Who we are
Members of the ICORN Network meet on a quarterly basis to discuss on-going issues pertinent to hepatitis C, ICORN Research and Education and to direct ICORN-related activities.
Diarmaid Houlihan – Chair of ICORN and Member of the Executive Committee
Associate Prof Diarmaid Houlihan is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist in St Vincent’s University Hospital and the Blackrock Clinic. He is a graduate of NUI Galway in 2002 and completed post graduate training in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. He was appointed to his current post in 2012. He was awarded a Medical Research Council Research clinical training fellowship in 2008 and completed his PhD in the University of Birmingham focusing on the therapeutic potential of stem cells in Gastrointestinal and Liver disease. He has numerous publications in international peer reviewed journals in the field of liver, his specialist area.
Dr. Houlihan is the Medical Director of The Liver Unit & National Liver Transplant Unit, Ireland. He is the Research Chair of Irish Hepatitis C Outcomes Research Network. He currently takes an active role under- and post graduate education and research meetings.
Specialist Interests: Liver disease, Gastrointestinal disease, Diagnostic and Interventional upper and lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Professor Colm J Bergin – Member of the ICORN Executive and Former Chair (2016-2018)
Professor Colm Bergin MD, FRCPI, FRCP(Ed), FIDSA is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, St James’s Hospital, Dublin and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He is the Associate Director of the Wellcome-Health Research Board (HRB) Clinical Research Facility, St. James’s Hospital Dublin and Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).
Prior appointments have included Clinical Director of the Surgical and Medical Sub-specialties Directorate at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin (2006-2012), President of the Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland (IDSI) (2009-2012), the National Programme Lead for OPAT, Health Services Executive, Ireland (2010-2012) and the Dean of Postgraduate Specialist Training, RCPI (2012-2015). He is a co-founding member of the Irish Hepatitis C Outcomes Research Network (ICORN).
Professor Bergin graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1989 and completed General Medicine and Specialist Training in GU Medicine. Subsequently, Professor Bergin completed a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Boston University Hospital (1996-1999) and returned to Dublin in 1999 when he was appointed to his present consultant position in St. James’s Hospital.
Professor Bergin is the co-director of the Department of GU Medicine and Infectious Diseases Clinical Studies Unit, the department has an active national and international research reputation. Professor Bergin has secured funding from national and international funds including FP-7 funding in 2012. He is the supervisor for a number of MD and PhD degrees covering research topics in medical education, cost effectiveness of medical care (HIV and HCV) molecular and clinical epidemiology, immunology of host response to infections (TB and HCV), neurocognitive disease in HIV infection and innovative interventions to affect social behaviours in disease modelling.
Dr Orla M Crosbie – ICORN Treasurer and Member of the ICORN Executive
Dr Orla Crosbie is the Consultant Hepatolologist at Cork University Hospital and leads the Hepatology service there, looking after patients from all over Munster. Dr Crosbie trained in the National Liver Unit at St Vincents Hospital and carried out her MD thesis while there on Lymphohaematopoietic stem cells in the adult human liver; completing her training in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Dr Crosbie has research interests in Hepatitis C epidemiology and molecular virology. Dr Crosbie also has a busy Endoscopy Practice, carrying out diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy including ERCP. Dr Crosbie was the National Specialty Directors for SpR training in Gastroenterology at the Royal College of Physicians from 2009 to 2012 and now serves on the Council in the Royal College of Physicians. Dr Crosbie was also Medical Advisor for the National Committee to develop endoscopy reporting systems in Ireland. Currently on the board of directors with IrSPEN, the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, as part of this role Dr Crosbie continues to organise SpR study days in nutrition with the RCPI and RCSI and is involved in their launch of online medical education. Previous Hepatology lead with the Irish Society of Gastroenterology and is their liaison person also with IRSPEN.
