Kay Curtin

Patient and Research Advocate

Kay Curtin is a Melanoma Cancer Patient of 14 years, at stage 4 since 2015. She is a founding member of Melanoma Support Ireland, a committee member of both the Health Research Board’s Public and patient involvement in research group and Irish Association for Cancer Research as well as being a patient consultant to Cancer Trials Ireland. During her time as both a patient and advocate she has gained a unique insight into the clinical trials process and the patient treatment pathway. She has attended national and international conferences and spoken widely on the patient perspective of treatment. Her main topics of interest are patient education and access to evidence-based treatment. She is also currently a student of University College Cork. 

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Dr Edward Kiely

Leading Paediatric Surgeon

Dr Kiely is a Paediatric Surgeon formerly based at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital (GOSH) in London. Born, raised and educated in Cork, Ireland he graduated from University College Cork in 1968. He completed his training as a senior registrar at GOSH, where he was appointed Consultant in 1983.
The author of over 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over twenty five chapters in Paediatric Surgical textbooks, Edward has maintained a keen interest in research and undergraduate education throughout his career. He is best known for the surgery of neuroblastoma and for the separation of conjoined twins. 

Amongst the honours he has received are a Hunterian Professorship (RCS), Clement Price Thomas Medal (RCS), Peter Paul Rickham Medal (Alder Hey Hospital), Honorary Fellowship (RCSI), and the Denis Brown Gold Medal (British Association of Paediatric Surgeons). 

Edward Kiely has also been invited abroad as Visiting Professor and as an operating surgeon in many countries. 


Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly

Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine, Cambridge University

A University College Dublin alumnus, Professor O'Rahilly is unquestionably one of the most eminent Irish figures in modern research.

Professor O'Rahilly has had a litany of honours bestowed on him throughout his extremely distinguished career.  He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. In 2013, he was knighted for his contribution to medical research. 

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Professor Orla Hardiman

Clinical Professor of Neurology, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Orla Hardiman has a longstanding record of research excellence which has seen her receive widespread acclaim domestically and abroad.

Her major research focus is motor neuron disease and related motor neuron degenerations, in addition to interests in genetics and clinical epidemiology.

Hardiman is the only Irish-based fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and is recognized as a leader in patient advocacy.