HRB Research Leader

Professor Patricia M. Kearney

CARDI Research Fellow

Dr Sheena Mc Hugh


Dr Emily Kelleher,
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Ms Fiona Riordan,
PhD Candidate

Ms Caragh Flannery
PhD Candidate



Ms Kate O'Neill
PhD Candidate

Ms Niamh McGrath
PhD Candidate

Ms Emmy Racine
PhD Candidate

Dr Niamh Bambury,
MPH Student

Steering Group

A steering group was established in March 2013 to manage the project and includes the following individuals:

Professor Patricia Kearney

Dr Ronan Canavan

Dr Tony Fitzgerald

Dr Sheena Mc Hugh

Dr Claire Buckley

Ms Marsha Tracey

National Diabetes Working Group

Professor Kearney is a member of the National Diabetes Working Group, an interdisciplinary working group consisting of representatives from relevant diabetes related healthcare professionals and consumers. The group acts as an advisory committee to the National Diabetes Programme and also provides national advice on diabetes management.

The following individuals are members of the working group:

Dr. Ronan Canavan, Clinical Lead; Ms. Niamh Smyth, Programme Manager; Dr Velma Harkins, GP Lead; Dr. Orlaith O’ Reilly, Director of Public Health; Dr. Anna Clarke, Diabetes Ireland; Dr. Sean Dineen, Consultant Endocrinologist; Dr. Francis Finucane, DSIG Lead West; Dr. Diarmuid Quinlan, DSIG Lead South; Dr Mensud Hatunic' , DSIG Lead North East; Dr. Shu Hoashi, DSIG Lead Dublin Mid-Leinster; Ms. Helen Twamley, Clinical Nurse Specialist – Diabetes Lead; Ms. Caroline McCusker, Lead Podiatrist; Ms. Margaret Humphries, Lead Dietitian; Mr. Trevor Hunter, Pharmacist/Ms Eilis Kearney, Pharmacist; Dr. Patricia Kearney, HRB Research Lead; Ms Marie Courtney, Professional Development Co-ordinator for Practice Nurses, Ms. Adrienne Lynam, National Project Manager-Obesity, Health Promotion & Improvement.

Diabetes Services Implementation Groups (DSIG)

There are four DSIG’s which are clinically led regional networks, divided into the following regions:

  • Dublin North East (DNE)
  • Dublin Midlands (DML)
  • South and
  • West

They consist of key stakeholders and are all striving to implement key principles of the Diabetes Programme. They feed into the National Diabetes Working Group and their strengths lie in that they provide:

  • Specific knowledge of the needs of the local diabetes population
  • Relevant data to inform the Programme and the National Service Plan
  • Involvement of people with service delivery responsibility to inform model design
  • Assisting with design and agreeing the model of care
  • Assisting with implementation, monitoring and review

ESPRIT Research Group

UCC School of Public Health, Western Gateway Building, Western Road, Cork,