Dr Annemarie Broderick
Dr Annemarie Broderick, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Our Lady’s Childrens’ Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin
Dr Jeff Connell
Dr Jeff Connell is the Assistant Director and Principal Clinical Scientist at the University College Dublin National Virus Reference Laboratory (UCD-NVRL). He has over 30 years experience in diagnostic and clinical virology and has been at the UCD-NVRL since 1995. Prior to this he has worked in a number of diagnostic virology laboratories in the United Kingdom including the Virus Reference Laboratory, Public Health England, Colindale, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College Of Pathologists and sits on a number of National and International Committees regarding viral infection. He has more than 60 publications covering a wide range of viral infections but has a particular interest in viral hepatitis, congenital and post transplant viral infections and emerging viral infections.
Ms Miriam Coghlan
Miriam Coghlan is a Senior Clinical Pharmacist, specialising in the area of Hepatitis C & HIV treatment at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin since 2013.
Miriam graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2008 and completed her pharmacy intern training at St. James’s Hospital. Miriam completed an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy in 2013 and is currently undertaking postgraduate research with the School of Medicine, Trinity College.
Suzie Coughlan PhD
Suzie is the Principal Clinical Scientist at the National Virus Reference Laboratory University College Dublin. There she has responsibility for the molecular virology department which provides diagnostic services for blood borne virus (BBV) monitoring to physicians in Ireland. This includes Hepatitis C viral load testing, genotyping and antiviral resistance analysis (NS3 and NS5A genes). Suzie has particular interest in molecular epidemiology of viruses and disease surveillance and is the designated virology coordinator of the Irish Influenza Surveillance Scheme. She has also contributed to the Ireland Vietnam Blood Borne Virus Initiative (IVVI) which was a large scale, cross-sectional epidemiological study to assess and characterise BBV infections in different regions of Vietnam. Her research interests are the areas of antiviral resistance and molecular epidemiology of viruses where she has widely published. She is a member of the Irish Hepatitis C Outcomes and Research Network (ICORN) and the European Society for Antiviral Resistance (ESAR). She is also a member of Scientific Advisory Board for European Meeting on Molecular Diagnostics and the HPSC subcommittee on Management of Viral haemorrhagic Fever in Ireland.
Dr Aoife Cotter
Dr. Aoife Cotter is currently working as a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Mater Misericordiae and St Vincent’s University Hospitals. She completed a PhD focusing on cohort methodology and bone disease in HIV under the supervision of Dr. Paddy Mallon (HMRG/University College Dublin) and Prof Caroline Sabin (Medical Statisticsand Epidemiology, University College London). In addition to HIV UPBEAT, a longitudinal cohort exploring bone health, new research interests include exploring radiological and clinical changes in those undergoing contemporary hepatitis C treatment (The TRACER Cohort) and bone, kidney and gut microbiome alterations around antiretroviral therapy initiation (The BIGGER Study). Future, projects hope to exploit contemporary mobile health technologies to assess frailty and ultimately to promote healthy ageing in people living with HIV.
Professor Garry Courtney
Garry Courtney is a Consultant Physician & Gastroenterologist at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. Garry was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone and graduated in Medicine from Trinity College, Dublin University. He trained in General Medicine and Gastroenterology in Dublin and London and was appointed a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny in 1996. Other appointments include National Clinical Lead of the Acute Medicine Programme, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and College Tutor, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He was a member of the working group which established Clinical Directorates in 2008 and is the Clinical Director in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. Clinical Interests in gastroenterology include Viral Hepatitis, Interventional Endoscopy and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Professor Walter Cullen
Professor Walter Cullen is a General Practitioner and Professor of Urban General Practice at UCD School of Medicine (2014-date) and previously, was Foundation Professor of General Practice at the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School (2009-14).
