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College Photo Name Leech, Michelle
Main Department Radiation Therapy
College Title Assoc Professor & Head of Department
College Tel +353 1 896 3252
Fax +353-(0)1-8963246
Michelle Leech joined the Discipline of Radiation Therapy as a lecturer in January 2007. Prior to this, she worked both as a dosimetrist and a radiation therapist in St. Luke's Hospital, Dublin.
Details Date
RTT representative on the Education and Training Committee of ESTRO Current
National RT Education representative for Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy 2008-2013
Chair of the RTT Committee of ESTRO From April 2014
Expert advisor to CORU on the Framework Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Radiographers and Radiation Therapists April 2012
Representative of IIRRT on the Health Service Executive's Health and Social Care Professions Advisory Group 2011-2013
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Course Director: ESTRO Teaching course on basic treatment planning March 2010 Present
Member of teaching faculty on ESTRO teaching course on Best practice in radiation oncology: A course to train RTT trainers. August 2009 Present
ESTRO member 2007 Present
IIRRT member October 1996 Present
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Certificate of Commendation Provost's Teaching Awards 2012
St. Luke's Prize 2000
Certificate of Commendation Provost's Teaching Awards 2013
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
German Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Medium Medium
Research Interests
Research Projects
Project title Oncovideos: Developing Vocational skills in Oncology through e-learning
Summary The development of educational videos for RTs. This video is in relation to patient positioning and immobilisation in the head and neck region.
Funding Agency EU
Programme Leonardo da Vinci
Type of Project E-Learning
Date from 2010
Date to 2012
Person Months 16

Project title Impact of dose to pharyngeal constrictor muscles and salivary glands on late effects in head and neck radiotherapy
Summary This project investigates the impact of various dosimetric endpoints of the pharyngeal constrictor muscles on dysphagia in head and neck patients. Evaluation of dose to the parotid and submandibular glands is also analysed to ascertain effect on xerostomia.
Funding Agency IIRRT
Programme Research Grants
Type of Project Retrospective dosimetric study
Date from 2009
Date to 2011
Person Months 24

Project title 'Evaluation of Factors influencing the Set-up error in Head and Neck Radiotherapy: A Prospective Analysis'.
Summary Failure to deliver the prescribed dose to the tumour volume and its microscopic extension in head and neck cancer results in lower cure rates in radiotherapy. Therefore, it is essential to quantify and possibly reduce patient set-up errors during treatment. It is imperative that individual institutions quantify their own set-up errors in head and neck radiotherapy and implement appropriate correction protocols. Smaller set-up errors can be followed by a reduction of the margin for set-up uncertainty, which leads to improved sparing of organs at risk. The application of small margins around the tumour is particularly important for head and neck radiotherapy because of the proximity of dose-limiting critical organs.
Funding Agency St. Luke's Institute of Cancer Research
Type of Project Prospective Analysis
Date from January 2005
Date to
Person Months 18

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Forde E, Booth J and Leech M, A volumetric approach to path-length measurements is essential when treating radiotherapy with modulated beams, Medical Dosimetry, In Press, 2014
Leech M, Coffey M, Mast M, Moura F, Osztavics A, Pasini D Vaanderring A, Development of guidelines for set-up and verification requirements in head and neck radiotherapy, 2nd ESTRO Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, 19th-23rd April 2013, 2013
Leech M and Broderick M, 'Construction of thermoplastic masks for head and neck radiotherapy', Dublin, Trinity College and St. Luke's Hospital, 2011, -
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Last Updated:02-OCT-2014