Professor John R. Higgins is the Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at University College Cork. He is a practicing Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital. He is the current Head of the College of Medicine & Health at UCC.
John's subspecialty clinical and research interests are in the area of Maternal Fetal medicine. He has published widely on a range of topics including pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy), folic acid and pregnancy, twin pregnancy, and haemostatic alterations in pregnancy. In particular, he has explored the relationship between altered haemostasis and pregnancy complications including miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, stillbirth and placental abruption. He has co-authored the National Guideline on Prevention of Venous Thrombosis in Pregnancy (2013).
John trained initially in internal medicine (MRCPI 1991). He commenced clinical and academic training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Rotunda Hospital and the TCD Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology led by Professor John Bonnar (MRCOG 1996, MD 1996). He undertook a fellowship in Maternal Fetal medicine at the University of Melbourne Perinatal Medicine Department at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne. He was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at the Mercy Hospital for Women in 2000.
John returned to Ireland to take up the UCC Chair in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 2001.
Prior to this, Colman was the administrative director for research and industrial liaison of the College of Medicine and Health and the interim director of the Cork Science and Innovation Park in University College Cork. During this time, he was also the president and one of the founder members of PDA Ireland.
He spent seven years as general manager of an FDA/EMEA regulated multinational biotech, ten years in line management in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment and has seven years experience in enzyme production for the food industry. Colman served on the boards of Avecia, ISPE, American Chamber of Commerce, National Food Biotechnology Centre and Cork University Foundation and was granted a Distinguished Alumnus Award by University College Cork in 2003.
Tanya joined the Health Innovation Hub in December 2013. She has a wealth of experience in the public and private sector; her most recent role was Manager of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC. She has an honours degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Cancer Genetics from UCC.
She has conducted postdoctoral research in population based Neuropsychiatric Genetics at Trinity College Dublin and has over 10 years’ experience in biotechnology based research and development industries – Schering Plough (NJ, USA) and start-up Biotechnology company Orchid Biosciences (Princeton, NJ). Dr Mulcahy returned to Ireland from the USA in 2006 and worked with Science Foundation Ireland before joining UCC in 2009.
Tanya is a member of the Executive Management Board of Eureka Centre for inquiry based Education in Science and Mathematics. She is co-ordinator of the BioInnovate programme at UCC.
Before joining the HIH Team in 2014 as Research Support Officer, Gillian has had a wealth of experience working in an administrative capacity in diverse areas including legal, engineering and medical services. She graduated UCC with a BA Honours Degree in languages. She lived in the US for ten years before returning to Cork in 2002.
Joe Eustace, Professor of Medicine, Consultant Nephrologist and the Director of the Clinical Research Facility, Cork. Professor Eustace graduated from University College Dublin in 1990, undertook postgraduate training in General Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Dublin and from 1996-1999 he undertook a Clinical Nephrology Fellowship in Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore; and a NIH Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health as part of which he completed a MHS degree. He was subsequently appointed to the Johns Hopkins Faculty of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology as an Assistant Professor and while at Hopkins served as Director of Ambulatory Dialysis Services and as State Commissioner in the Maryland Kidney Commission. He returned to Ireland to take up the position of Consultant Nephrologist at Cork University Hospital in 2005 and was appointed Professor and Director of the HRB Clinical Research Facility at UCC in 2011. His research has been funded by the NIH (NIDDK), National Kidney Foundation, Johns Hopkins Clinical Scientist Award and the Health Research Board. He has authored or co-authored over 45 peer reviewed original scientific papers, and written 8 book chapters. His current research focus is on Vascular and Bone Health in Renal Transplant Recipients.
Aisling is a manager with Health Innovation Hub Ireland based at NUI Galway. Focused on 'Innovation In' activities, Aisling works with healthcare companies who wish to gain access to clinical expertise and/or pilot technologies in clinical settings in particular within the Saolta healthcare group.
