Our Board

Chairperson

Suzanne McCormack

Chairperson

Suzanne is CEO of the Irish Thoracic Society (ITS), the national organisation representing respiratory healthcare professionals on the island of Ireland. Since joining the ITS in 2006, Suzanne has developed the Society’s work in leading and advancing the care of people with respiratory disease through advocacy, research and education. Suzanne previously chaired the MRCG Advocacy and Communications Group, is a Board Member of COPD Support Ireland and co-founded the Irish Lung Health Alliance.

Secretary

Jacinta Kelly

Secretary

Jacinta is Chief Executive of the National Children’s Research Centre

CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Philip Watt

CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Head of Research at theIrish Cancer Society

Dr Robert O'Connor

Head of Research at the
Irish Cancer Society
Chief Executive, Alpha One Foundation

Geraldine Kelly

Chief Executive,
Alpha One Foundation
Research Manager,DEBRA Ireland

Sinead Hickey

Research Manager,
DEBRA Ireland

Sinéad is Research Manager at DEBRA Ireland. DEBRA Ireland is a national charity providing support to people living with the debilitating skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and driving research into treatments and cures for those living with the condition. Sinéad has 15 years’ experience working in skin research. In her role as Research Manager, Sinéad has participated in national research projects as a social impact partner and is establishing a PPI process with Irish and international researchers. She is also coordinating the development of a national and international EB registry.

Senior Manager - Head of National and Regional Specialist Services at the Central Remedial Clinic

Michael Walsh

Senior Manager – Head of National and Regional Specialist Services at the Central Remedial Clinic
Head of Research, Fighting Blindness Ireland

Dr. Laura Brady

Head of Research,
Fighting Blindness Ireland

With a B.A.(Mod.) degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Neuroscience, Dr Brady has been in the biomedical research environment for over a decade. She moved from the lab in 2016 to join Fighting Blindness Ireland. In her role as Head of Research, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the organisational research strategic plan. She works closely with both the clinical and academic community and is responsible for the coordination of all research initiatives, including the national Target 5000 programme, which is focused on the genetic and clinical profiling of individuals in Ireland with an inherited retinal degeneration. In addition, she supports people and families living with vision loss through education and empowerment.

Policy and Research Manager withThe Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Dr. Bernadette Rock

Policy and Research Manager with
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Since joining ASI in 2017 Bernadette has developed and is implementing ASI’s research strategy 2017-2020 including a research funding strategy. A key focus is developing a Person Public Involvement (PPI) and supporting people with dementia to engage in research activities. Bernadette is facilitating a research prioritisation process with the aim of bringing together people with dementia, carers, researchers and health and social care professionals to identify and prioritise dementia research questions.

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