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Professor Donal Brennan


Donal Brennan

School of Medicine
+353 1 7164567 (Work)
University College Dublin, School of Medicine


Donal Brennan is a Clinician Scientist who graduated from University College Dublin School of Medicine in 2003. He was awarded a PhD in cancer biology by University College Dublin in 2008. He undertook specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology working in the National Maternity Hospital, Cork University Maternity Hospital, The Coombe and The Rotunda Maternity hospitals. During his specialist training, he also retained a post-doctoral position at the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. His main research interests are in biomarker development, tumour inflammation and obesity related carcinogenesis. He has received several awards for his research and was awarded European Young Researcher of the Year in 2010. He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and has been named on 6 international patent applications. In 2012 he relocated to Brisbane to undertake subspecialist training in Gynaecological Oncology at the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer and also completed a fellowship in General and Colorectal surgery. He was also a visiting scientist at the QIMR-Berghofer Research Institute working closely with Prof Frank Gannon in the Control of Gene Expression group. He was appointed as UCD Professor of Gynaecological Oncology and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecological Oncologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent's University Hospital in May 2016. He is currently a PI in the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Laboratory, Systems Biology Ireland and UCD Diabetes Complications Centre


  • Professor of Gynaecological Oncology
    UCD School of Medicine, Ireland1 Sep 2016


  • Certificate
    Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists London
  • MB BCh BAO
    University College Dublin
  • Other
    Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • PhD
    University College Dublin