Orla O'Donoghue

Dr. O’Donoghue’s Ph.D. degree was awarded for research into “The early establishment of the CNS-PNS transitional zone of spinal and cranial motor nerves; an interspecies, and an electron and a light microscopic study” by University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Her research was carried out in Biological Sciences Institute in the Department of Neuroscience/Anatomy at UCC. During her Ph.D., she attended and presented her postgraduate work to numerous conferences including the National Neuroscience Network, the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience. This was followed by two years working as an Anatomist/Medial Liaison Officer for a medical imaging company in Dublin, Ireland. There, she worked with 3D computer artists to create medically and anatomically correct models and animations of the human body (all body systems, normal to pathological, gross to molecular). The year prior to arriving at Ross University, she taught as an Assistant Lecturer at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland where she lectured in a range of subjects including Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Enquiry and Research. During this time, she was also an invited speaker at a number of symposia at the Waterford Regional Hospital, in Ireland. The latter included the “Management of the Adult Patient Requiring Non-Invasive Ventilation in the Acute Care Services” and the “Continence Promotion Programme for Link Nurses and the Community Nursing Services”. She enjoys the outdoors and hopes to take up many more water sport activities in Dominica.

Courses

Neuroscience, Problem based learning.

Selected Publications

Fraher, J.P., Dockery, P., O’ Donoghue, O., Riedewald, B., O’ Leary, D., (2007). Initial motor axon outgrowth from the developing nervous system. Journal of Anatomy, 211, 600-11.

O'Donoghue, O., Dockery, P., Fraher, J.P. (2005). The distribution of cell clusters related to developing chick spinal and cranial nerve roots. Journal of Anatomy, 208, 408-9.

Fraher, J.P., O' Donoghue, O., Dockery, P., Mc Dermott, K. (2004). Cell clusters at the presumptive sensory cranial and spinal root loci of the rat. Anatomical Science International, 79, 457-458.