Dr Cillian De Gascun
Cillian De Gascun is a consultant virologist who graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1998. He undertook his basic medical training in Dublin and Brisbane, returning to Dublin in 2002, and completed his specialist virology training in the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) in Dublin and Bart’s and the London NHS Foundation Trust in London. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in 2003, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in the UK (FRCPath) in Virology in 2011. His MD was also awarded in 2011 by UCD for work carried out in the NVRL under the supervision of Professors William Hall, and Colm Bergin. The primary focus of the MD was to describe the molecular epidemiology of HIV-1 in Ireland, but the work also documented the prevalence of antiretroviral transmitted drug resistance in Ireland over a five-year period (2004 – 2008). Following two years spent as a consultant virologist with Surrey Pathology Services in the UK, Cillian was appointed Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory and returned to Ireland permanently in 2013. His main research interests continue to be in the area of the molecular epidemiology of viruses, antiviral resistance, and the utilisation of these data to inform national health policy.
Dr Liam Fanning
Liam Fanning is Director of the Molecular Virology Diagnostic and Research Laboratory [MVDRL] and senior lecturer in the Department of Medicine, University College Cork. Born and educated in Dublin, he obtained a B.Sc Hons in Biochemistry from University College Cork in 1983. He was awarded his PhD in Immunogenetics, 1992, from the National University of Ireland. After this, he did a postdoctoral fellowship, with BioResearch Ireland, in human genetics in University College Cork, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology in the Department of Immunology, University of Toronto, Canada before making the decision, in late 1995, to return to Ireland.
Together with colleagues, he completed the set-up of the Hepatitis C diagnostic and research laboratory and expansion into the MVDRL, within the Department of Medicine, University College Cork. Under Dr Fanning’s directorship, the diagnostic laboratory, using state of the art testing platforms, now tests for viruses such as Hepatitis C & B and HIV. His research portfolio includes over 50 publications, primarily relating to his hepatitis C research, but also including publications on Hepatitis B, HIV and human papilloma virus. His research interests include virus-host interactions in Hepatitis C infection, temporal mapping of viral diversity in the context of natural history and treatment environments and viromics in paediatric infection.
Ms Kathryn Feeley
Kathryn Feeley is a senior hepatology pharmacist at St. Vincent’s University Hospital. She has particular interest in the areas of liver transplantation, management of patients with cirrhosis and hepatitis C. In her role, she provides medical information on drug interactions and is actively involved in hepatitis C outpatient counselling and adverse effect management.
Dr Eoin Feeney
Dr Eoin Feeney is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at St. Vincent’s University Hospital. He trained in Infectious Diseases through the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Specialist Registrar training scheme, and obtained a PhD studying the molecular mechanisms of HIV-associated metabolic toxicities from UCD in 2012. He completed a clinical research fellowship in Infectious Diseases in Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 2014, where he undertook research examining the mechanisms of accelerated fibrosis in HIV and hepatitis C co-infection. He has written review articles in the British Medical Journal and Nature Reviews in Hepatology and Gastroenterology on hepatitis C pathogenesis and treatment. His research areas of interest include the pathogenesis and treatment of chronic viral infections including hepatitis C and HIV.
Dr Catherine Fleming
Dr Catherine Fleming, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, Galway University Hospital, Galway
Dr Clair Gardiner
Clair Gardiner has been a Principal Investigator and academic member of staff in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin since 2001. She was made a Fellow of Trinity College and a Senior Lecturer in 2007. She has served on the School of Biochemistry and Immunology Execute Committee and as Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning for the School. She is course co-ordinator for the Junior Sophister Immunology degree programme. Her research interest is in Natural Killer (NK) cells which are leukocytes of the innate immune system. She is an expert in the genetics of NK cell genes and has a particular interest in the innate immune response to HCV infection. More recently, she has been working on how metabolism impacts NK cell function. She has published in some of the best international scientific journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Genes and Immunity and the Journal of Immunology.
Dr Patrick Gavin
Dr Patrick Gavin, Consultant Paediatrician, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin
Dr Shay Keating
Dr Keating is Associate Specialist In Genitourinary Medicine, Guide Clinic, St James’S Hospital, Dublin And Sexual Health Specialist, Harold’s Cross Surgery, Dublin 6.