With a background in project management, Aisling has worked on a major European Horizon 2020 award in healthcare and robotics. As national contact point in the research office at NUI Galway, she also operated in a deadline-driven environment with early-stage and senior academics within the Colleges of Science, Engineering & Medicine. With over 10 years experience at Science Foundation Ireland, the national science funding agency she has built a strong network with government and funding agencies at a national and international level. Aisling began her career at Enterprise Ireland working with teams on commercialisation funds and mentorship programmes.
Dr Michael Conall Dennedy is a Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital and a Senior Lecturer in Therapeutics at NUI, Galway.
He is a Galway graduate, completing a BSc in Pharmacology in 2000, MB, BAO, BCh in 2002, MD in Obstetrics in 2007 and PhD in Medicine in 2013. He trained through the HSE/HRB National SpR Academic Fellowship Programme, an integrated academic clinician scientist programme. Following this he completed a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's hospital. He assumed his current post in February 2014.
His research interests centre on the pathogenesis and treatment of functional adrenal tumours, both benign and malignant. He is a member of the European Network for the Study of Adrenal Tumour working Groups for Adrenocortical Carcinoma, Aldosterone Producing Adenomas, Phaeochromocytoma and Non Aldosterone Producing Adrenocortical Adenomas. He retains links with the Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge and has forged collaborations with the Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Birmingham. He is also affiliated with the CURAM programme at NUI, Galway and the Translational Medical Device Laboratory.
He is the NUI, Galway director for the Wellcome/HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) Programme and a co-recepient of this award. He is also the director of the undergraduate MB/PhD programme at NUI, Galway. He is the Specialty Director for Endocrinology for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland's, International Clinical Fellows Programme.
Martin O’Donnell is the Professor of Translational Medicine at NUI Galway and Interim Director of the CRFG. Graduated from University College Cork, he trained in Geriatric and Stroke medicine in Ireland, McMaster University (Canada) and Stanford University (US). He holds a PhD from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He is Director of the MSc in Clinical Research at NUIG, being run in collaboration with McMaster University.
His main areas of research interest are in Vascular medicine and Stroke Epidemiology.
Prof. Timothy O’Brien is professor and chair of Medicine and Director of REMEDI at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. He is consultant physician in Endocrinology and Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at the NUI Galway.
Prof. Timothy O’Brien trained in internal medicine and endocrinology in Cork, Milwaukee, Rochester and San Francisco. Prior to joining NUI Galway, he worked at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2001 he was appointed as Head of Medicine at NUI Galway and Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital. In 2004 he established the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway with funding from Science Foundation Ireland and currently holds the position of Director.
Research interests include the translation of basic research findings in stem cell biology to regenerative approaches to peripheral vascular disease and diabetic complications in partnership with industry and the health service. He has an active research group at REMEDI NUI Galway investigating the use of mesenchymal stromal cells and endothelial progenitor cells in vascular complications of diabetes mellitus. He is Director of the GMP cell manufacturing facility at NUI Galway and has been a PI on gene therapy and cell therapy clinical trials in Galway. In addition to a laboratory-based programme, his research brings together the Galway HRB Clinical Research Facility, the Galway Blood and Tissue Establishment and the Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland for translational research in stem cells and gene therapy.
Professor O’Brien is coordinator of 2 current EU funded projects; EU FP7 REDDSTAR which is developing and testing a novel stromal cell therapy to treat complications of diabetes mellitus and the recently started EU H2020 NEPHSTROM, which will clinically validate a novel stromal cell therapy for the stabilization of progressive diabetic kidney disease.
Prof. O’Brien has published an average of 15 manuscripts per year over the past 5 years.
Prof. O’Brien has a total of 254 publications; with 103 Senior Author Publications; 174 Journal Articles; 80 Reviews and 21 Book Chapters.
Dr Martin O'Halloran is a European Research Council (ERC) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigator at the National University of Ireland Galway. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of his research, he holds a joint affiliation with the College of Engineering and Informatics; and the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, and leads the Translational Medical Device Laboratory in the Lambe Institute.
