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University College Dublin


UCD - a leading Global University

University College Dublin (UCD), founded in 1854, is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities, with a mission to advance knowledge, scholarship, and learning, through a culture of discovery, creativity, and global engagement. It is Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 33,000 students, 1800 academic staff, 2000+ support staff from over 130 countries, with a strong commitment to diversification of its student cohort. UCD is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide (QS Rankings; 173rd worldwide and 73rd in Europe). In UCD, research informed teaching fosters learning excellence and there is a strong ethos of faculty professional development and scholarship in teaching and learning, driving accessible, innovative educational practice. As Ireland's Global University, UCD rises to the challenges of the future by pursuing four strategic themes: Creating a Sustainable Global Society; Transforming through Digital Technology; Building a Healthy World and Empowering Humanity.

Physiotherapy and Multidisciplinary Healthcare Professional Education at UCD

UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science (SPHPSS) offers both undergraduate and graduate physiotherapy programmes with more than 400 students registered annually. UCD is the largest provider of Physiotherapy education in Ireland and is at the cutting edge of international physiotherapy research. Physiotherapy research themes, complementary to the PROMINENCE project include: physical rehabilitation, sport and exercise, health promotion and the prevention and management of chronic disease. Other project relevant healthcare professional disciplines at UCD include Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine and Diagnostic imaging.

Obesity Related Research at UCD

UCD is a European leader in obesity research. UCD's Diabetes Complications Research Centre focuses on the macro and microvascular complications of diabetes and obesity with a multidisciplinary research group. Current UCD projects include: SOPHIA Stratification of Obese Phenotypes to optimise future obesity therapy EU project; Obesity Stigma Education for All (OSE4ALL): Co-design of an inter-professional e-Learning resource to support destigmatisation of obesity among healthcare professionals; Exercise for Obesity in Females for Increasing Fitness: the EXOFFIT study; Erasmus funded project towards development of a European Masters programme in obesity management.

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