Name: Dr Teresa Barbosa
Position: Director of Graduate Education

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Graduate School - Administrator

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Chair: Dr. Teresa Barbosa
Director of Graduate Education

Dr. Cormac Gahan
School of Pharmacy

Prof Jeanne Jackson
School of Clinical Therapies, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapies

Prof Josephine Hegarty
School of Nursing & Midwifery

Prof Declan Millett
Dental School & Hospital

Dr. Liam Fanning
Dept of Medicine

Marc O'Sullivan and Carol McCarthy
Postgraduate Student Committee





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Welcome to the Postgraduate Committee of the College of Medicine and Health.

Our aim is to organise events throughout the academic year to enhance the learning and experiences of Postgraduate students in the College. We hope to promote the development of a Postgraduate community in the College of Medicine & Health.

The Committee was formed in 2010 and has members representing all areas of the College of Medicine and Health. This year we have a new Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr Teresa Barbosa, who will lead the committee.

Our events are hugely popular. The workshops that have been organised cover such topics as improving presentation skills, research ethics, statistics lectures and qualitative research methods. We are continuously expanding our range of workshops in order to support the needs of the Postgraduate students.

The annual Winter Gathering and Summer BBQ are two highlights of the Postgraduate social calendar and are a great way for students across the college to meet.

As we are your representatives for the college we would be delighted to receive any feedback on how your experience as a Postgraduate student can be made more enjoyable and less stressful. To keep in touch with upcoming events please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and keep an eye on your student email account.

We look forward to meeting you all throughout the year.


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Marc O’Sullivan- Chair

 Born and raised in Cork, I graduated from UCC with a BSc in Neuroscience in 2014, and began my PhD with the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, working with INFANT at CUMH. I’m currently in the second year of my PhD, and my research is focused on potential biomarkers in newborns during early development, using the microRNA profile from the cord blood. My two areas of interest are the asphyxiated neonate, and infants more susceptible to later life obesity. I’m delighted to be involved in the committee, as I feel it has huge benefits on the postgraduate student experience. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in contact (



Michelle O'Driscoll - Secretary 

New to the committee this year, Michelle is a UCC Pharmacy graduate. I spent three years working in the community pharmacy setting, before returning to UCC in October 2015 to complete a Clinical Pharmacy PhD. My area of research is multi-disciplinary, combining psychology with pharmacy education. I have designed a mindfulness course for Pharmacy undergraduate students in all five pharmacy schools in Ireland and I am currently assessing its effect on student stress, burnout and mood levels.

Rebecca Dennehy

I graduated from UCC with a Bachelor of Social Science in 2010 and a Masters of Public Health in 2012. Currently, I am a 2nd Year Health Research Board funded PhD Scholar on the SPHeRE Programme, based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. My PhD project, CY: BER, explores cyberbullying related experiences and behaviours in young people. In my spare time I can be found running the roads, hiking the hills or raising the roof with the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. 



Carol McCarthy

Originally from Kerry, I moved to Cork to study Pharmacy in UCC. Following graduation in 2010, I completed a Masters in Pharmacy in RCSI. I worked in community pharmacy in Cork for a few years before returning to UCC in 2014 to start a PhD in Pharmaceutics...just can't get enough of the place! My PhD focuses on developing novel drug formulations which will help to bring new medicines to the market for patients. These medicines could transform treatments for a wide range of diseases so it's an exciting project! (



 Sarah-Jane Flaherty

I'm originally from Cork and completed my undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences in UCC. After graduation I moved to the UK where I gained an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and later on a Masters in Public Health. Before coming back to continue my studies, I worked in both the public and third sector in the UK and Ireland where I mainly focused on public health and nutrition issues. I'm in my third year of hte four-year SPHeRE PhD Scholars Programme and am exploring the potential role of mobile apps in supporting healthier food purchasing habits. The Postgraduate Committee is a great opportunity to meet students from other departments and get involved in many events so I'm delighted to be a part of it. 

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 Aude-Claire Morillon

I am French and studied Biochemistry and obtained my Master's Degree in Structural Biology, Proteomics and Metabolomics in France in 2014. I moved to Cork in late 2015 to start a PhD using metabolomics to study the exposure to pollutants during pregnancy and the impact it has on fetal growth, as well as the future health of mother and baby. 

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 Maeve O'Connell

Maeve O'Connell is a graduate of both Nursing and Midwifery at UCC. She holds a Masters by research from King's College London, and her research interests include Perinatal Mental Health, Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy, and Normalising Birth. Maeve is currently a PhD student at the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT Centre), exploring Tacophobia (severe fear of childbirth) in Ireland, with a particular interest in investigating a potential treatment for this condition in first time mothers with a view to reducing caesarean section rates and improving perinatal mental health outcomes. In her spare time Maeve enjoys photography, travelling and music. 

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