Martin J Downes
Martin has been in health research since 2006 and has been proactive in creating and completing projects in health research including: prevalence and interactions of pet ownership with general population health and asthma sufferers; the prevalence of and factors associated with suicidal ideation in the veterinary profession and evidence based research in therapy of mental illness.
Martin has experience in Evidence Based Medicine and health technology assessment. He has worked on a number of research projects including a Cochrane systematic review examining animal assisted therapy in mentally ill patients, a systematic review looking at methods used for the estimation of pet ownership and developing a critical appraisal tool for examining cross sectional studies. Martin is involved in evaluation of industry submissions of new technologies for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Medical Benefits Scheme and developing submissions and evaluations for the Medical Services Advisory Committee.
Martin has also extensive epidemiological and statistical experience working and providing support on numerous projects. Martin completed a PhD in epidemiology in University College Dublin and worked in Mount Sinai School of Medicine on data from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate environmental control patterns among asthmatics. Martin has also worked in collaboration with Cornell University and Lund University on bladder cancer projects.