Meet the team
The RCSI Clinical Research Centre (RCSI CRC) has an experienced, reliable and enthusiastic team with the skills, flexibility and attention to detail required to meet the needs of each research project and, ultimately, contribute towards sound research data.
Our team has developed expertise across many different types of research, such as clinical trials, device studies, screening programmes, biobanking and registries, and a broad spectrum of therapeutic areas.
Professor Mark Sherlock is a Professor of Medicine in RCSI, Director of the RCSI CRC and Consultant Endocrinologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
He received his specialist endocrine training in Beaumont Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and University of Birmingham. He received his MD thesis from RCSI for studies related to morbidity and mortality in patients with acromegaly. He obtained his PhD thesis from the University of Birmingham for studies relating to cortisol metabolism in muscle and in patients receiving hydrocortisone therapy.
His main clinical and research interests are in pituitary and adrenal disease and salt and water homeostasis.
Dr Fionnuala Keane graduated with a BSc Honours and a PhD in Biochemistry from the National University of Ireland Galway. She worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in molecular biology and neurochemistry at the Department of Biochemistry, UCD, before also working in industry.
Fionnuala has over 20 years' clinical research experience having joined the All-Ireland Co-operative Oncology Research Group (ICORG) in 2003. She remained in ICORG until 2014 working in a variety of clinical research roles, including clinical trial project management, pharmacovigilance and programme lead.
Fionnuala was appointed to the roles of Development Lead and Chief Operations Officer to HRB Clinical Research Coordination Ireland from 2014 to 2021 and subsequently to the role of Manager of the HRB National Clinical Trials Office until December 2022. Fionnuala also worked as a Project Manager with UCC on the EU response and WHO COVID-19 trials for Ireland during the pandemic.
Fionnuala joined the RCSI CRC team in January 2023 as Head of Operations.
Ailbhe Cullen has been a core member of RCSI CRC since it opened in 2000.
Ailbhe completed her registered general nurse training in Beaumont Hospital before continuing her training by completing her registered sick children’s nurse training in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. She worked in the area of paediatric intensive care nursing for six years and completed a paediatric intensive care course during this time. She has work abroad, in both the USA and Australia.
Since joining the RCSI CRC, she has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research in John Moore’s University Liverpool and an MSc Research (Nursing) in RCSI. Ailbhe has worked in a management role in the CRC for 23 years and has experience in a variety of therapeutic areas, as well as study feasibility and set-up, study budgets, quality management and the day-to-day management of the research centre.
Deirdre Hyland is a registered nurse and midwife with extensive experience of medical and surgical nursing, including 13 years working in gynaecological oncology and head and neck oncology.
She joined the RCSI CRC as a clinical research nurse in 2004, working on a variety of research projects and clinical trials. Deirdre commenced the role of Director of Research Nurse Education in 2009. She has developed and delivered modules in many aspects clinical research coordination and management, and also leads on the provision of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training for IMP and medical device trials.
Deirdre is also the principal investigator on a three-year HRB award to the Irish Research Nurses and Midwives (IRNM) Network that is exploring the roles and responsibilities of the research nurse and midwife, and associated skills and competencies. She is a member of the IRNM Committee, education workstream of the UK Clinical Research Facilities Network and the UK/Ireland branch of the International Association of Clinical Nurses (IACRN).
Patricia Burke has been a core member of RCSI CRC since 2006 and has extensive experience in the day-to-day running of the research centre.
- Toyosi Atoyebi, Research Nurse (Principal Investigator: Prof. Orla Hardiman)
- Ann Collins, Research Nurse/Study Coordinator (Principal Investigator: Prof. Gerry McElvaney)
- Helen Doherty, Research Nurse (Principal Investigator: Prof. Richard Costello)
- Claire Foley, Senior Research Nurse (Principal Investigators: Prof. Peter Conlon, Dr Eoghan de Barra, Prof. Mark Sherlock)
- Benson Jacob, Research Nurse (Principal Investigators: Dr Eoghan de Barra, Prof. Mick O’Reilly)
- Margaret Large, Research Nurse (Principal Investigators: Prof. Killian Hurley, Prof. Richard Costello, Prof. David Williams)
- Lorna Lombard, Research Nurse (Principal Investigator: Prof. Richard Costello)
- Elaine Mac Hale, Programme Manager (Principal Investigator: Prof. Richard Costello)
- Niamh Ní Óbáin, Clinical Trial Research Manager, (Principal Investigator: Prof. Orla Hardiman)
- Orla Smith, Research Nurse (Principal Investigator: Prof. Richard Costello)
- Michelle Smyth, Research Nurse (Principal Investigator: Prof. Ger Curley)
- Sophie Trainor, Research Nurse (Principal Investigator: Prof. Orla Hardiman)
- Dr Christina Campbell, Respiratory Medicine
- Dr Leanne Cussen, Endocrinology
- Dr Tara O’Donnell, Endocrinology
- Dr Maria Tomkins, Endocrinology