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Dr. Joseph Harbison

Associate Professor (Medical Gerontology)

Associate Professor (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))

I am a Consultant Physician working in St James's Hospital Dublin, the largest hospital in the country. I helped establish the Stroke Service in this hospital and still work half time as a clinician there caring for patients and training Junior Doctors. I still participate in on-call medicine and am a Member of the National Clinical Advisory Group for Stroke. In addition I am a teacher and researcher in Trinity College Dublin
  Age related diseases   Ageing, stroke, dementia   Aging/Gerontology   Anatomy   Anticonvulsants   Brain   Clinical sleep research   Elderly Health   Gerontology   Medical/Diagnostic Imaging   Nervous System   Neurobiology   Neurochemistry and neuropharmacology   Neuroimaging   Neurology   Neuroscience   Pharmacology   Pharmacotherapy   Radiology, tomography and medical imaging   Sleep Disorders   Stroke   Stroke rehabilitation   Telemedicine

Details Date
Director of Irish Heart Foundation 2019
Lead National Clinical Programme for Stroke 2011
Lead National Audit of Stroke Care 2019
UK Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme, External Reviewer 2018
CROI National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health, Advisory Board Member 2017
Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Medication Safety 2011
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English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Medium
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Fellowship of the European Stroke Organisation 2009
American Heart Association 2009 2017
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2014 date
British Association of Stroke Physicians 2003 date
British Geriatrics Society 1997 date
World Stroke Organisation 2013
Coveney SA, Murphy S, Belton O, Cassidy T, Crowe M, Dolan E, de Gaetano M, Harbison J, Horgan G, Marnane M, McCabe JJ, Merwick A, Noone I, Williams D, Kelly PJ., EXPRESS: Inflammatory cytokines, high sensitivity CRP, and risk of 1-year vascular events, death and poor functional outcome after stroke and TIA., International journal of stroke : official journal of the International Stroke Society, 2021, p1747493021995595 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Coleman, S, Cunningham C, Murphy N, Feaheny N, Robinson D, Lannon R, McCarroll K, Casey M, Harbison J, Horgan NF, Progressive resistance training in a post-acute, older, inpatient setting: A randomised controlled feasibility study, Journal of Frailty, Sarcopenia and Falls, 6, (1), 2021, p14 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Cormac Kennedy, Ahmed Gabr, Joan McCormack, Rónán Collins, Michael Barry & Joe Harbison, The association between increasing oral anticoagulant prescribing and atrial fibrillation related stroke in Ireland , British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Bruen C, Merriman NA, Murphy PJ, McCormack J, Sexton E, Harbison J, Williams D, Kelly PJ, Horgan F, Collins R, Ní Bhreacáin M, Byrne E, Thornton J, dummy-AUTHOR_name, Hickey A, Development of a national stroke audit in Ireland: scoping review protocol, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kelly PJ, Camps-Renom P, Giannotti N, Martí-Fàbregas J, McNulty JP, Baron JC, Barry M, Coutts SB, Cronin S, Delgado-Mederos R, Dolan E, Fernández-León A, Foley S, Harbison J, Horgan G, Kavanagh E, Marnane M, McCabe J, McDonnell C, Sharma VK, Williams DJ, O'Connell M, Murphy S., A Risk Score Including Carotid Plaque Inflammation and Stenosis Severity Improves Identification of Recurrent Stroke., Stroke, 2020, pSTROKEAHA119027268 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Griffin E, Murphy S, Sheehan M, Power S, Brennan P, O'Hare A, Looby S, McWilliams S, Moynihan B, Williams D, Boyle K, O'Neill D, Collins R, Dolan E, Cassidy T, Harbison J, O'Connor M, Alderson J, Thornton J., Early repatriation post-thrombectomy: a model of care which maximises the capacity of a stroke network to treat patients with large vessel ischaemic stroke., Journal of neurointerventional surgery, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mohd Ikhwan Marion, Cathy Cunningham, Joseph Harbison, Aileen Patterson, An insight of Malaysian students attending European University toward participation in Malay Language Class, MedEdPublish, 2020, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Laura Ryan, Kate Sheehan, Mohd Ikhwan Marion, Joseph Harbison, Online Resources Used by Medical Students, a Literature Review, MedEdPublish, 2020, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Ruth McDonagh MB, MRCPI, Niall Sheehy FRCPI, FRCR, Joseph Harbison MD, FRCPI FESO , Variation in Urgent Imaging Requests for Stroke during the Covid-19 pandemic. Review of a National Dataset, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 2020, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Murphy SJX, Lim ST, Hickey F, Kinsella JA, Smith DR, Tierney S, Egan B, Feeley TM, Murphy SM, Collins DR, Coughlan T, O'Neill D, Harbison JA, Madhavan P, O'Neill SM, Colgan MP, O'Donnell JS, O'Sullivan JM, Hamilton G, McCabe DJH, von Willebrand Factor Antigen, von Willebrand Factor Propeptide, and ADAMTS13 in Carotid Stenosis and Their Relationship with Cerebral Microemboli, Thromb Haemost, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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Harbison J, Indications and yield of Transthoracic and Transeosophageal Echocardiography., European Stroke Organisation Conference, Barcelona, 9th May, 2016, European Stroke Organisation, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Harbison J, Ward S, McAteer P., The mystery of the mummy from Marsh's library., Archaeology Ireland, 28, (Summer), 2014, p16 - 19, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Harbison J, Sir Patrick Dun's table-an accidental war memorial, History Ireland, 22, (6), 2014, p6-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Joe Harbison, Sleep Disturbances Following Stroke, European Stroke Congress, Barcelona, 27th May, 2010, European Stroke Organisation, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Joseph Harbison, Stroke Mimics, British Association o Stroke Physicians, BGS Cardiovascular Section Joint Conference, Birmingham, July 2009, 2009, British Association o Stroke Physicians, BGS Cardiovascular Section, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


