Professor William T. (Billy) O’Connor is an internationally recognised leader in both research and education in neuroscience. He has been recognized by the award of the Conway Silver Medal for Achievement in the Biosciences. He has authored over 100 full original papers (h-index = 44) and has secured over €3 million in research funding.
Billy has held appointments at several medical schools including Head of Neuroscience Research in University College Dublin, Ireland and Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Billy is currently Foundation Chair and Professor of Physiology at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Billy’s interests encompass all aspects of brain research, including nerve circuitry in neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. Other interests are the application of recent discoveries in neuroscience to more effective teaching and learning – in particular when applied to: problem based learning, continuing professional development, postgraduate research supervision, module development and delivery, teaching innovations, devising content and format for online skills training programmes and neuroeducation – the brain science of learning.
He acts as an expert reviewer with e-learning provider Epigeum. He has made significant contributions to the development and refinement of research methods, in particular to published innovations in feedback and teaching methods.
As part of his outreach activities in making neuroscience accessible to the public, Billy delivers lectures and talks to various groups and organisations throughout the country and has been a regular guest on national radio shows.