Professor Seamas Donnelly


Professor in Clinical Medicine and Head of Department – Tallaght Hospital

Phone:+353 1 896 3844



Professor Seamas Donnelly  is an international leader in Translational Medicine and his research epitomizes classical bench to bedside on an international stage.  The work of his research group is leading to novel therapies in respiratory disease, particularly in Asthma, COPD and Sarcoidosis.

A medical graduate of University College Galway (UCG), he successfully competed previously for prestigious Wellcome Trust Fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and the Picower Institute in New York, an Institute affiliated to Rockefeller University.  Returning to Ireland, he was one of the first clinicians to be awarded a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principal Investigator Programme grant award which was recently renewed for a further 5 years.  This work has focused on the development of novel small molecular-weight anti-inflammatory agents targeting chronic inflammatory diseases particularly pertaining to the lung.  He is a co-applicant on the recently awarded Wellcome Trust/HRB Dublin Clinical Research Facility.

In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the University of Edinburgh, The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked among the top 20 universities in the world and following the recent UK Research Assessment Exercise, has been ranked number 1 with regards to medical research.  The citation from Edinburgh University recognizes Professor Donnelly’s as an international leader in medical research and how his research epitomizes classical bench to bedside on an international stage.

In 2015 he took up a position with the historic Trinity College Dublin as Professor of Clinical Medicine and Head of Department at Tallaght Hospital. His research group relocated to the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute in the heart of Dublin City. Professor Donnelly is also the current Editor-in-Chief of the Quarterly Journal of Medicine (Oxford University Press), an international medical journal.