Cork University Hospital

Clinical Trials Team

Cancer Trials Cork at Cork University Hospital (formerly known as the Oncology Clinical Trials Unit) was established in 2003. Professor Seamus O’Reilly, Consultant Medical Oncologist, was a founding Principal Investigator, and together with Ms Debra O’Hare, has been instrumental in overseeing its expansion over the the last two decades. Today, Cancer Trials Cork at CUH participates in clinical trials across medical oncology, radiation oncology, haematology, and surgical oncology.

We have over 20 Principal Investigators across cancer disciplines who are supported by a primary clinical trial team consisting of co-clinical directors: Dr Richard Bambury & Professor Roisin Connolly, cancer trials operational director: Ms Debra O’Hare, research nurses, radiation therapists, medical registrars, a clinical trials pharmacist, a research finance manager, a site set up specialist, data managers and clerical staff. We have been able to offer over 200 trials to our patients and have recruited nearly 4,000 people to translational/therapeutic clinical trials. In 2019, we relocated to our new headquarters based in the newly constructed, state of the art, Glandore Radiotherapy Centre at Cork University Hospital, where we have dedicated clinical trial clinics and offices.

Our vision is to offer the most promising and cutting-edge cancer treatment options to the people of Cork and the wider catchment area of Munster for which we serve as a tertiary referral centre. We aim to achieve this with a diverse portfolio which includes phase 1 to phase 3 translational, investigator-initiated and therapeutic trials across the majority of cancer subtypes and with proactive collaboration with other stakeholders. We receive key support from Cork University Hospital, South/Southwest Hospital Group, UCC Cancer Trials Group, Irish Research Radiation Oncology Group, Health Research Board, industry partners and Cancer Trials Ireland.

Meet The Team

Dr. Richard Bambury

Dr. Richard Bambury
Co-Director

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Prof. Roisin Connolly
Co-Director

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Debra O’Hare
Cancer Trials Operational Director

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Elaine Cronin

Research Data Management & Admin Lead

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Justin Dennehy
Research Finance Manager

David O'Riordan

David O’Riordan
Clinical Trials Pharmacist

Niamh Mulane
Clinical Trials Set Up Lead

Mary Glass Clinical Trial Set Up Specialist

Medical Oncology

Dr. Richard Bambury

Dr. Richard Bambury
Medical Oncology Clinical Lead, Principal Investigator

Prof. Jack Gleeson

Prof. Jack Gleeson
Principal Investigator

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Dr. Dearbhaile Collins
Principal Investigator

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Prof. Roisin Connolly
Principal Investigator

Professor Seamus O’Reilly

Prof. Seamus O’Reilly
Principal Investigator

Prof. Derek Power
Principal Investigator

Dr. Sinead Noonan
Principal Investigator

Dr. Hazel O’Sullivan
Principal Investigator

Liz Lenihan
Clinical Nurse Manager Lead

Edel Hassett
Research Nurse Manager
Nessa Gallwey
Research Nurse Manager
Aisling Howard
Research Nurse Manager

Vicky Avann
Research Nurse Manager

Arathy Kavalackal
Research Nurse Manager

Grace Walsh
Research Nurse Manager (BCRF)

Anne Marie Cusack
Research Nurse Manager (Liam Mc Trial)

Kate O Connell

Kate O’Connell
Research Nurse Manager (LYSA Trial)

Naoimh Flynn

Naoimh Flynn
Research Nurse Manager (LYSA Trial)

Louise O’Donovan
Senior Clinical Trial Coordinator

Ali Noureldein
Senior Clinical Trial Coordinator

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Ruby Sandra Olivera
Data Manager

Ahmad Mahdi
Data Manager

Mary Ryan
Research Assistant

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Emily O’Mahony
Research Assistant

Haematology

Dr. Vitaliy Mykytiv
Haematology Lead, Principal Investigator

Dr. Eoghan Molloy
Principal Investigator

Mary Cahill

Prof. Mary Cahill
Principal Investigator

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Dr. Oonagh Gilligan
Principal Investigator

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Dr. Aisling O’Brien
Principal Investigator

Dr. Clodagh Keohane
Principal Investigator

Laura Sheehan
Clinical Nurse Manager Lead

Chidilim Odisigo
Research Nurse Manager

Ali Noureldein
Senior Clinical Trial Coordinator

Mary Ryan
Research Assistant

Gopavaram Laalasa Reddy
Data Manager 

Radiation Oncology

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Prof. Aisling Barry
Radiation Lead, Principal Investigator

Bolanle Ofi

Dr. Bolanle Ofi
Radiation Co-lead

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Dr. Laura Royo
Radiation Co-Lead

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Dr. Carol McGibney
Principal Investigator

Dr. Muhammad Faisal Jamaluddin
Principal Investigator

Dr. Martin Higgins
Principal Investigator

Dr. Seán O’Cathail
Principal Investigator

Laura Sheehan
Clinical Nurse Manager Lead

Hollie Moffett
Radiation Therapist

Louise O’Donovan
Senior Clinical Trial Coordinator

Emily O’Mahony
Research Assistant

Surgical Oncology

Prof. H. Paul Redmond
Principal Investigator

Prof. Martin O’Sullivan
Principal Investigator

Prof. Mark Corrigan
Principal Investigator

Prof. Patrick Sheahan
Principal Investigator 

Prof. James Clover
Principal Investigator 

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Cancer Trials Waterford at University Hospital Waterford

Cancer Trials Waterford has eight PIs across cancer disciplines, research nurses, medical registrars, a study co-ordinator, data manager,  clinical trial pharmacist and a radiologist.

Cancer Trials Cork at Bon Secours Cork Cancer Centre

The oncology clinical trials team at Bon Secours Cork Cancer Centre includes Principal Investigators, research nurses, medical registrars, a data manager, a clinical trial pharmacist and a financial analyst.

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Our team works at the forefront of patient-focused research in Ireland, improving outcomes for those at risk of or living with cancer