Dr Keating has been employed as Medical Officer to the 550 clients attending the National Drug Treatment Centre since 1996. This addiction service is the largest of its kind in the country. At the National Drug Treatment Centre, Dr. Keating also has a large research and teaching commitment. He completed the British Diploma in Occupational Medicine, and established an Occupational Health Department for the 140 staff members of the National Drug Treatment Centre.
Dr Barry Kelleher
A graduate of UCD in 1995 and MD 2005. Completed SpR training in Dublin including a year working in the Liver Unit of St Vincents University Hospital prior to taking up Hepatology and Interventional Endoscopy Fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA. He took up a role as Consultant Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital from 2005-2006 before commencing as a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital 2006 – present.
Dr John Lambert
Dr John lambert is is a consultant in Infectious diseases and genitourinary medicine, and has been practicing in Dublin Ireland as a consultant in the Mater and Rotunda Maternity hospitals, with teaching appointment at UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science. He is director of the National Isolation Unit for Highly Infectious Diseases at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and a member of the National Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Committee of the HSE. He has also been involved in the Sexual Health Strategy group in Ireland and teaching GP in Ireland on the subject of STDs. His training was in the USA at Michigan State University and Rochester NY, and he was an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore prior to returning to the UK in 2000, where we worked at St Mary’s and Kings College Hospital 2000-2005 prior to his appointment in Dublin. He has over 10 book chapters and 80 peer reviewed articles, primarily on infectious diseases, vaccines, HIV and STDs.
Dr John Lee
Dr John Lee, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospital Galway
Dr Patrick WG Mallon
Dr Mallon is Associate Dean for Research and Innovation within the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at University College Dublin. Dr Mallon graduated in medicine from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland and underwent training in infectious diseases in Sydney, Australia, where he completed a PhD examining antiretroviral toxicities. He returned to Ireland in 2007 to take a clinician-academic position in infectious diseases at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at University College Dublin.
As well as carding for a large cohort of patients with HIV and viral hepatitis, Dr Mallon heads the HIV Molecular Research Group, which focuses on translational research into toxicities of antiretroviral therapy, including cardiovascular disease, adipose tissue toxicity and bone disease. Other research interests include the pharmacology of anti-infectives and models of care delivery in special populations and increasing research capacity in resource limited settings, with ongoing collaborative studies in East Africa, focused on Uganda and Zimbabwe. Dr Mallon sits on the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) panel dealing with Guidelines on prevention and management of non-infectious co-morbidities in HIV. He is widely published and acts as a reviewer numerous international peer-reviewed medical journals including JAMA, JID, CID, PLoS Medicine and AIDS.
Professor Samuel McConkey
Samuel J. McConkey is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is also a Consultant in General Medicine, Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Beaumont Hospital Dublin, and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda both in Ireland. He is a board member of the national regulatory for medical and social care in Ireland, Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA).
He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of European Vaccine Initiative, and was a member and chairperson of the SAC of European Malaria Vaccine Initiative 2007-2009
Research Interests and Focus:
Prevention and control of the infectious diseases of relevance for resource-poor countries, including developing and evaluating new vaccines, studies of acquired immunity and molecular pathogenesis, and anthropological and political science studies of drivers and consequences of stigma.
