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Research groups


Dearbhla Kelly


DPhil Student

Dearbhla is an Irish Nephrology and Internal Medicine fellow. She received her Medical Degree from University College Cork, Diploma in Cerebrovascular Disease from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Diploma in Clinical Neurology from University College London, and holds two Masters degrees from the University of Edinburgh (Internal Medicine) and from the Danube University Krems (Stroke Medicine).

She is currently working towards a DPhil in Clinical Neuroscience under the supervision of Professor Peter Rothwell. Her area of interest is the overlap between renal and neurological diseases. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of stroke in patients with chronic kidney disease, potential mechanisms including the role of hypertension, outcomes, and preventative and treatment strategies. She is also interested in cognitive disorders in patients with kidney disease, and the impact of blood pressure on brain health.

Qualifications & Awards


MB BCh BAO - University College Cork (2006-2011)

MSc Internal Medicine - University of Edinburgh (2012-2015)

Diploma in Cerebrovascular and Stroke Medicine - RCPI (2013-2014)

Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program Harvard Medical School (2014-15)

Diploma in Clinical Neurology - University College London (2015-2018)                        

MSc Stroke Medicine - Danube University Krems (2016-2019)



European Stroke Organisation Scholarship for European Master in Stroke Medicine, 2016

Irish Nephrology Society Research Bursary 2017

Best Poster Award, European Stroke Organisation Conference, Milan 2019

William Stokes Award Poster Presentation, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 2019