Presidential Lecture 2016, Timothy Lynch, Wednesday 23rd Nov 2016

23/11/2016 in Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Professor Timothy Lynch will deliver the second Annual Presidential Lecture on Wednesday 23rd November 2016

“A Family and Mater Perspective of the 1916 Rising” 

 Professor Timothy Lynch, BSc, DCH, FRCPI, FRCP

 Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Director of the Dublin Neurological Institute at the Mater Hospital; Adjunct Professor of Neurology University College Dublin; National Lead HSE Neurology Programme

Summary of talk:

I have taken the opportunity to talk about the role of the medical profession in caring for the injured at the time of the 1916 Rising and beyond. Various hospitals, such as the Mater, were right in the middle of the 1916 Rising and appropriately cared for the injured on both sides of the conflict. This talk also gives me the opportunity to talk about my grandfather, Fionan Lynch, Captain of F Company 1st Battalion in the Four Courts. As a child I had always heard that Fionan was involved in the 1916 Rising but only at the Centenary of the Rising had I managed to discover his significant role, particularly being in charge of North King Street and Church Street which had some of the heaviest fighting of the week.

T. Lynch



Dr Timothy Lynch qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in 1984 and completed a Bsc Pharmacology in 1986 at University College Dublin (UCD. He trained at the “Richmond” hospital and the Mater Misericordiae Hospital (MMUH), Dublin in General Medicine before doing Paediatrics & Paediatric Neurology at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin, Dublin. He completed a three year Neurology Residency (1990-1993) followed by a two year Movement Disorder and Molecular Neurogentics Fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York. He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University and Head of the Neurogenetics Laboratory in 1995. Dr Lynch was appointed Consultant Neurologist Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (the first fulltime consultant neurologist at the hospital) and Beaumont Hospital in 1998. He was appointed Clinical Investigator Conway Institute of Bimolecular and Biomedical research UCD (2002), Chairman of the Division Medicine MMUH in 2003, Dean of postgraduate Medical Education at the Mater in 2014, Chairman of the Mater Medical Board/Executive and Adjunct Professor of Neurology University College Dublin in 2008. Dr Lynch has published over 250 research articles in the fields of Parkinson’s disease & other Movement Disorders, multiple sclerosis, CNS infections including Whipple’s disease, neurodegeneration including frontotemporal dementia, genetics of Parkinson’s disease, parkinsonism and motor neuron disease. Dr Lynch renovated a derelict Georgian building at 57 Eccles Street and opened the Dublin Neurological Institute at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital ( in 2008. He has raised over 7 million euro from grant funding, charity fundraising, and philanthropy. The DNI is now a centre of excellence in clinical neuroscience providing care to over 5,000 patients per year many of whom partake in research studies including drug discovery research in neurodegeneration.

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