Fellow in Infectious Disease at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in Missouri
Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Oxford Radcliffe Trust 2001 – 2005
Wellcome Trust funded researcher in The Gambia doing clinical studies of therapeutic vaccines against hepatitis B virus infection in 2001-2005
Head of Viral Disease Research Programme, at MRC Laboratories The Gambia 2003-2005
Prof Aiden McCormick
Professor Aiden McCormick, Consultant Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist, St Vincents University Hospital, Dublin and HSE Clinical Lead of the National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme
Dr Cora McNally
Dr Cora McNally, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
Professor Susan McKiernan
Professor Susan McKiernan, Consultant Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist, St James’s
Dr John Moloney
Dr John Moloney, Patrick Street Clinic, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Professor Frank Murray
Professor Frank Murray, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
Professor Suzanne Norris
Prof Suzanne Norris is a Consultant Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist at St James’s Hospital and is Professor in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Trinity College Dublin. A graduate of University College Dublin, she trained in hepatology at the National Liver Transplant Centre at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, and the Institute of Liver Studies at King’s College Hospital, and was appointed consultant in viral hepatitis and liver transplantation in 2000 at Kings’ College. In 2002, Prof Norris returned as Consultant Hepatologist and Senior Lecturer at St James’s Hospital/Trinity College Dublin, and subsequently was appointed Professor in Gastroenterology & Hepatology in 2008 at Trinity College Dublin.
Prof Norris is a former member of the National Consultative Council for Hepatitis C, former member of the governing board of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (2007-2008), EASL Scientific Committee (2005-2008), AASLD Education Committee (2007-2009) and former committee member of the British Society of the Study of the Liver (2000-2004). She was National Specialty Director for gastroenterology/hepatology registrar training in Ireland from 2007- 2012 at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, and Vice-Dean of Postgraduate Specialist Training 2012-2015. Prof Norris is the co-founder and former chair of the Irish Hepatitis C Outcomes Research Network. Prof Norris was the first Clinical Lead to the HSE National HCV Treatment Programme.
Dr Cliona Ni Cheallaigh
Clíona Ní Cheallaigh is an infectious diseases and internal medicine physician in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, and Senior Lecturer in Medical Gerontology. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 with a first-class honors degree and a TCD Gold Medal. She started her specialist training in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine in 2007. In 2008, she was a recipient of an Irish Health Research Board/Health Services Executive National SpR Academic Fellowship Award, which funded integrated training as a clinical academic. She completed her specialist training in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine in 2016.
Dr Ní Cheallaigh is also Clinical Lead of a pilot Inclusion Health Service in St James’s Hospital dedicated to improving access to specialist hospital care for homeless and other marginalized individuals.
Ms Ursula Norton
Ms Ursula Norton, Chief Nurse Officer, Wheatfield Place of Detention, Clondalkin, Dublin
Professor Cliona O’Farrelly
Cliona O’Farrelly PhD FTCD, is Professor of Comparative Immunology and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. A recipient of the Irish Research Scientists’ Association Gold Medal, the Graves Medal, the Conway Medal, the Isla Haliday Award, Cliona was recently awarded the 2014 Nature Mentoring Award. Having been President of the Irish Society of Immunology from 2000-2007 and on the Board of the Irish Cancer Society from 2006-2012, Cliona currently serves on the Boards of the Royal Dublin Society and Trinity College Dublin. Cliona completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and PhD in Immunology at TCD before undertaking postdoctoral research at St.James’s Hospital Dublin and Sussex University in the UK, and becoming Lecturer on Biology at Harvard University. While Director of the Research Laboratories at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin from 1993-2007, she was instrumental in developing one of the world’s first research programmes into human liver immunology. This continues to be one of Cliona’s main research interests. She has published over 180 papers, reviews and book chapters and has raised more than 10 million Euro in grant funding. She is passionate about science communication and education. She has graduated more than 30 PhD students, 7 MD and 4 MCh students from her laboratory. She has started a new MSc Immunology at Trinity College Dublin and spearheaded several initiatives for communicating science to school children and the public.
Dr Aisling O’Leary
Aisling O’Leary, PhD MPSI, a graduate of the School of Pharmacy, Dublin University, Trinity College with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, is a Chief II Pharmacist in the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics. Her background is predominantly in hospital pharmacy where she worked in a variety of clinical disciplines including GU Medicine and Infectious Diseases, endocrinology, rheumatology and dermatology. She co-ordinated the M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy from 1995 to 2005 under the auspices of TCD. She retains an academic teaching role with the School of Pharmacy, RCSI where she is a lecturer in Pharmacy Practice. She also lectures at the post-graduate level in Pharmacoeconomics and critical appraisal skills. Aisling has been with the NCPE since 2005 and is a member of the Irish Hepatitis C Outcomes and Research Network (ICORN). She is the Registry lead for National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme Registry.
