Executive Team

- The Executive Team are responsible for the day-to-day management of the ICAT programme.
- The ICAT Executive Team comprises Directors from the six academic institutions. The Directors are supported by Associate Directors from the partner institutions and a Programme Manager.
- The roles of Principal Director and Deputy Director(s) will rotate every two years throughout the course of the ICAT programme. Currently Prof. Michael Conall Dennedy (NUIG) holds the position of ICAT Principal Director; Prof. Bernadette McGuinness (QUB) and Prof. Deirdre Murray (UCC) are Deputy Directors.


Professor Michael Conall Dennedy

Associate Professor in Therapeutics at NUI Galway and Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital

Prof. Dennedy's research interests centre on the pathogenesis and treatment of functional adrenal tumours, both benign and malignant.

Professor Bernadette McGuinness

Clinical Professor, Queen's University Belfast (QUB); Consultant Geriatrician, Belfast Trust

Prof. McGuinness's research interests include mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Currently her research group are focused on assessing the role of inflammation and also nutrition in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor Deirdre Murray

Consultant Paediatrician, Cork University Hospital, Senior Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, UCC

Prof. Murray's research interest is the study of neonatal brain injury and in particular hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE), with an overarching aim to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with HIE.

Professor Patrick Mallon

Professor of Microbial Diseases at University College Dublin (UCD) and Consultant in Infectious Diseases, St Vincent's University Hospital

Prof. Mallon's research interests are focused on translational research into long-term co-morbidities associated with HIV infection and its treatment with antiretrovirals, and research into models of testing to increase early diagnosis of HIV.

Professor Michael Gill

Head of Medical School at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Consultant Psychiatrist at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin

Prof. Gill's primary research activity relates to 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, to improve diagnosis and establish new therapeutic approaches.

Professor David Williams

Professor of Stroke Medicine at RCSI and Co-Director of the HRB-funded Irish Stroke Clinical Trials Network

Prof. Williams' research interests include pharmacoepidemiology and patient safety, vascular medicine and drug metabolism. His clinical research focuses on vascular and stroke medicine with a particular interest in arterial compliance, hypertension and platelet function.

Professor Peter Maxwell

Clinical Professor at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Consultant Nephrologist, Belfast City Hospital

Prof. Maxwell's research interests are the clinical and genetic epidemiology of chronic kidney disease with a particular focus on genetic predisposition to diabetic nephropathy and end-stage renal disease (requiring dialysis or renal transplantation).

Professor Martina Hennessy

Associate Professor Medical Education at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Clinical Pharmacologist and Consultant Physician at St James’s Hospital Dublin

Prof. Hennessy's research and clinical interests include hypertension, cardiovascular risk and medication safety and research interests in antiretroviral pharmacology, international development and medical education.

Associate Directors

Professor Padraic Fallon

Professor of Translational Immunology, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Professor Padraic Fallon is an immunologist researching inflammatory diseases in patients and animal models.

Professor Fionnuala Ní Áinle

UCD Full Clinical Professor, University College Dublin (UCD); Consultant Haematologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) and Rotunda Hospital, Dublin

Prof. Ní Áinle's research interests explore the role of blood coagulation and extracellular vesicles in the aetiology, management and therapy of clinical disorders, particularly disorders of pregnancy.

Professor John Laffey

Professor of Anaesthesia Intensive Care Medicine at NUI Galway and a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Galway University Hospitals

Prof. Laffey's basic and translational research is focused on acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis, with a focus on regenerative medicines for the critically ill.

Professor Aoife Lowery

Associate Professor, Discipline of Surgery, NUI Galway; Consultant Breast & Endocrine Surgeon at Breastcheck Western Unit and Galway University Hospital

Prof. Lowery investigates factors that drive tumour initiation and locoregional disease recurrence in breast and endocrine cancer and the implications that molecular heterogeneity of malignancy may have on surgical strategy and locoregional control. Her research interests also include the investigation of innovative methods for post malignancy breast reconstruction using adipose derived stem cells.

Dr Áine Merwick

Clinical Senior Lecturer, University College Cork (UCC); Consultant Neurologist, Cork University Hospital/

Dr Merwick's research interests are focused on biomarkers in stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA), including neuro-imaging and blood biomarkers

Dr Richard Turkington

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and Honorary Consultant at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre

As part of the oesophago-gastric and pancreatic cancer team at Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Turkington seeks to transform the care of patients through the integration of laboratory discoveries, translational science and clinical research.

Professor Cormac McCarthy

Associate Professor, University College Dublin (UCD); Consultant Respiratory Physician, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Cormac McCarthy’s research interests are the clinical and translational research of rare lung diseases and interstitial lung disease, with a particular interest in the molecular pathogenesis of lung disease with a specific interest in innate immune cells in the lung, cholesterol homeostasis in macrophages and lipidomics in the lung. His clinical research focuses on novel imaging techniques to assess disease burden in diffuse cystic lung diseases.

Programme Manager

Dr Karen Misstear

Wellcome-HRB ICAT Programme Manager at Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI)