Luke Clancy

Director-General TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland

Professor Luke Clancy is a founder and current director general of the TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland (TFRI). He has held posts as Clinical Director CResT Directorate, St James’s Hospital, Dublin, Medical Director of Peamount Chest Hospital, Dublin, and Associate Professor Respiratory Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. The diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and the health effects of air pollution (outdoor and smoking) feature in his research work and he has made major research contributions in the areas of tuberculosis, asthma, lung cancer and smoking related diseases. He was a key player in the Dublin Coal Ban in the 1980s. Starting with reporting the increased mortality associated with the Dublin smog, which led to the ban on burning of bituminous coal and later as Chairman of ASH Ireland he led the Health Alliance which played a significant role in achieving the successful Smokefree legislation in Ireland in 2004. He has directed and co-ordinated respiratory research projects and led TFRI in policy-driven research (including the evaluation of ‘Smokefree Ireland’) nationally and  internationally with some 300 peer-reviewed publications and numerous published reports, books and chapters in books on air pollution, tobacco control and tuberculosis.