Award Date
William Stokes Award, St James's Hospital 2015
NHS R&D Fellowship 1999
President TCD Biological Society 2016-2017
I have diverse interests both within and beyond medicine. I am interested in management of acute stroke and in associated Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances, especially Atrial Fibrillation. We are currently starting a large national study of Anticoagulation Delivery in Primary care and another prospective study of unsuccessful Anticoagulation in Stroke patients in coordination with The Irish National Audit of Stroke, of which I am Clinical Lead. I am also a member of the large, international AF Screen Collaboration and a collaborator with Irish Stroke Clinical Trails Network In Acute stroke we are beginning a study examining the feasibility of using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) as a means of identifying large vessel occlusion non-invasively in Stroke Patients. My service is participating in a number of international trials including CONVINCE of Colchicine following stroke, ELAN on timing of Anticoagulation Therapy Following Stroke and AVERT DOSE on rehabilitation modalities following stroke. We are partnering in additional rehabilitation research into use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to predict upper limb function in hemiplegic stroke survivors. I also participate in research in The Irish Longitudinal study of Ageing particularly in the area of neuroimaging and cerebrovascular disease. I have longstanding research interests on white matter disease and fatigue following stroke and on Stroke Service Organisation. I have also previously been involved in health economic research on areas associated with stroke treatment and anticoagulation. We've recently completed work on how the Covid pandemic impacted delivery of acute stroke services in Ireland with a report published by the National Office of Clinical Audit and a complementary research paper revised and resubmitted for publication. In the area of Medial education I am supervising a Doctoral candidate researching how rapidly changing evidence bases in Medicine should be incorporated into undergraduate curricula. We've also performed research into how Students interact with online learning resources in Medicine. Outside of Medicine I have research interests in Medical History and have published papers on aspects of history related to the School of Medicine in Trinity. I am currently working on a paper on the first Hospital in Dublin, St John the Baptist without the Newgate that shows evidence that it was built on the site of a previous ecclesiastical foundation. In other areas of education I have collaborated in research on mathematical knowledge in undergraduate teachers.