Conor Kerley, a dietitian and nutrition researcher from Dundalk who completed a PHD on dietary treatments for multiple chronic diseases was one of a number to be conferred at the UCD (University College, Dublin) School of Medicine’s 2016 June Conferring event in Dublin.
His PhD, on the topic of diet and chronic disease was entitled ‘Novel roles of specific nutritional interventions in diverse cardio-respiratory disorders’, Conor’s research was focused on human subjects with chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, COPD, asthma, sleep apnoea, cystic fibrosis and heart disease and has contributed to our understanding of a range of diseases. Conor has presented his findings at multiple national and international nutrition and medical conferences and been awarded several prizes. His research has been published in international peer-reviewed medical journals and has attracted over €110,000 in research funding to date.
Currently Conor works with the MedEx program at the School of Health and Human Performance, DCU. Conor also works with the HeartBeat Trust – a multidisciplinary heart failure treatment and prevention foundation at Dun Laoghaire. In addition, Conor runs a private clinic in Beacon Clinic in Sandyford, Dublin. His areas of expertise include heart and lung diseases, auto-immune diseases, vitamin D nutrition as well as plant based diets.
In addition to his clinical research, Conor volunteers his time and expertise to the O’Hanlon Park Boxing Club and is an active member of several professionals societies, including acting as research representative on the Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute Public Relations Panel and a member of both the Nutrition Society and The National Blood Pressure Council.