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 clinical research project manager for the ICC-CRC. Ciara obtained her MSc in Medical Molecular Genetics from The University of Aberdeen, followed by her PhD from Trinity College Dublin studying the genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders. Previously she has held positions in The Centre for Applied Genetics (TCAG) Toronto, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Cambridge and the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Trinity College Dublin. Ciara’s spare time is spent travelling or in the kitchen cooking up some Mediterranean dishes..

    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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  • Louise Burke

  • Research Assistant
  • Louise is currently working as a Research Assistant. Her previous experience along with her Diploma in Social Studies enhances the work within the team in all aspects. Louise also has extensive experience in Hospitality & Tourism and trained in Hotel & Catering. Prior to her present role she worked for six years in Event Management within the music industry. Louise’s experience in Hospitality & Tourism is a valuable asset for organising conferences and her organisational skills promote a professional UCD brand. Louise has four boys who also keep her busy, she day dreams of relaxing holidays and a tidy house

  • Executive Assistant,
  • 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.