Paula Byrne is a HRB scholar on the Structured Population Health and Health Services Research PhD programme. She qualified in therapeutic radiography in St. Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar in 1990. In 2013 she graduated from NUI Galway with first class honours from the M.Sc. programme in Health Economics.
Her doctoral thesis is focused on the process of medicalisation and the drivers thereof, in particular the expansion of disease definitions and clinical thresholds used to define healthy and unhealthy states. The expansion in the use of statins for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease is used as an exemplar of this process. Prior research included an examination of dementia strategies across Europe. She is a member of the NGO Health Action International and is interested in the political and policy dimensions of health and health care.