Advancing Genomics in Ireland

Date/Time: Thursday, 12th November 2020, 11.00am – 12.30pm

This was an online event via Zoom webinar.

Genomics research has the power to unlock better and more personal healthcare for millions of Irish people. This event will focus instead on what Ireland needs to do to harness that potential. We hope for it to be the first of two IHRF events on this important topic.
We hope you can join us to help shape the future of genomics in Ireland.

Thank you to the chair, speakers, panellists and attendees at this event, who gave generously of their time and knowledge. We wish to acknowledge the support of the excellent IHRF Steering Group in shaping the agenda for the day and in developing the recommendations. Finally, thank you to the HRCI staff and Board for their continued management and support of the Forum. 

This report was compiled by Dr Avril Kennan, HRCI CEO and Dr Sarah Delaney, HRCI Research Support Officer. 

IHRF Discussion Document capturing the views of people with a strong and informed interest in genomics, from across Irish society.

Released prior to Irish Health Research Forum on Advancing genomics research in Ireland, November 2020

If you would like to view the talks or panel discussion from the event you can find links below.

Investing in an Irish public genome project
Prof John Greally; Director, The Center for Epigenomics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City
35 minute video:

Key themes from discussion paper on genomics in Ireland 
Dr Avril Kennan; CEO, Health Research Charities Ireland
7 minute video:

Panel discussion on genomics research in Ireland, followed by audience Q&A
Chair: Eibhlin Mulroe, CEO Cancer Trials Ireland and Acting IHRF Chair


  • Eileen O’Sullivan; Patient Representative
  • Prof Walter Kolch; Director, Systems Biology Ireland and Precision Oncology Ireland
  • Dr David Kavanagh; Director of Clinical Partnerships, Genuity Science
  • Dr James O’Byrne; Consultant in Biochemical/Clinical Genetics, The Mater Hospital

52 minute video: