Meet the Team

Prof Alistair Nichol

Prof Alistair Nichol

  • Director ICC-CRC
  • Chair of Criticial Care Medicine in UCD
  • Chair of the Irish Critical Care Clinical Trials Group
  • UCD Professor of Critical Care Medicine
  • Consultant Intensivist / Anesthetist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital
  • Alistair is the Chair of Critical Care Medicine in University College Dublin (UCD), the Chair of the Irish Critical Care Clinical Trials Group (ICC-CTG) and the Director of the Irish Critical Care- Clinical Research Core (ICC-CRC) methodology centre in Dublin, Ireland. Alistair is a Fellow (Honorary visiting) in Tropical Medicine at Oxford University, where he works with the International Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Consortium. He has a particularly long commute as he also works in the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre in Melbourne. Alistair works clinically in St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin and is an honorary Intensivist in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Apart from having four jobs Alistair also has 4 kids under 6 years of age. He obviously therefore has no hobbies, no sporting interests but he lives in hope of this improving :)

    Dr Ciara Fahey

  • Project Manager
  • Ciara is the Programme Manager for the ICC-CTN. She obtained her degree in Biochemistry from NUIG, followed by her Masters in Human Medical Molecular Genetics from the University of Aberdeen and her PhD in the Genetics of Neuropsychiatric disorders from Trinity College Dublin. Before starting in the ICC-CTN Ciara worked in the area of genetic research in The Centre for Applied Genomics in Toronto and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge. In her spare time Ciara likes to run, travel, cook and watch Murder she Wrote!

    Kathy Bricknell

    Kathy Bricknell

  • Research Coordinator
  • Kathy Brickell is the ICU Research Coordinator. Qualified as an RGN from St Vincent’s Hospital and completed her ICU training in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital - Kathy has over 15 years of ICU experience including clinical trials in addition to 4 years of retrieval medicine. Kathy spends her spare time under the water - chilling and admiring the life! Prefer the warm water but the Irish dive sites have an abundance of life and amazing photography, there is nothing like seeing the coastline of Ireland from a boat!

  • ICU Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Research Centre
  • St Vincents Hospital
  • Elm Park
  • Dublin 4
  • Tel: +353 1 7165826
  • Tel: +353 1 2213023
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  • Kate Ainscough

  • Research Coordinator
  • Kate is the project manager for the TAME Cardiac Arrest and REST trials. Kate has a background in food and nutrition; obtaining an undergraduate degree in Food Science in UCD’s School of Agriculture and Food Science, and subsequently completing an MSc in Human Nutrition in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. She recently completed her PhD which focused on nutrition and health in pregnancy within the UCD School of Medicine. In her spare time, Kate enjoys the company of family, friends and her boxer dogs, cooking and eating, going to the gym and reading books on philosophy!

  • Project Manager
  • Clinical Research Centre
  • St Vincents Hospital
  • Elm Park
  • Dublin 4
  • Tel: +353 1 7165826
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  • Dr Dave Cosgrove

    Dr Dave Cosgrove

  • Clinical Research Fellow
  • David is one of the hepatobiliary and liver transplant anaesthesia fellows in St Vincent’s University Hospital and alongside his clinical work is currently enrolled in a Research MD in UCD. His MD thesis is on the topic of Intrathecal Morphine Usage in Major Hepatobiliary Surgery, and he is involved in the NAPRESSIM Trial – the use of low dose prophylactic naloxone infusion to prevent respiratory depression with intrathecal morphine, which forms the main part of his thesis. He passed the fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland in 2014 and is due to be awarded Certification of Specialist Registration in Anaesthesia in July 2016. David’s has a daughter under 2 to keep him busy outside of work, and enjoys swimming and running when time allows.

    Dr Prasanth Sukumar

    PhD Fellow

    Prasanth Sukumar is a PhD fellow in the School of Medicine at the University College Dublin. His research mainly focuses on the issues in conducting clinical research during public health emergencies. His PhD project is associated with a large European Commission funded project “Platform for European Preparedness against Re-emerging Epidemics (PREPARE)” in which he investigates the problems and issues in obtaining ethical and regulatory approvals in different European Union Member States. Prasanth is a trained quantitative and qualitative researcher experienced in working with large international projects; many of them are focusing on pandemic preparedness at global level. Prasanth holds a BSc degree (Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics), an M.A in Rural Management, MPhil in Population Science (JNU, New Delhi), and MSocSc in Health and Illness (UCD)

    Dr Rob Mac Sweeney

    Dr Rob Mac Sweeney

    Honorary Consultant ICC-CRC

    Intensivist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

    Rob runs the popular Critical Care Reviews project, spanning a website, newsletter, annual meeeting, annual book and podcast, focusing on the dissemination of critical care research and knowledge. He also co-founded a platinimum open access critical care journal, Critical Care Horizons. In addition to running the annual Critical Care Reviews Meeting, Rob also sits on the organising committees for the SMACC Conference and the UK Intensive Care Society State-of-the-Art Meeting. He has also built websites for Critical Care Reviews, the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society, the International ECMO Network (in progress) and the ICC-CTG. As a prominent clinican in critical care social media, he is also a regular speaker nationally and internationally. Rob brings these extensive skills to the ICC-CRC and the ICC-CTG to improve its social media presence and generate a series of research podcasts.

    Dr John-Paul

    John-Paul is a PREPARE Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Medicine at University College Dublin. As a qualitative sociologist, his research explores key facets of clinical research which link to broader notions and experiences of care (e.g. ethics, autonomy, consent, embedding etc.) from the perspective of multiple stakeholders.

    John-Paul obtained his PhD in Sociology from Maynooth University studying the experience of autonomy and stressors in the working lives of IT workers in Ireland and Denmark. He has previously held research positions on a European Research Council (ERC) funded project on working conditions in Europe (New Deals in the New Economy), and a HRB funded project on the experience of patient-centred epilepsy care in Ireland (Epilepsy Partnership in Care). John-Paul is a recipient of the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council (2012). He has a Bachelor of Social Science and Masters in Sociology from UCD. His research interests include autonomy, patient-centred care, psychosocial working conditions, and qualitative methods.

    Dr. Leanne Hays

    Leanne is a postdoctoral research scientist who currently works as a research assistant within the ICU research team. Leanne carried out her PhD in the Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Trinity College Dublin where she studied novel strategies to prevent Staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation. She has a keen interest in human health research particularly in the area of infectious diseases. In her free time she loves to travel and enjoy good food.

    Prof Danny McAuley

    Prof Danny McAuley

  • Immediate Past Chair Irish CTG
  • Professor in Intensive Care medicine, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Co-Director of Research for the Intensive Care Society
  • Intensivist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
  • Danny's major research area is acute lung injury. His research portfolio spans the investigation of intial novel therapeutic agents in vitro, human models of ALI, phase 2 clinical trials and large scale international phase 3 clinical trials. He is presently the chief investigator for the REST Trial, investigating extra-corporeal CO2 removal in critically ill patients with respiratory failure. Other research interests are vascular reactivity in critical illness, nosocomial MRSA and fungal infection, acute kidney injury, delirium in critical illness and interventions in patients undergoing major vascular surgery to avoid pulmonary complications.