On 6 May 2021, we held our annual Traffic Medicine Research Seminar through Zoom Webinar with over 120 attendees from 13 regions including Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Russia and the Middle and Far East. The aim of this webinar was to provide an open forum for all those researching in areas related to Traffic Medicine. The growth of research in traffic medicine is evident from the wide range of disciplines represented including; medicine, psychology, occupational therapy, rehabilitation medicine, emergency medicine, biomechanical engineering and geomatics. The seminar was chaired by Professor Desmond O'Neill, the National Programme Director for Traffic Medicine.
The audience included undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, road safety stakeholders and others who have an interest in Traffic Medicine. The day ended with an interactive questions and answers session.
|Potential of the Life Space Assessment (LSA) to examine levels of out of home activity among Community Dwelling Older Adults in Ireland.||Dr Tadhg Stapleton
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Head of Discipline in School of Occupational Therapy (TCD)
|An international study of community mobility patterns of older adults||Dr Ann Dickerson
Professor of Occupational Therapy, East Carolina University
|Analysis of cyclist crashes in Dublin City using Dublin Fire Brigade Emergency Response data||Niamh O’ Reilly
Lecturer in Geomatics, School of Surveying and Construction Management, TU Dublin, City Campus
|Review of On-road Driving Assessment services in Ireland||Dr Margaret Ryan
Programme Manager, National Office for Traffic Medicine
|Epilepsy and Traffic Medicine: Are current driving restrictions for people with epilepsy discriminatory?||Jane Fagan
5th Year Medical Student, UCD School of Medicine
Joint 1st Place Winner, Mary Ward Essay Prize
|Adapt or perish: the driving experience in patients with rheumatoid arthritis||Conor Kearns
1st Year Medical Student, RCSI School of Medicine
Joint 1st Place Winner, Mary Ward Essay Prize
|Inclusion of medical fitness to drive in medical postgraduate training curricula|| Aisling O’Byrne and Laith Al Azawi
3rd Year Medical Students, TCD School of Medicine
|Characteristics of cyclist collisions in Ireland: Analysis of a self-reported survey||Kevin Gildea
PhD researcher, Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Biomedical engineering, TCD
|Documentation of medical fitness to drive discussions in patients with newly acquired traumatic brain injury||Dr Marie Boland
National Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Vincent’s University Hospital.
|An analysis of E-Scooter Related Trauma in Ireland||Dr Margaret Grace
Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown
|An early analysis of an ongoing project examining the impact of driving restrictions on patients with epilepsy||Dr Stephen Klaus
RCSI, TCD, Epilepsy Ireland, Beaumont Hospital
|Closing Remarks||Prof Desmond O’Neill
National Programme Director for Traffic Medicine (RSA/RCPI)
Every year, the National Office for Traffic Medicine runs the Mary Ward Essay Prize with the support of the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The aim of the prize is to raise awareness of Traffic Medicine among medical and allied health students. This year saw a record number of entries, with thirty received covering a vast array of topics including distraction, e-bikes and scooters and Covid-19. Due to the extremely high quality of entries this year, two joint prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. A full list of winners and their prize winning entries can be found here.
It was encouraging to see the high level of interest in this year’s competition and the exemplary standard of submissions received. In order to provide students with a platform to showcase their work, the National Office for Traffic Medicine organised two Symposia on 20 April and 22 April. All entrants were invited to participate and present their work for their peers, traffic medicine medical professionals and road safety stakeholders. In total, 19 entrants took part. Each participant gave a short presentation of their work and a lively Q&A session was held at each Symposium.
On 24 March 2021, we held our annual Traffic Medicine Clinical Update online. This year’s Clinical Update focused on the National Office for Traffic Medicine's international collaborations on medical fitness to drive issues. The event entitled International Perspectives on Traffic Medicine was chaired by our Director, Professor Desmond O' Neill and featured Medical Fitness to Drive Experts from Australia, Canada and France. Over 110 attendess joined the live session from 16 different countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America. The event ended with an interactive questions and answers session.
|Chair and opening remarks||Professor Desmond O' Neill
Director, National Office for Traffic Medicine
|Legal challenges to Medical Fitness to Drive standards||Dr Jamie Dow
Former Medical Advisor on Road Safety, Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec
|CIECA Working group on Medical Fitness to Drive||Dr Lars Englund
Chairperson of the CIECA Working group on Medical Fitness to Drive
|Motor vehicle collision risk among people with psychiatric disorders||Dr Mark Rapoport
Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Acting-head of Geriatric Psychiatry for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
|Collaboration on medical conditions and driving risk and how outcomes informed current review of the Australian Fitness to Drive guidelines||Dr Sjaan Koppel & Prof Judith Charlton
Monsh University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
|Drink driving and alcohol interlock programmes in France||Dr Charles Mercier-Guyon
Medical Doctor, Annecy, France
This Scientific Meeting took place on 24 January 2019 and focused on Stroke Rehabilitation and Driving and was led by Professor Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, a leading expert in this field.
Prof. Akinwuntan outlined his research and provided insights from his clinical experience with an emphasis on off-road driver assessment.
Professor Akinwuntan, is currently Dean and Professor at the University of Kansas School of Health Professions. Previously, he served as Dean for Research at the College of Allied Health Sciences and as a Professor of Physical Therapy, Ophthalmology and Neurology at Georgia Regents University in Augusta Georgia and as a senior lecturer at the University of East London. His research interests include using simulation and virtual technologies to improve daily living activities after neurological impairment and specialises in Driver Rehabilitation.
As promised, we have uploaded a webcast of Prof Akinwuntan and Prof Des O'Neill for those who could not make it in person on the day.
Dr Margaret Ryan, Programme Manager at the National Office for Traffic Medicine also presented her PhD findings about pre-learner driver education and the need for this to be made available for all second-level students. Prof Alf Nicholson delivered an informative talk focusing on the welcome decline of child mortality from road traffic crashes in Ireland.
We were pleased to be joined by so many medical practitioners, including CEO of Our Lady's Childrens Hospital, Crumlin – Prof Sean Walsh and many other health professionals.
Dr. Hartenbaum is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine and has a Master’s of Public Health in Occupational Medicine. She has been a certified Medical Review Officer since 1996. Dr. Hartenbaum has extensive experience in the clinical, corporate, and academic settings and is an internationally recognised expert in occupational fitness for duty with a special focus on transportation.
Dr. Hartenbaum is President and Chief Medical Officer of OccuMedix, Inc, an occupational medicine consulting firm located in Dresher, PA. She is also Medical Director Sunoco, Inc, Medical Advisor Occupational Health/Chief Medical Review Officer of FirstLab and Medical Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
The scientific meeting was opened by Dr Lynda Sisson, RCPI Dean of Occupational Medicine and chaired by Dr Declan Bedford, Chair of our Working Group on Traffic Medicine. The meeting featured Dr Declan Whelan, Chief Medical Officer at the CIÉ Group, who delivered a presentation on syncope and group 2, or commercial driving. Additionally, Dr Ed Loftus, Occupational Physician at the CIÉ Group hosted a case-based discussion on 'Challenging clinical cases and fitness to drive.'
Dr Hartenbaum's presentation (available below) outlined the processes of assessing medical fitness to drive for commercial drivers in the US and was followed by a panel discussion in which medical fitness to drive standards in Ireland and the US were compared and contrasted.