Programme Management

The Director and Deputy Directors (Dr Michael Conall Dennedy, Dr Bernadette McGuinness and Prof. Deirdre Murray), with the Co-Directors and the Programme Manager, implement and run the programme, meeting and guiding all candidates and fellows, managing the supervisor team and all interactions with stakeholders and partners.

The Executive Team

The Executive Team comprises Directors from all six academic institutions and the Programme Manager. The team meet weekly to oversee day-to-day management of the ICAT Programme.

Pictured at the announcement of the funding award to the Irish Clinical Academic Training Programme in 2016 (left to right) Dr Conall Dennedy, NUI Galway, Professor Ray Stallings, RCSI, Dr Patrick Mallon, UCD, Dr Graham Love, Chief Executive HRB, Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health, Professor Michael Gill, TCD, Professor Mary Horgan, UCC, Professor Peter Maxwell, QUB, Dr Mark Watson, CRDI (formerly MMI).

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee consists of an appointee from each partner university, representatives of the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Training Bodies, the HSE-NDTP, HSC R&D, NIMDTA, HRB and Wellcome. This committee meets biannually to oversee programme implementation. The broad range of members on this team ensures smooth integration and interaction between the research and clinical requirements of training with the overarching focus on the needs of the fellow.

Independent Advisory Board

The ICAT Independent Advisory Board comprises international academics, other Wellcome clinician PhD programme directors and senior Irish academics. This board meet yearly to advise on overall programme aims and achievements. They participate in the intake interview panels and peer-review of PhD research proposals. IAB members attend the annual ICAT Retreats where they meet with fellows in a supportive academic setting, sharing their expertise and experience.