Meet the core team

The HRB-TMRN core team operate from the School of Nursing and Midwifery NUI Galway. Our Core Team is responsible for ensuring the operation, implementation and running of all network services nationally. You can contact the core team via email at hrb-tmrn@nuigalway.ie or by phone 091 494492.

  • Prof. Declan Devane

    Declan is the Scientific Director of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network, Director of Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Director of Cochrane Ireland. He holds the Chair in Midwifery and is Deputy Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway. He is also Principal Investigator with the INFANT – Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research. Declan trained as a nurse and a midwife, meandered (with the help of opportunity, interest and luck) his way into trial methodology and evidence synthesis and his work now focusses on a blend across midwifery (and broader maternity care), randomised trials and how they are done and synthesising evidence. Declan clinical areas of interest lie in maternity care with a particular focus on interest in the implementation and evaluation of models of maternity care and on methods of fetal monitoring. Declan’s methodological areas of expertise are randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses and much of his career has focussed on building capacity in this area. He has published over 150 papers (h-index 33 Scopus, Jan 2019) including numerous Cochrane systematic reviews. He has led a number of clinical trials recruiting from 100 to over 3000 participants and serves on a number of Trial Steering Committees including those in pregnancy (e.g., EMERGE, HOLDS, PARROT) and Data Monitoring Boards (e.g., CORD, KEEP-WELL). He is editor with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group and has authored dozens of systematic reviews. Declan has been awarded over €7 million in research funding as PI or co-PI and more than €8.0 million as co-applicant.

  • Dr. Sandra Galvin

    As Programme Manager for the Health Research Board –Trial Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) Dr Galvin is responsible for the development, maintenance and expansion of an energetic, adaptive, and innovative network. Along with the Executive Committee, Sandra is responsible for shaping the strategic direction of the network as well as delivering on the core activities of the network. Sandra is responsible for the networks initiation and expansion, strategic development, coordination of events and maintenance of Ireland’s first Clinical Trial Expertise Database (C-TED) and for running the Trial Methodology and Reporting Advisory Service (TMRAS), as well as promoting the network via social media and attendance at conferences and events. Sandra has led on creating a number of key collaborations with national organisations to improve and build on the current randomised trial support infrastructure in Ireland.

  • Carol Burke
    Carol Burke

    Carol Burke joined the Health Research Board -Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) in September 2017 as the Senior Administrator. Her role includes supporting the Director and Programme Manager within the network. Carol brings years of administrative and financial management experience to the team, having previously worked in numerous positions within NUI, Galway and also in industry.

  • Sheena Connolly
    Sheena Connolly

    Sheena Connolly joined the Health Research Board -Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) in 2019 as the MRC-NIHR-TMRP administrative coordinator. Sheena is a graduate of the Masters of Science (Marketing Practice) at NUI Galway, she brings both administrative and marketing experience to the team. In addition to this role, Sheena is a team member of Evidence Synthesis Ireland, NUI Galway.

Executive Management Committee

The HRB-TMRN Executive Management Committee is responsible for developing the strategic direction and is the governing body for the network. This committee comprises of members from across all five funded university partners (NUI Galway, UCC, UCD, TCD and UL), with each member bringing a wealth of relevant experience to the network.

  • Prof. Declan Devane

    Declan is the Scientific Director of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network, Director of Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Director of Cochrane Ireland. He holds the Chair in Midwifery and is Deputy Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway. He is also Principal Investigator with the INFANT – Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research. Declan trained as a nurse and a midwife, meandered (with the help of opportunity, interest and luck) his way into trial methodology and evidence synthesis and his work now focusses on a blend across midwifery (and broader maternity care), randomised trials and how they are done and synthesising evidence. Declan clinical areas of interest lie in maternity care with a particular focus on interest in the implementation and evaluation of models of maternity care and on methods of fetal monitoring. Declan’s methodological areas of expertise are randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses and much of his career has focussed on building capacity in this area. He has published over 150 papers (h-index 33 Scopus, Jan 2019) including numerous Cochrane systematic reviews. He has led a number of clinical trials recruiting from 100 to over 3000 participants and serves on a number of Trial Steering Committees including those in pregnancy (e.g., EMERGE, HOLDS, PARROT) and Data Monitoring Boards (e.g., CORD, KEEP-WELL). He is editor with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group and has authored dozens of systematic reviews. Declan has been awarded over €7 million in research funding as PI or co-PI and more than €8.0 million as co-applicant.