Dr O'Halloran has received over 20 national and international research awards, and was recently awarded NUI Galway's Early-Stage Researcher of the Year, Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer of the Year, and the European Research Council's Starting Investigator Grant. He was a co-proposer of a European COST Action (entitled "MiMED"), and is now leading a network of over 180 medical device researchers from 24 countries, focused on the clinical evaluation and commercialisation of novel medical devices in Europe.
Over the last 6 years, Dr O'Halloran has personally secured €3.28 million in direct research funding and has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and a similar number of international conference papers. Dr O'Halloran has been an invited chair and invited speaker at several major electromagnetics and translational medicine conferences/seminars. He is currently on the steering committee of the BioInnovate programme, and is the Director of Enabling Technologies.
Professor Seamas Donnelly is Professor of Medicine and Dean of Research at the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. He has a long standing interest in Connected Health and in particular evaluating early stage technologies with regards to assessing quality of life of patients remotely.
He has generated over €40 million in grant funding since returning to Ireland and has recently been awarded an honorary Professorship from the University of Edinburgh for international leadership in Translational Medicine. He is currently an SFI Investigator Programme grant holder and leads the Precision Medicine initiative within Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Michael Gill (MD, MRCPsych FTCD) is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Discipline at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at St James’ Hospital. He leads the Neuropsychiatric Genetics Research Group which conducts ongoing Phenotypic and Genomic investigations into Autism, Psychosis and ADHD. The goal of this research is to identify and investigate the function of genetic variation contributing to disease risk as a means of improving understanding of disease biology, developing better methods of diagnosis, and establishing new therapeutic approaches. The group has played a significant role in large collaborative genomics studies and has been part of several significant discoveries in recent years published in journals such as Nature, Nature Genetics, Archives of General Psychiatry and the British and American Journals of Psychiatry. In 2012 he was appointed as Director and Principle Investigator of the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research that includes the network of four CRFs at TCD, UCD and RCSI and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at St. James’ Hospital which opened in 2013 and after two years in operation has over 80 studies on its books. He is Co-Director of the recently funded HRB Clinical Research Coordination Ireland, supporting coordinated multisite clinical trials in Ireland; Executive committee member of the HRB Trials Methodology Research Network and the TCD lead in the National Health Innovation Hub. He is a Board member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and of Molecular Medicine Ireland.
Dan is a health innovation advisor to the HIH, TCD. He is founder of innovation management company Nua Venture and has held multiple CEO, R&D, Operations & Marketing roles across a wide range of medical and information technology companies including Hemanua (Ireland), Hemacon (Düsseldorf & Bangalore), Biomedical Research Limited (Ireland), Medinet (New York), Siemens (Munich), and Digital Equipment Corporation (Boston & Sophia Antipolis). He holds two patents in neuromuscular stimulation. In addition, as former Head of Technology Strategy at ACT Venture Capital, he has been a board member in a wide range of early-stage technology companies including AEP Networks Ltd. (Chairman), Cappella Inc. (Vice-Chair), Amphion Ltd (Director), Heartsine Inc. (Director) and Innovada Ltd. (Chairman). Dan holds an M.Eng.Sc in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Noreen qualified as a General Nurse in Cork University Hospital. She worked in the surgical and medical neurological departments in CUH. She transferred to Bantry General Hospital, where she worked in the rehabilitation unit. In 2009, Noreen qualified as a Transport Manager. In 2010, she received her Professional Diploma in stroke care. In 2013, she received a post grad qualification in stroke practice. Noreen presently works as the Clinical Nurse Specialist in stroke care on the combined acute stroke and rehabilitation wards in Bantry General Hospital. She is also the Facilitator of the West Cork Stroke Support Group.
Niamh received her training in General Nursing in the UK in the 1990s. She returned to Cork and worked as a General Nurse in the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital. In 2003, she transferred to the Medical Rehabilitation Unit to work in the Care of the Older Adult. During this time, she studied in UCC, where she received a post grad Higher Diploma in Gerontology Nursing. Niamh changed her career pathway in 2010 when she joined the Department of Infection Prevention & Control/Hygiene as the Hygiene Coordinator in SIVUH. This is a multi-faceted role where her key responsibilities are research, education, and working with external contracts and contractors. Niamh was Project Lead in SIVUH for a HIHI initiative under the direction of Dr. Colman Casey, HIHI.
