Director Thomas J. Shanahan

Thomas Shanahan's qualifications and professional associations include the following:

Tom is a trained teacher with a number of formal teaching and educational qualifications, obtained from Cambridge University and London institutes. He is a Licentiate of the College of Preceptors and in addition to his MA (Oxon) holds degree equivalents in a variety of disciplines. He formerly lectured at Oxford university, in the Department of External Studies, on the topic The Theoretical Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

His teaching and lecture experience spans more than 35 years and extends to fields outside of medicine. He is a published author and has contributed to learned journals and publications on a variety of subjects as well as presenting scientific papers on Traditional Chinese Medicine at, for example, the World Congress Of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, held in the Palais de l' UNESCO, Paris, in 1990, cosponsored by the World Health Organisation and the French Ministry of Health.

In 2011 he represented Ireland at 3 International Conferences on TCM: one in Nansha, Guangdong, China; one in Jinan, China, and the other in Guangzhou, China. In 2012 he will be presenting a paper at the WASMQ conference in Beijing.

In November 2011 he was invited to lecture at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine.

He is a Council Member of the Presiding Council of the World Academic Society for Medical Qigong (WASMQ). In 2007 he was elected to the prestigious post of Deputy Secretary General of WASMQ. He is also on the Academic Selection Committee for the latter Conference and is a Council Member and an Academic Advisor to the International Qigong Science Association. He is the designated representative for Ireland for both WASMQ and the IQSA.

As a practitioner, teacher and life-long student of TCM he frequently gives talks and lectures on the subject, and has broadcast both on radio and television, as well as contributing articles to newspapers, health guides and professional journals.