Kerry researcher awarded global fellowship

Duagh native Dr Mary O’Keeffe, Physiotherapist, Clinical Therapies Department, UL. Photograph Liam Burke Press 22.

A Kerry researcher has been awarded a prestigious global fellowship to further her research into lower back pain.

Physiotherapy researcher Dr Mary O’Keeffe from Duagh is the first University of Limerick graduate to receive the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship from the European Commission.

The award will allow Dr O’Keeffe to attend the George Institute for Global Health at University of Sydney, Australia, one of the top ten research institutions in the world for scientific impact.

She’ll be hosted for two years by Professor Chris Maher who is the world leader in lower-back-pain research.