College of Medicine and Health Research Committee

Committee Members 


Liam Fanning


Michael Clarkson (Vice Dean R&I, CoMH)

Vice Chair/HSE

John MacSharry

School of Medicine

Nicole Muller 

School of Clinical Therapies

Declan Millet

School of Dentistry

Katie Ryan 

School of Pharmacy

Frances Shiely 

School of Public Health

Nicola Cornally 

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Gene DempseyBrendan CurranMairead Harding 

Representing CoMH RICUs

Roisin Connolly 


Joe EustaceJoanne Walsh-Crowley 


Tanya Mulcahy

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI)

David O'Connell

Director of Research Support Services, OVPRI.

Kathleen O’Sullivan


Kathryn Neville

CoMH Manager

Ashleigh Byrne

CoMH Research & Innovation Coordinator  - Admin


Committee Meeting Dates 2022 / 2023

September 27

November 08

January 24


Please submit documents to the Research Committee (to for review 10 working days in advance of a meeting. Documents submitted for review after this timeline may be deferred until the next available meeting. 

*Please note, these dates are subject to change.


2022 CoMH Research Conference from Molecules to People 

The inaugural CoMHResearch Conference, from Molecules to People, will take place 22 September 2022 in the Devere Hall, UCC. The Conference aims to showcase the diverse range of basic, translational and people centric research across the College of Medicine and Health. Read the From Molecules to People programme v2From Molecules to People programme v2


A summary of activities from 2020 which align with the CoMH Strategy Roadmap to 2023  

  1. Established and ran the CiSA awards, supporting 7 clinical/academic teams to pursue new research. Held a launch event where the successful teams presented their proposed projects. This was attended by representatives from our Industry Partners who provides the funding.
  2. Statistician Kathleen O Sullivan joined the RC to provide biostatistical support to the CiSA applicants and general support.
  3. Invited Chairs of SREC and CREC to a meeting to discuss the processes.
  4. Invited Helena Buffery, Head of CACSS to present the CACSS Impact Case Study Template Guidance Document. Helena was happy to give workshops on this to CoMH researchers in 2020.
  5. Invited CRF-C to discuss their roles and processes. Discussed management of a Biobank. Suggested setting up a dedicated committee.
  6. Invited OCLA to discuss processes and how we can best work together. Many issues discussed.
  7. Invited Sean McCarthy to discuss and evaluate the pilot European Research Strategy that some CoMH PIs took part in. The success of the programme was discussed – we have two collaborative proposals as a result.
  8. Discussed the Strategy Document and how the committee can drive and support CoMH goals.
  9. Discussed the removal of EndNote subscription and alternative options. Ongoing.


Terms of Reference 

UCC College of Medicine and Health Research Committee Terms of Reference

Type: Standing
Role / Purpose

  • The purpose of the College of Medicine and Heath (CoMH) Research Committee is to promote
    and support high quality healthcare research, to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration
    across the member Schools and to foster a culture of research within the CoMH and its
    affiliated healthcare institutions.

Function and Objective:

  • To promote high quality research endeavour within the CoMH as an integrated activity aligned
    with our teaching mission.
  • To develop and review policies and practices to improve the quality, impact and quantity of
    research activity within the CoMH, to monitor their implementation and evaluate outcomes.
  • To promote networking and interdisciplinary collaborative research between the member
    Schools of the College.
  • To organise regular college-wide research dissemination and networking events.
  • To work with researchers and RICUs to promote and support grant applications to national
    and international funding bodies.
  • To communicate and publicise the successes and outputs of CoMH research activities through
    a dedicated public relations strategy.
  • To foster clinical research collaboration between affiliated healthcare institutions and the
    CoMH and other Colleges within UCC.
  • To foster and support research and development with industry partners in the region.
  • To review the goals and monitor implementation of the CoMH Research Strategy.

Members and Terms of Membership:

The CoMH Research Committee membership is as follows:

  • 1 representative from each of the Schools, with a named deputy, should that member be
    unable to attend meetings.
  • 1 representative of the APC Microbiome, INFANT, Cancer Research @ UCC and Health
    Innovation Hub Ireland.
  • A representative of the office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.
  • The CoMH Vice Dean of Research and Innovation (VDR&I)
  • The CoMH Vice Dean of Graduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Learning
  • The Research Support Officer to the CoMH VDR&I.

Membership will run for 3 years and is predicated on attendance of at least two meetings per year.
Any member absent for three consecutive meetings may be asked to resign their Committee
membership by the Chair. Membership of the Committee can be modified by the Chair; in consultation
with the CoMH VDR&I.

Meeting arrangements:

Six meetings per year or as required by the CoMH VDR&I or the Chair of the Committee. A quorate of
five members excluding Chair, will be required for each meeting. Meetings cancelled due to lack of a
quorate are to be rescheduled to take place within four weeks.


The committee will report to:

  • The CoMH College Executive Committee.
  • The Head of CoMH.
  • The Office for the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

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