Cathal Breen


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Present Occupation

Researcher within the Institute of Nursing and Health Research (INHR) and Senior Lecturer of Physiology, School of Medicine at Ulster University Northern Ireland,

Chair of Ethical Governance Committee Centre for Higher Education and Research Practice (CHERP),

HCPC registered Clinical Scientist of Cardiac Physiology,

Associate postgraduate tutor within the Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technology (CHaRT) and Institute of Nursing and Health Research (INHR) at Ulster University.  

External positions

Associate of the National School of Healthcare Sciences, Higher Education England, UK.

Cardiac and Vascular physiology theme lead, The Physiological Society, UK & Ireland.

Cardiac Devices Specialist Group Member, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Cardiac Audit Programme (SCAP).

External examiner, new Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Medical technologies at TUS (formerly Limerick Institute of Technology) (until 2024).

External examiner, BSc Hons Healthcare Science (Cardiology), PGCert Cardiac Device and Rhythm Management and PGCert Echocardiography, The Medical School, University of Leeds, UK (until 2024)

External examiner, PhD examiner, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR CRN), University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (currently).

External examiner, Certificate of Healthcare Science, City, London, UK (until 2023)

Member of faculty Academy of Healthcare Science, Leicestershire, UK (currently)

Member of faculty National School for Healthcare Science, Birmingham, UK (currently)

Current research areas

Cardiac electrophysiology (science of elucidating, diagnosing and treating the electrical activities of the heart).

Epicardial adipose tissue associations with atrial fibrillation.

Heart Failure with preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnostic decision support systems (computer assisted differential diagnosis).

Conducting translational research (promoting entrepreneurship and commercialization).

Acquisition of expertise within the clinical domain (pedagogy). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, An investigation of novel ECG interpretation techniques to enhance patient care

Award Date: 1 Nov 2017

External positions

External Examiner, Technological University of Shannon

1 Sept 20211 Sept 2025

External PhD examiner, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR CRN), University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

19 Oct 2020

External Examiner, University of Leeds

1 Sept 202031 Aug 2024

Advanced Clinical Practice Reviewer

1 Aug 202030 Sept 2020

External Examiner, City University London

1 Sept 20191 Jul 2023

Faculty member National School of Healthcare Science, National School for Healthcare Science


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