HIHI Team

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

Professor John R. Higgins
HIHI Lead PI, University College Cork and Cork University Maternity Hospital
Dr. Martin O’Halloran
HIHI PI, NUI Galway
Professor Seamas Donnelly
HIHI PI, Trinity College Dublin
Mr. Daithí Fallon
HIHI PI, Cork Institute of Technology
Gillian Dwyer O’Mahony
HIHI Research Support Officer, University College Cork
Dr. Colman Casey
HIHI National Director, University College Cork
Dr. Tanya Mulcahy
HIHI National Manager, University College Cork
Aisling Dolan
HIHI Manager, NUI Galway
Jane O’Flynn
HIHI Manager, Cork Institute of Technology
Eimear Galvin
HIHI Manager, Trinity College Dublin
Paddy McGowan
HIHI Technology Development Advisor, Cork Institute of Technology
Noel Murphy
HIHI Clinical Liaison and HSE Biomedical Engineer, Cork University Hospital
Emily Naylor
HIHI Clinical Liasion: Clinical Research Nurse Manager, TCD
Noreen Lynch
HIHI Clinical Liaison and HSE Clinical Nurse Manager, Bantry University Hospital
Niamh Allen
HIHI Clinical Liaison and Clinical Nurse Manager, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital
Dr. Diana Hogan Murphy
HIHI Clinical Liaison and HSE Senior Antimicrobial Pharmacist, University Hospital Galway
Mr. Dan Maher
Education and Innovation Development Advisor, TCD
Leona Halton
HIHI Clinical Liaison and Clinical Nurse Manager, Saolta University Healthcare Group and NUI Galway
Dr. Jimmy Eaton-Evans
HIHI Technology Evaluator, NUI Galway
Professor Michael Gill
HIHI Academic Advisor, Trinity College Dublin
Professor Joe Eustace
HIHI Academic Advisor, CRF-Cork and University College Cork
Dr. Michael Conall Dennedy
HIHI Academic Advisor, NUI Galway
Professor Martin O’Donnell
HIHI Academic Advisor, CRF-Galway and NUI Galway
Prof. Timothy O’Brien
HIHI Academic Advisor, NUI Galway