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Walter McNicholas

Newman Clinical Research Professor
School of Medicine
University College Dublin, School of Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital Elm Park Dublin 4

BIO

Professor Walter McNicholas is Newman Clinical Research Professor at UCD and a Principal Clinical Investigator at the UCD Conway Institute. He is also Director of the Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Unit and Consultant Respiratory Physician at St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin. He is a medical graduate of UCD (1974) and following a Research Fellowship in Respiratory Sleep Disorders at the University of Toronto, he established a clinical and research laboratory at St. Vincent's Hospital in 1984. The Unit provides a National Referral service for patients with sleep-disordered breathing and has developed an internationally renowned translational research programme investigating the mechanisms and consequences of obstructive sleep apnoea, particularly relating to the effects of intermittent hypoxia, and the cardiometabolic consequences of the disorder. The core members of the research group at St. Vincent's and the Conway Institute include Dr. Silke Ryan MD PhD, HRB Senior Fellow and Locum Consultant, and Ms. Geraldine Lawless MSc, Chief Respiratory Scientist. Prof. McNicholas is a past Associate Editor of the European Respiratory Journal, and has published over 200 papers in Pub-Med listed Journals (h-index: 40 in the Web of Science; 53 in Google Scholar), in addition to more than 30 book chapters, and has edited 3 textbooks on breathing disorders during sleep. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several International Respiratory and Sleep Journals.Prof. McNicholas has held many Leadership positions in National and International organisations, particularly as President of the European Respiratory Society (2003-2004) and is Vice President of the European Sleep Research Society (2012-2016) and President of the European Board of Accreditation in Pneumology (2010-2014). He Chaired a COST Action (B26) on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (2005-2010), and recently chaired a Working Group established by the European Commission on Driving Risk in Sleep Apnoea that resulted in a formal EU Directive regulating the ability of patients with sleep apnoea to hold a driving license, which became mandatory for all EU member states in January 2016.Professor Walter McNicholas is Newman Clinical Research Professor at UCD and a Principal Clinical Investigator at the UCD Conway Institute. He is also Director of the Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Unit and Consultant Respiratory Physician at St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin. He is a medical graduate of UCD (1974) and following a Research Fellowship in Respiratory Sleep Disorders at the University of Toronto, he established a clinical and research laboratory at St. Vincent's Hospital in 1984. The Unit provides a National Referral service for patients with sleep-disordered breathing and has developed an internationally renowned translational research programme investigating the mechanisms and consequences of obstructive sleep apnoea, particularly relating to the effects of intermittent hypoxia, and the cardiometabolic consequences of the disorder. The core members of the research group at St. Vincent's and the Conway Institute include Dr. Silke Ryan MD PhD, HRB Senior Fellow and Locum Consultant, and Ms. Geraldine Lawless MSc, Chief Respiratory Scientist. Prof. McNicholas is a past Associate Editor of the European Respiratory Journal, and has published over 200 papers in Pub-Med listed Journals (h-index: 40 in the Web of Science; 53 in Google Scholar), in addition to more than 30 book chapters, and has edited 3 textbooks on breathing disorders during sleep. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several International Respiratory and Sleep Journals.Prof. McNicholas has held many Leadership positions in National and International organisations, particularly as President of the European Respiratory Society (2003-2004) and is Vice President of the European Sleep Research Society (2012-2016) and President of the European Board of Accreditation in Pneumology (2010-2014). He Chaired a COST Action (B26) on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (2005-2010), and recently chaired a Working Group established by the European Commission on Driving Risk in Sleep Apnoea that resulted in a formal EU Directive regulating the ability of patients with sleep apnoea to hold a driving license, which became mandatory for all EU member states in January 2016.