Honorary Research Fellow Tamara Vagg

Tamara completed her primary B.A. in Visual Communications in Waterford Institute of Technology in 2012, focusing on the Design Thinking concept for her dissertation. With the intention of being inter-disciplined, she went on to complete her Masters in Interactive Media in University College Cork, specialising in visualisation and simulation for the education of Cystic Fibrosis. Following on from this, she began her PhD in 2014 under the supervision of Dr Sabin Tabirca of UCC and Professor Barry Plant of CUH, and is currently working on developing her MSc research further through this. Tamara has particular interests in patient education and 3D visuals and simulation. These interests extends to include educational and digital content for other areas of the medical industry

 Amanda Lavan


Amanda graduated from the NUI Galway in Biomedical Science, majoring in physiology in 2004. From here she went on to complete her degree in Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland graduating in 2009. She completed her internship and senior house officer training at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. She started her registrar training at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and commenced the specialist registrar training scheme in Geriatrics in July 2013 at Cork University Hospital. In July 2014 she commenced her PhD studies in the School of Medicine under the supervision of Dr Denis O’Mahony and Dr Paul Gallagher, both consultant Geriatricians at Cork University Hospital. The focus of her research is optimising prescribing in older adults.

Donal graduated with an MB 1st hons in 2006 from NUIGalway, also with an intercalated BSc in Pharmacology. Donal completed his basic specialist training at the Mater Hospital Dublin and the Mayo Clinic USA. He is currently undertaking a PhD in clinical research at NUIGalway and completing the SpR in Nephrology and Internal Medicine


Fiona leads the dietetic service provision to approximately 1000 chronic kidney disease patients who attend Cork University Hospital. Fiona has worked in the area of renals since 1994 and has been a clinical specialist renal dietitian in Cork University Hospital since 2005.

Having graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Trinity College Dublin &  Dublin Institute of Technology (1993) , she undertook an MSc in Nutrition by research at University College Cork (2003) She is actively involved in the Renal Interest Group of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute and has held a number of executive roles over the years including her current role as PRO. She has also recently taken up the role of Communications Officer with the Scientific & Research Steering Group of the INDI. Her research interests are Chronic Kidney Disease Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD MBD) and the incorporation of high quality renal dietetic research into front line clinical practice.


Ashley graduated in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) Microbiology 1H from University College Cork. She was then awarded an APC Microbiome Institute Summer Studentship to carry out research in Teagasc Moorepark under the supervision of Dr Michelle O Donnell and Dr Mary Rea. She then began a PhD under the supervision of Dr John Mac Sharry and Dr Desmond Murphy. Her research is focused on adult asthma and the immune – microbe dialogue. This study will unveil the role of the lung microbial load in asthmatics and whether it is a causative agent in chronic disease progression.



Elena Hennessy studied medicine in State Medical University of Russia in 2000 – 2006 and worked as paediatric endocrinologist in Moscow till 2012. She completed her MD in 2012 in Endocrinology Research Centre, Moscow. Currently she holds a research position in UCC Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Cork University Hospital. The focus of her research is psychosocial screening in children with type 1 diabetes.

Denis Curtin


Denis obtained his medical degree from University College Dublin in 2008. He has worked in the Mater, St. Vincent’s, Cork University and Mercy Hospitals. In 2016, he was awarded ‘Doctor of the Year’ in the Mercy Hospital. He has published research in the fields of neurology and geriatric medicine and presented original research at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Congress in 2015. Denis’ PhD will focus on optimizing pharmacotherapy in older frail, multi-morbid adults in order to reduce hospitalizations, minimize the risk of adverse drug reactions, and reduce overall healthcare costs.

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