Jane is a project manager in Health Innovation Hub Ireland and is based in Cork Institute of Technology. Jane has a particular interest in commercialisation, innovation and design of Health and Age Friendly services and applications.
Jane worked for over four years in the Nimbus Research Centre in CIT coordinating, managing and developing national and European projects. During this time, she coordinated and led assisted living and age friendly projects in Nimbus. She was the Principle Investigator on the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund programme Project STEP4, focusing on data analytics and forecasting and also coordinated the Nimbus projects funded through the SFI funded CONNECT centre and ENABLE spoke.
Jane has also built up many years of professional experience in architecture. She was lead architect on the Maternity Hospital of the New Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. On returning to Ireland Jane was partner and then principle of a Cork based architectural practice, where she was involved in the design of a number of health and educational projects.
She has considerable experience in Computing, Mathematics and Architecture with qualifications including Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing and Mobile Software Development from CIT, Master of Science in CAD from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, Bachelor of Architecture from UCD and BA honours Mathematics at UCC.
Dr Jimmy Eaton-Evans is a mechanical design engineer with over 14 years of experience working in the field of medical device R&D. After receiving his PhD from the University of Limerick in 2006, he completed postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford that focused on early stage medical device development. His industry experience includes working within both large multinational and small start-ups to bring new medical device solutions to market. He has published 21 peer reviewed journal articles and is the named inventor on five patent filings. In 2015 he completed the Bioinnovate Fellowship programme at NUIG in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic (MN, USA), which was focused on identifying new opportunities of innovation in gastroenterology. This provided the basis for him to secure funding of €500k from Enterprise Ireland to commercialise a new, endoscopically delivered microwave ablation technology. In his current role with the HIHI, he is working with clinicians and to evaluate opportunities for innovation and progress solutions that improve patient care and outcomes.
Eimear has worked in house for multinational pharma, with public health bodies, NGOs and in agency communications, providing insight-led solutions to meet strategic challenges across markets. She is an expert in stakeholder engagement, creating reputation-defining communications and has extensive experience in project management and change strategies. Experience of biopharma, consumer, industry groups, charities, patient groups, private and public services means she has a breadth of understanding of the Irish health landscape. Eimear also spent a number of years in the UK, working on public health campaigns, before returning to Ireland and leading the healthcare practice for a global communications agency. As practice lead, she was responsible for senior counsel on accounts and driving organic growth through day-to-day commercial performance, revenue and capacity planning. Building up overall commercial capability across the practice, she delivered strategies for business development including management of proposal and pitch processes.
Paddy McGowan is a Mechanical Engineer and Senior Researcher with 20 years of experience in the mechanical engineering field and 15 years in the medical device field. His industry experience includes industrial machinery, consumer hand devices, laparoscopic devices, extensive implantable devices and medical and research level robotics projects. He has experience as owner of a mechanical engineering design company employing a team of five engineers. The work he was involved with varied from large multinational companies to small start-up companies looking to achieve a product development project without the need to hire and train a full team. For the last 5 years, he has been running the MEDIC team. Within this team, he has been working with small start-ups, clinicians and larger companies to both assess the technical feasibility of ideas and develop these ideas further. He has also worked on numerous commercialisation projects funded by Enterprise Ireland and valued at €1.2m, which have been in the medical device field and air scrubbing technology. His core area of research is in robotics with an emphasis on the use of robotics to enhance human abilities rather than replace. Current research focuses on co-operative robotics to allow ageing or people with lifelong conditions to live independently in their own homes. Further specialist areas, which he has been collaborating and working on, are in food printing technology, and bio-printers, which offer adaptive bio-printing systems in currently available bio-inks and advanced biomaterials.
His role with the HIHI is to work with clinicians to help understand and formulate their ideas and to evaluate the proposal from a technical perspective, also to outline funding opportunities to research the idea further. He also works with smaller start-up companies who can benefit from his technical experience.