Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn


School of Physiotherapy staff collaborates with multiple research partners; multidisciplinary clinicians, as well as other departments in RCSI e.g. Division of Population Health Science, and other HEI's e.g. Dublin Institute of Technology Electronic & Communications Engineering Department, Kevin Street.

Falls Related EvEnts after StrokE - The FREESE Study (October 2013-2016)

The FREESE study will produce the first detailed falls data in an Irish stroke population; Researchers will gather information on falls among 140 recently discharged stroke patients of the Dublin Area Teaching Hospitals (DATHS) for the first 12 months after their stroke. They will look at the factors present at discharge that contribute to an increased falls risk, and will assess the impact and costs of falls.

This information will help health policy makers and health care workers to improve education about falls after stroke and to plan coordinated services to prevent falls after stroke. The research team is led by Dr. Frances Horgan and includes Mary Walsh (PhD student) [RCSI Physiotherapy], David Williams, Julie O'Connell, Joan McCormack [Beaumont], Morgan Crowe, Imelda Noone, Anna Donohue [SVUH], Ronan Collins, Nicola Cogan, Elaine Barker [Tallaght], Joseph Harbison, Suzanne Walsh, Niamh Murphy [James'], Sean Murphy, Susie Doyle, Tara Daly, and Elaine Reynolds [Mater]. This study is a collaboration between RCSI and Departments of Geriatric and Stroke Medicine of the DATHS hospitals; Beaumont, St Vincent's, Mater, St James' and Tallaght hospitals, funded by the Irish Research Council.


The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) s the first Irish longitudinal study of ageing and will include a representative cohort of at least 8,000 people, aged 50 and over and resident in Ireland, charting their health, social and economic circumstances over a 10-year period. The study is being carried out by Trinity College Dublin, led by PI Professor Rose-Anne Kenny in collaboration with an inter-disciplinary panel of scientific researchers, with expertise in various fields of ageing, from Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT), Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

Dr Frances Horgan is collaborating with the Gait and Balance subgroup of TILDA. The group is examining gait and balance changes with ageing, the role of executive function, novel assessment of gait and balance and fear of falling.

DIT Electronic & Communications Engineering Dept

Dr Frances Horgan and Louise Keating are currently collaborating with DIT Electronic & Communications Engineering Department on a footwear telemetry project funded by Science Foundation Ireland. The project ‘Footwear Telemetry Antennas for the Next Generation of Body-Centric Sensor Networks' is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principal Investigator Programme and is led by Dr Max Ammann, Dublin Institute of Technology.

The 5-year research project will address the challenges of human interaction with electromagnetic communications antennas in order to facilitate viable radio links from footwear to electronic data-analysis systems.


PACT is a partnership of academics and clinicians in therapy research. It was established in 2005 by academic staff of the Royal College of Surgeons School of Physiotherapy and physiotherapy staff at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and has subsequently led to collaboration on a significant number of projects. Since its inception, PACT has grown to include clinicians at Connolly hospital Blanchardstown.