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Personal Information
College Photo Name O'Dowd, Thomas
Main Department Public Health & Primary Care
College Title Professor of General Practice
College Tel +353 1 896 1087/2293
Following vocational training in general practice in Ireland, I joined the University of Wales College of Medicine (1980 – 86) as a lecturer and subsequently the University of Nottingham (1986 – 1993 as a senior lecturer and was a partner in local general practices. I was appointed to the Chair of General Practice in Trinity College in 1993. I have lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and been involved in curriculum change and design and postgraduate research supervision. I was Chairman of the Education Committee of the Medical Council that led to the current professionalisation of medical education in Ireland. I am a practising GP in West Tallaght with a GMS list and practice from a health centre that was built on foot of research by me and my colleagues.
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Elected to Council of Irish College of General Practitioners May 2010 May 2013
Council of the Medical Defence Union 1997
European General Practitioner Research Workshop 2007
Society of Academic Primary Care 1982
Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland 2000
Awards and Honours
Award Date
47th Robert Graves Lecturer 2007
ICGP Foundation Lecturer 1996
Description of Research Interests
My research has covered medical education and many aspects of patient welfare and healthcare delivery including inequalities, workforce planning and chronic diseases and I have published widely in Irish and international peer reviewed journals ( I am currently a member of the study team of the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland (Growing up in Ireland) which is studying the lives of 18,000 children. I led Trinity College’s successful application for the Health Research Board funded Centre on Primary Care Research with RCSI and Queen’s University Belfast I have served on a number of national and international editorial boards and committees. Contact details: Department of Public Health and Primary Care Trinity College Centre for Health Sciences Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland Telephone: +353 (0)1 8961087 Fax: +353 (0)1 4031211 Email:
Research Interests
Child centred research questions, study design, data analysis Clinical research, trials Epidemiology Health status and inequalities
Human genetics International children's research Irish childhoods, change and diversity Population based intervention trials
Primary care Public health Public, private mix network
Research Projects
Project title Growing Up in Ireland
Summary 2 longitudinal studies of 10,000 9 month and 8,500 9 year olds. See for further details
Funding Agency Office of Minister for Children
Type of Project Longitudinal studies
Date from 2006
Date to 2013
Person Months

Project title Vulnerable groups in Primary Care
Summary Primary care research centre with 3 workstreams - the one involving Trinity is in chronic disease.
Funding Agency Health Research Board
Type of Project Primary care research
Date from 2007
Date to 2016
Person Months

Project title Gene environment interactions in children
Funding Agency Health Research Board
Type of Project Project Grant
Date from Dec 2010
Date to Dec 2013
Person Months

Project title Obesity in childhood : primary care study
Funding Agency National Children's Research Centre Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, Dublin 12
Type of Project Primary care intervention
Date from 01/10/11
Date to 2013
Person Months 24

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
O'Shea B, Ladewig EL, Kelly A, Reulbach U, O'Dowd T, Weighing children : parents agree but GPs conflicted, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 0, (0), 2014, p1 - 3
Notes: [DOI 10.1136]
Kelly D, O'Dowd T, Reulbach U, Use of folic acid supplements and risk of cleft lip and palate in infants: a population-based cohort study, British Journal Of General Practice, 62, (600), 2012, p466 - 472
P. Finucane and T. O’Dowd, Working and training as an intern: a national survey of Irish interns, Medical Teacher, 27, (2), 2005, p107 - 113
S. Smith, J. Long, J. Deady, F. O’Keeffe, D. Handy and T. O’Dowd, Adapting developing country epidemiological assessment techniques to improve the quality of health needs assessments in developed countries, BMC Health Services Research, 5, 2005, p32
Notes: [PMID: 15862122 ]
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P. White, S.M. Smith, T. O’Dowd, The role of the family in adult chronic illness: A review of the literature on type 2 diabetes, Irish Journal of Psychology (Special Issue), 26, (1-2), 2005, p9 - 15
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