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Prof Niall Moyna awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

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The highest honour that the Faculty of Public Health Medicine can bestow

We are delighted to announce that Professor Niall Moyna is now an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

He received the award at the Faculty's Summer Scientific Meeting on 29 May 2019 in recognition of his wonderful contribution to preventative medicine, in particular physical activity and health literacy.

Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine is a very prestigious award. It is the highest honour that the Faculty can bestow, recognising distinguished individuals' outstanding achievements in public health and preventative medicine.

Dr Emer O'Connell, Prof Niall Moyna, Hon Fellow, Prof Mary Horgan, President RCPI, Dr Emer Shelley, Dean Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI, Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, Registrar

Professor Moyna is a true Public Health practitioner with his emphasis on prevention. He has stated publicly “The hardest thing to do is to change a behaviour. And we spend so much of our healthcare euros changing a behaviour, would it not be easier to create a behaviour in the first place?” It is therefore very fitting that we present Professor Niall Moyna with the award of Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Dr Emer O’Connell

Chair Scientific Meetings Committee, Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Prof Moyna receiving his Honorary FFPHM from Prof Emer Shelley, Dean of the Faculty

About Professor Niall Moyna

Professor Moyna is Head of the School of Health and Human Performance in Dublin City University. His research is focused on exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and the role of gene polymorphisms in helping to explain inter-individual variability in biological responses to exercise.

He established the first research laboratory in Ireland to assess vasomotor function in response to exercise. His current research studies are examining the role of exercise in a number of chronic diseases. In 2012, he established the annual Schools Fitness Challenge to improve cardiorespiratory fitness levels among adolescents. During his time as Chair of the Nutrition and Health Foundation (NHF), Professor Moyna established the Workplace Fitness Challenge.

Professor Moyna's keen commitment and expertise in Gaelic football and athletics is well known. He was a strong advocate and provided much of the scientific evidence to enable the GAA to change their policy on underage structures and this led to the development of the Go Games. On the elite sporting side, he established the DCU Sports Academy and is an active advisor on several sport services groups. He was manager of the Irish U-17 International Rules team in 2006 and the Monaghan senior football team. He has managed the DCU senior football team to an enviable four Sigerson cups, three Ryan cups and two O'Byrne cups. He was also part of the management teams of the senior football teams of St Vincent’s GAA club and Dublin.

Professor Moyna is well known from his appearances on TV series such as Doctor in the House and Operation Transformation, where participants had health assessments done in DCU. He believes there is an urgent need for a stand-alone health science curriculum in schools to teach young people health literacy and the reasons why long-term fitness is so important to their future health and in preventing them from developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease in later life.

About the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

The Faculty of Public Health Medicine is the national professional and training body for Public Health Medicine in Ireland.

The Faculty works to:

  • protect the population from health threats such as communicable disease and environmental hazards
  • reduce health inequalities
  • support healthier lifestyles
  • protect and improve healthcare services for local populations.

It is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland and proud to meet the strict standards required to deliver postgraduate specialist training in Public Health Medicine.

Established in 1976, it is one of six postgraduate specialist training bodies based in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It has 230 Trainees, Members and Fellows.

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