Abstracts: Dr Nick Mahony], Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Post graduate Spring Study Day, 20th April, 2016, School of Nursing, Dublin City University, Whyte E, McCaffrey N & Mahony N, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
Horgan A, Mahony N, Hamilton R, Fleming N and Donne B, The effects of supervised weight training on strength and power in senior male rowers, Annual Scientific Meting of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI Dublin, 15th-17th September , edited by Mahony N, Clarke S, French H and O'Connor S , 2016, Poster, PRESENTED
Soden L, Donne B and Mahony N, Impact of cycling cadence on physiological responses and cycling capacity in male amateur road racing cyclists, Annual Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI, Dublin, 15th-16th September, edited by Mahony N, Clarke S, French H and O'Connor S , 2016, Poster, PRESENTED
Fallon A, Mahony N, Skaesspeare I, Change in performance markers in senior male rowers through winter preparation phase training, 13th Annual Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI, Dublin, 15th-17th September , edited by Whyte E, O'Connor S, Mahony N , 2016, Poster, PRESENTED
Horgan A, The effects of supervised weight training on strength and power in senior male rowers, TCD, 2016, Notes: [MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine research dissertation. Supervisor: Dr N Mahony], Thesis, ACCEPTED

  

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My initial research interest was allied to my medical service provider role in the Human performance Laboratory where I was initially involved with research in rowing and kayaking ergometry, fatigue and over-training fatigue states in athletes, and laboratory and field based testing of athletes with exercise induced asthma. In support of PhD programmes in the Discipline of Physiology I have supported research in sports recovery drinks in rugby players, cold water immersion, and popular carbonated stimulant drinks incorporating Caffeine. Although mainly involved in MSc research project supervision I will shortly be co-supervising two PhD projects, one on functional threshold power in cyclists and one on exercise based rehabilitation programmes for adolescent children with scoliosis. I am also currently in the planning stages with a colleague from the IRFU on a possible PhD research project on successful load management in International rugby players. My own personal exercise medicine research has recently focused on medical exclusions and restrictions from laboratory based exercise testing in the Human Performance Laboratory and on physiological performance profiling of non-elite club and recreational athletes during winter preparatory training phase. In Anatomy I have also had a long interest in MSK anatomy and physiology, and in conjunction with colleagues from the RCSI and TCBE and supervised by Professor David Taylor of the Department of Engineering I completed my PhD studies examining the determinants of bone strength in 2013. This research evaluated the relationship of DXA derived bone quantity to indices of bone strength in an ovine large animal model of osteoporosis, and involved significant validation studies, examination of biological variability in the animal model and then the relationship of trabecular and cortical bone mineral density to various strength tests. My current Anatomy research interest is in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation I am currently a PI in a major collaborative study (TCIN, CRF SJH, UCLA & Pavlov Institute) examining the use of exoskeleton robotic walking and trans-cutaneous electrical stimulation in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. This research represents a paradigm shift in spinal cord injury rehabilitation in its exploration of neuroplasticity of spinal cord interneurons. The project was initially developed as a single patient pilot study following a request by SCI advocate Mr Mark Pollock to continue a novel rehabilitation programme initiated in UCLA. The project, following HPRA approval, is now to be expanded to a 12 patient project examining the effects of robotic walking and transcutaneous neural stimulation in the Clinical Research Facility at St James Hospital. The project has already secured capital equipment grant funding from EKSO bionics worth approximately 150,000 euros (robotic walking system) and is shortly to announce further grant funding from a US Biotechnology company Neurorecovery technologies (NRT) the manufacturer of the neurostimulator to provide a 2-year contract for a salaried Post Doctoral Research Fellow. As Head of Discipline of Anatomy I have also realigned Dr Denis Barry's tissue based studies in Anatomy's neuroscience laboratory toward axonal bridging and regeneration following injury. Since 2012 as Chair of the FSEM's Annual Scientific Conference I instigated collaboration with partner organisations involved in Sports Medicine (ISCP, ARTI & ESSAI), designated 4 key themes(exercise medicine, injury treatment and rehabilitation, exercise science, and trauma orthopaedics/radiology), and guaranteed oral presentations to encourage junior researchers. The conference attracts between 250+ delegates and 100+ abstract submissions per year from athletic rehab therapists, chartered physiotherapists, medical doctors and sports and exercise scientists from Ireland, the UK and increasingly Europe.