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CoMH Research and Innovation Committee

Committee Members 

Name and Email

Roles and Representations

Prof. Gerard O'Keeffe 


Dr. Fergus McCarthy

Vice Chair

Prof. Finbarr Allen

School of Dentistry

Prof. Geraldine Boylan

Futures Children & School of Medicine

Prof. Roisin Connolly

COMH - Cancer Research @UCC

Dr. Nicola Cornally

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Dr. Darren Dahly

School of Public Health

Dr. Sally Cudmore

Director of UCC Innovation

Dr. Brendan Curran

COMH - APC representative

Prof. Gene Dempsey

COMH - INFANT representative

Dr. John MacSharry

COMH Research Conference Development

Dr. Joe McVeigh

School of Clinical Therapies

Dr. Tanya Mulcahy

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI)

Prof. Yvonne Nolan 

Vice-Head for Graduate Studies, COMH 

Dr. David O’Connell 

Director of Research Support Services 

Prof. Caitriona O’Driscoll

Futures Medicines

Dr. Kathleen O’Sullivan 


Prof. Ivan Perry

Clinical Research Facility

Dr. Katie Ryan 

School of Pharmacy

Prof. Aideen Sullivan 

Futures Ageing & Brain Sciences 

Prof. Paul Ross

Food, Microbiome & Health

Dr. Ashleigh Byrne & Jacinta Moore

COMH R&I Coordination/Administration

Terms of Reference 

UCC College of Medicine and Health Research and Innovation Committee Terms of Reference are availabe to read.

Please click on CoMH Research & Innovation Committee - Terms of Reference


Committe Meeting Dates 2024

Please note that meeting locations are yet to be confirmed.

Friday 26th January  

Friday 1st March 

Friday 5th April 

Friday 3rd May 

Friday 7th June 

Friday 5th July 

Friday 2nd August 

Friday 6th September 

Friday 4th October 

Friday 1st November 

Friday 13th December 

These dates are subject to change.

Please submit documents to the Research Committee (to Jacinta Moore) 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. 



CoMH Futures Research Conference 2023

A new era of Academic Health Sciences System Partnership for Global Health and Disease

Our CoMH Futures Research Conference took place on Thursday 21st September 2023 in Devere Hall, UCC.

The theme of the conference this year was ‘Futures’ to reflect the recent launch of UCC Futures, an ambitious new programme of research prioritisation that is a core part of UCC’s new strategic plan. 

The CoMH Futures Research Conference showcased the diverse range of fundamental, translational and clinical research in CoMH that is central to UCC Futures and to the Academic Health Sciences System Partnership in the South/South West region. 

The conference explored research from key areas including Future Medicines, Future Ageing and Brain Sciences, Children, Food, Microbiome and Health.

We welcomed researchers from all career stages to showcase and present their work, make new connections and explore new opportunities for collaboration.

The event recognised outstanding UCC research outputs and highlighted world-class research and innovation taking place at UCC with partners across the community, industry and the health system.

The conference also showcased the research performed by undergraduate and postgraduate students and included oral presentations featuring ten minute ‘Latest Advances’ and three minute ‘Elevator Pitches’.

Professor Helen Whelton, Head of College of Medicine and Health UCC said: “Today’s futures research conference reflects the vision of UCC Futures to inspire, engage and enable our researchers to create the future. It shows how our research is and will transform our approaches to health and healthcare as part of the UCC Futures framework. We work with exceptional researchers. Their pioneering work, their ideas, their innovative proposals transform their research into impact that helps transform human lives, advances economic development and addresses global grand challenges in health and disease. The work we see here today is central also to the development of the Academic Health Sciences System  (AHSS) in the South/South West region, which is a fully coordinated partnership between University College Cork and partners in the healthcare system. AHSS will ensure that advances in research and innovation are translated into direct benefits for patients. The work presented today is core to that ambition. It is inspiring to see this work and how it addresses emerging societal needs and global grand health challenges to secure a better future for us all”.


2022 CoMH Research Conference "from Molecules to People" 

The inaugural CoMH Research Conference, "from Molecules to People", took take place on 22nd September 2022 in the Devere Hall, UCC. This highly successful Conference showcased the diverse range of basic, translational and people centric research across the College of Medicine and Health.






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