Education, Outreach and Events

Our education and outreach programmes are designed to promote awareness of medical fitness to drive standards.

Scientific meetings

Scientific Meeting: Stroke Rehabilitation and Driving with Prof Abiodun Akinwuntan

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.

Prof Abiodun E Akinwuntan Presentation

Prof Desmond O'Neill Presentation

Prof Abiodun Akinwuntan

Scientific Meeting: Paediatrics and Traffic Medicine with Prof Flaura Winston

On 3 April 2019, our longtime friend and associate, Prof Flaura Winston from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia delivered the keynote address at our Scientific Meeting on paediatrics, adolescents and traffic medicine. Dr Ellen Crushell, Dean of RCPI Faculty of Paediatrics introduced Prof Winston, whose presentation included her extensive research on the safety of early airbags. 

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.

Prof Flaura Winston Presentation - Paediatrics, Adolescent Medicine and Traffic Medicine

Prof Flaura K Winston

Scientific Meeting: Traffic Medicine & Occupational Health with Dr Natalie Hartenbaum

On 4 June 2019, we hosted Dr Natalie Hartenbaum as keynote speaker at a scientific meeting on Occupational Health and Traffic Medicine, in the Dun Library, RCPI, No. 6 Kildare St, Dublin 2.

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.

Dr Natalie Hartenbaum Presentation - Commercial Driver Medical Fitness in the US

Dr Natalie Hartenbaum
research days

Research Day 2019

On 19 February 2019, we held our annual Traffic Medicine research seminar in the Dun Library, RCPI, Kildare Street, Dublin. The aim of this seminar was to provide an open forum for all those researching in areas related to Traffic Medicine. We welcomed speakers from a wide range of disciplines to engage with and to learn more about Traffic Medicine, these included; 

The audience included undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and others who have an interest in Traffic Medicine. The day ended with an interactive questions and answers session.

Presentation speaker
Risk factors associated with driving reductions in older adults, findings from a population study of adults aged over 50 Dr Christine McGarrigle
Research Fellow, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) (TCD)
Transportation usage and out of Home activities engaged in by Older Irish Adults Dr Catherine Elliott O’Dare
Asst. Prof in Social Policy, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine (TCD)
Mary Ward Essay Prize Winner 2019
Cataracts in traffic medicine: A common road safety issue which we fail to see
Edward Ahern,
School of Medicine (UCC)
Perceptions and attitudes towards risk and personal responsibility in the context of medical fitness to drive Dr Margaret Ryan
Programme Manager, National Office for Traffic Medicine (RSA/RCPI)
Impact of transport mode on psychosocial wellbeing in adults aged 50 and over: Results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) Dr Orna Donoghue
Project Manager, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) (TCD)
An international approach to enhancing a national guideline on driving and dementia Prof Desmond O’Neill
National Programme Director for Traffic Medicine (RSA/RCPI)
Closing Remarks Prof Desmond O’Neill
National Programme Director for Traffic Medicine (RSA/RCPI)

Contact us

Dr Margaret Ryan

Programme Manager, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 863 9788

Lily Roche

Programme Coordinator, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2

Tel: 01 8639630