Mr Brian O’Mahony
Mr Brian O’Mahony, Chief Executive, Irish Haemophilia Society Ltd, Dublin
Ms. Nicola Perry
Nicola has been working in the field of BBVs and addiction for nearly twenty years in a variety of Non-Governmental Organizations’, both in London and Dublin. In Ireland she has worked for Merchants Quay Ireland and Dublin Aids Alliance, respectively as Training Officer and Manager of Training, Education and Prevention. With an academic background in psychology she has co-authored research published nationally and internationally focusing on BBVs and alcohol misuse. She is currently the Manager of Community Response Ltd, a voluntary sector primary alcohol and liver health service, based in the south inner city of Dublin. In addition to this she acts as the chairperson of the newly formed (2014) Hepatitis C Partnership, a collaboration of individuals from a variety of backgrounds who share the aim of improving client access to HCV information, support and treatment. She also believes that addressing the stigma and discrimination that can be attached to an HCV diagnosis is a crucial aspect of a comprehensive treatment approach.
Ms Clodagh Quinn
Ms Clodagh Quinn, Nurse Manager/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hepatology Unit, St James’s Hospital, Dublin
Dr Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson is an Assistant Professor (Research) at Trinity College Dublin. His research focusses on the role liver-specific immune cells play in the pathogenesis of chronic liver disease, including hepatitis C virus infection. His research on hepatitis C virus aims to uncover key antiviral immune responses and investigate the influence of immune suppression in patients with liver cirrhosis. He worked previously at the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) – University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, investigating host-virus interactions in hepatitis C and the influence of different viral genotypes on disease outcome.
Dr Stephen Stewart
Stephen Stewart is a Consultant Hepatologist in the Mater Hospital and Director of the Centre for Liver Disease. He trained in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Dublin and was a Transplant Hepatology Consultant in the UK before returning to Ireland in 2010. His major clinical and research interest is alcoholic liver disease. He also has an ongoing research programme using novel markers to determine prognosis in cirrhosis from all aetiologies including HCV. Having spent most of his career so far managing patients with end stage liver disease, he is now spending more time focussing on prevention. With a group representing the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland he has produced recommendation around minimum pricing, availability and sponsorship of alcohol. Their greatest achievement to date has been the withdrawal of Arthur’s day.
Dr Lelia Thornton
Dr Lelia Thornton is a Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). She leads the hepatitis division in HPSC, with responsibility for national coordination of viral hepatitis surveillance, and is a member of the European Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control (ECDC) Hepatitis B and C Coordination Committee. She is project coordinator for the National Hepatitis C Database for infection acquired through blood and blood products. Dr Thornton is a member of the National Hepatitis C Strategy implementation committee and the National Committee for the Prevention of Bloodborne Diseases in the Healthcare Setting. She is a member of the editorial board of Eurosurveillance Journal and is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College.
Ms. Caroline Walsh
Caroline Walsh is Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Liver Unit in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. A graduate of University College Dublin with a Higher Diploma in Gastroenterology/Liver. Previous to this she obtained a Diploma in Psychology in the Royal College of Surgeons. She worked as Clinical Nurse Manager in the Gastrointestinal Unit in the Mater Hospital prior to her present position. Along with her colleagues she has participated in research papers which have been published in Hepatology Journals. Caroline has 12 years experience working in the Liver and Addiction services and one of her main roles is as dedicated Liaison Nurse to the persons who have contracted Hepatitis C from the administration of blood or blood products within the state and is a member of the Irish Hepatitis C Outcomes and Research Network ( ICORN ).