Professor Stephen Byrne
Stephen joined UCC in 2004 and was subsequently appointed to the Chair of Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Head of the School of Pharmacy in October 2013. For the last two years, Stephen has held the position of Dean of Undergraduate Studies at UCC and has co-led Priorities 2 and 5 of UCC’s Academic Strategy, while being an active member of several university committees including Academic Council, Academic Board, ACRIC and Academic Council Learning and Teaching.
Stephen graduated from the University of Sunderland (UK) in 1996 with a 1st class Honours Degree in Pharmacy, before embarking on his clinical training in Scotland, Dublin and Limerick. In 2002 he graduated from the School of Pharmacy, Trinity College Dublin, having completed his PhD in the area of artificial intelligence and its role in the management of oral anticoagulant therapy.
During his time as Head of the School of Pharmacy, he led the educational reform of the Pharmacy degree in UCC and nationally, which resulted in the implementation of a 5-year integrated Masters degree. Stephen has expanded UCC's international agenda through his collaborations with Future University in Egypt. His leadership is characterised by respect, collegiality and collaboration. He is highly attuned to the necessity of navigating political landscapes and does so with poise and authenticity.
Stephen has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and has supervised 20 PhD students during his time in UCC. He has been co-investigator on three EU research projects and has developed a wide network of international collaborators. Among his many research achievements, he is part of a UCC team that developed the STOPP/START criteria which has been endorsed internationally and adapted into treatment pathways for older persons worldwide. His research team have also worked in the field of antimicrobial usage patterns and he was part of a multidisciplinary team to publish the first set of national antimicrobial guidelines for use in primary care in 2011. Stephen has co-chaired a National Guideline development group, he has acted has conference host/chairperson for international conferences and has actively participated in national meetings and policy development groups.
Stephen is married to Sandra and they have three sons. At the weekends he can be found on the sideline in Highfield RFC organising and managing the Under 11 rugby team.