  • Prof. Alistair Nichol
    Prof. Alistair Nichol

    Alistair is the Chair and Professor of Critical Care Medicine in University College Dublin (UCD), the Chair of the Irish Critical Care-Clinical Trials Group (ICC-CTG), Director of the HRB Irish Critical Care- Clinical Trials Network (HRB ICC-CTN), Dept Director of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care-Research Centre (ANZIC- RC), Monash University, Melbourne and an Honorary Research Fellow, School of Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford.
    Alistair is a senior clinical intensivist, laboratory scientist and clinical trialist. Alistair and his collaborators have successfully completed a number of important trials and epidemiological studies (enrolled over 10,000 patients in the last 10 years), including during the H1N1 2009 pandemic (900 patients) published in the NEJM, an RCT of Erythropoietin in traumatic brain injury (606 patients) published in the Lancet (first author-joint). Furthermore he is a Work Package leader of a European Union FP-7 project, which is charged with examining the challenges of conducting interventional studies in critically ill patients throughout Europe.This project is examining embedding of research into clinical practise, examining the acceptability and understanding of consent process used in the critically ill. To date Professor Nichol’s collaborations have been awarded over €35,000,000 in research funding. This has included an award for TRANSFUSE (HRB Definative Intervention award) published in the NEJM this year (5000 patients, first author-joint) and a Clinical Trial Network Award (Improving outcomes in the critically ill) from the Health Research Board of Ireland.

  • Dr Frances Shiely
    Dr Frances Shiely

    Dr Frances Shiely qualified with a BA from the University of Limerick in 1998 and a PhD degree in Epidemiology in 2003. She was recently awarded a Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from UCC (2017). She was appointed as Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Heath in UCC in 2005 and is currently a Senior Lecturer, jointly appointed to the School of Public Health and the HRB Clinical Research Facility. Frances is a member of the BSc Public Health Sciences Executive Committee which leads on curricular development and the implementation of the degree programme. She is also one of the core teaching faculty for the degree on which she has taught since her appointment in 2005. She has also taught on the MPH, Dental MPH, MA Gerontology and the undergraduate medical programme. Frances was appointed as Education lead for the HRB CRF-C in 2015 and is co-PI and UCC lead on the HRB Trials Methodology Research Network Grant. She currently supervises 5 PhD students and has extensive experience supervising MPH and undergraduate projects. Frances has two main research interests: clinical trial methodology and physical activity and diet related research for the prevention of disease.

  • Prof. Peter Doran
    Prof. Peter Doran

    Prof. Peter Doran earned his BSc. from Dublin City University in 1998 and his PhD from University College Dublin in 2001. He is associate professor at the UCD School of Medicine, Director of the Ireland East Hospital Group research network and Scientific Director of the UCD Clinical Research Centre (CRC). The clinical research, directed by Prof Doran, helps discover ways to improve medical care and to establish new treatments which in turn will improve the quality of life for patients who are living daily with chronic illness. The CRC contributes to ongoing research creating a scientific and caring culture for the benefit of present and future patients and medical research contributes to the development of new cures and better treatments. Prof Doran also leads the UCD-Abbott Biomarker programme, which has established a high throughput biomarker validation laboratory, which is contributing to major national and international end organ damage biomarker studies, reflecting his research interests in the molecular drivers of organ damage, biomarker discovery and translation to practice. In addition to his research and leadership roles, Prof Doran also leads the graduate taught programme in clinical and translational research at UCD and Chairs the Biomedical research Degrees Committee at the UCD School of Medicine.

  • Dr. Andrew Smyth
    Dr. Andrew Smyth

    Dr Andrew Smyth is the Associate Director of HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway, a Consultant Nephrologist at Galway University Hospitals and the first Irish recipient of a WellcomeTrust Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship. He completed a research fellowship at the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Canada where he gained training and experience in clinical trial methodology and large scale clinical epidemiology and global health. He also has a leadership role in the MSc Clinical Research at NUI Galway delivering courses in Fundamentals of Health Research, Clinical Trial Methodology and Systematic Review Methodology.

  • Dr. Sandra Galvin

    As Programme Manager for the Health Research Board –Trial Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) Dr Galvin is responsible for the development, maintenance and expansion of an energetic, adaptive, and innovative network. Along with the Executive Committee, Sandra is responsible for shaping the strategic direction of the network as well as delivering on the core activities of the network. Sandra is responsible for the networks initiation and expansion, strategic development, coordination of events and maintenance of Ireland’s first Clinical Trial Expertise Database (C-TED) and for running the Trial Methodology and Reporting Advisory Service (TMRAS), as well as promoting the network via social media and attendance at conferences and events. Sandra has led on creating a number of key collaborations with national organisations to improve and build on the current randomised trial support infrastructure in Ireland.

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