Professor John R. Higgins

HIHI Lead PI, University College Cork and Cork University Maternity Hospital | UCC

Professor John R. Higgins commenced as Principal Investigator of HIHI in 2016. In this role he is the holder of the EI grant for HIHI and responsible for the preparation, conduct, and administration of the research grant, in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and institutional policy governing the conduct of sponsored research. He is responsible for the budget and all progress reporting in relation to the grant. He also chairs the Steering Committee and sits on the board of the National Oversight Group. From 2012 to 2016 he was PI of the Demonstrator Hub, which preceded Health Innovation Hub Ireland.

John is the UCC Professor and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a practising consultant based at Cork University Maternity Hospital and Clinical Director for Maternity Services in South/South West Hospital Group.  He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.  He trained in Internal Medicine and in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Dublin and Melbourne and returned to Ireland to take up the UCC Chair in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 2001.   John gained unique experience from leading the 2009 amalgamation of three maternity hospitals to form the state-of-the art Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH).

In April 2011 he was appointed Head of the College of Medicine and Health in University College Cork where he served until January of 2017. John returned full time to CUMH in the role of Clinical Director for Maternity Services in February 2017. He is responsible for the four maternity units in the South/Southwest which deliver one fifth of the babies born in Ireland.  This role is the first of its kind to receive clinical and executive authority over a service under the Health Service Executive.

Team Members

Eimer O’Connell
Project Manager, Health Innovation Hub Ireland, University of Galway
Dr Tanya Mulcahy
HIHI Director, University College Cork
Jane O’Flynn
HIHI National Operations Manager, Munster Technological University
Dr Michael Twomey
Senior Clinical Research Manager, Clinical Evaluation Lead, University College Cork
Noreen Lynch
HIHI Clinical Liaison and HSE Clinical Nurse Manager, Bantry University Hospital
Caroline McGarry
HIHI Communications & PR Lead, University College Cork
Jonathan Moran
HIHI Clinical Liaison, Trinity College Dublin & St James’s Hospital
Maria Kelly
HIHI Clinical Liaison, University of Galway
Eimear Galvin
HIHI Regional Manager, Trinity College Dublin
Niamh Allen
HIHI Clinical Liaison and Clinical Nurse Manager, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital
Michael Duane
HIHI Clinical Liaison and Principal Clinical Engineer, University Hospital Galway
Noel Murphy
HIHI Clinical Liaison and HSE Biomedical Engineer, Cork University Hospital
Matt Cotteral
HIHI PI, MTU and Head of the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering in MTU, Cork
Steve Cullen
HIHI Innovation Specialist, Trinity College Dublin and St. James Hospital
Neil Tilley
HIHI Clinical Liaison and Clinical Engineering Team Lead, Tallaght University Hospital
Joann Kelleher
HIHI Research Support Officer – Admin, University College Cork
Mr Dave Shanahan
Chair of the National Oversight Group of Health Innovation Hub Ireland
Professor John R. Higgins
HIHI Lead PI, University College Cork and Cork University Maternity Hospital
Professor Seamas Donnelly
HIHI PI, Trinity College Dublin
Professor Martin O’Donnell
HIHI Academic Advisor, HIHI PI, Executive Dean CMNHS, University of Galway
Professor Martin O’Halloran
HIHI PI, University of Galway