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Dr Susie Clarke graduated from University College Dublin in July 1994. She commenced her training on the Trinity College Dublin medical training scheme and progressed from there to completing higher-level training in GenitoUrinary Medicine at the GUIDE Clinic at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. During this time, Dr Clarke completed a postgraduate MD thesis on the pharmacokinetics of Antiretroviral therapy in persons who inject drugs (PWID). She then commenced a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Boston University, USA, which she completed in 2003, being awarded best Clinical Fellow and Teaching Fellow from the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Dr Clarke subsequently worked in North Manchester General Hospital as a consultant in Infectious Diseases until taking up her current post in the GUIDE Clinic in St James’s Hospital in 2004. Dr Clarke was appointed the National Clinical Lead for the National OPAT Program in 2013 and clinically led on the National development and evolution of this new initiative. Her research interests include pharmacokinetics of medications particularly drug-drug interactions, antibiotic stewardship, OPAT, Orthopedic prosthetic joint infections, and Vascular graft infections.
Professor Karina Butler is UCD Clinical Professor of Paediatrics, Consultant Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Specialist at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin and Temple Street Children's University Hospital. A former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland (2018-2020), she chairs the National Immunisation Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and is Chair of PENTA Foundation UK, an independent charity that seeks to promote research into infectious disease in children as part of the wider Penta Network. Appointed to the National Public Health Emergency Team in late 2020, she is also a member of the COVID-19 Expert Advisory Group of the Health Information and Quality Authority. She has served on the national tuberculosis and scientific advisory committees of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the steering committee member of the Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS and Infectious Diseases (PENTA-ID). Her clinical research has focussed on prevention and management of HIV infection in children and adolescents. As Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee she is committed to the prevention of infectious diseases using safe and effective vaccines, thus protecting the health of our population.
Eoghan de Barra received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin and proceeded to gain specialist training in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine in Ireland and South Africa.
In 2011 he took up a post as Research Fellow and Lecturer in the department of Tropical Medicine and International Health at the RCSI and conducted malaria vaccine research work in Dublin and at the University of Oxford, UK.
In 2014 he went to Imperial College NHS Trust, London as a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine, where he was the clinical lead for the OPAT programme, a site lead for Neuro-Infection, a regional lead for TB including large numbers of MDR TB and led the Trust’s Ebola response, as well as directing and advising Infection Prevention and Control practitioners as part of an integrated Clinical Infection unit. He served as a supervisor for joint Microbiology, Virology, Infectious Diseases and General Medicine trainees on RCPath and JRCPTB schemes, and for Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Pharmacist independent prescribing candidates.
In 2017 he returned to Dublin taking up a post as Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Senior Lecturer at Beaumont Hospital / RCSI. Research interests include Tropical Medicine, vaccine development, TB, resource limited acute care, OPAT and antimicrobial prescribing.
Professor Mary Horgan is President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, former Dean of the School of Medicine at UCC and Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases at Cork University Hospital. She graduated from University College Dublin in 1986.
Professor Horgan undertook a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases in Washington University Medical School, St Louis, USA and was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1995. She returned to Ireland in 1997 to take up the position of Consultant in Infectious Diseases.
Professor Horgan was appointed as Dean of the Medical School in UCC in 2013 and held the position for a 4-year term.
Professor Horgan has been a Ministerial appointment of number of Health service-related National Boards including HPRA and IBTS. She was appointed Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee on COVID-19, is a member of the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Group reporting to the Minister for Health and a member of the group reporting on the strategy for Whole Genomic Sequencing of Variants. She is on the GAA’s expert Advisory Committee on COVID19 and worked with World Rugby on Return to Play strategy. She has worked on the frontline at Cork University Hospital during each wave of the pandemic.
She was awarded the UCD Alumni award for health in 2019.
Professor Horgan was elected as President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, the first women to hold this position since the College’s foundation in 1654.
Dr Eavan Muldoon is a consultant in Infectious Diseases in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the National Clinical Lead for OPAT and CIT programmes in the HSE.
Dr Muldoon graduated from University College Dublin (2002) and completed Infectious Diseases Specialist registrar training in Ireland, completing a Doctor of Medicine (Trinity College Dublin - 2011) during that time. Following her training in Ireland, she completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Transplant Infectious Diseases, in Tufts Medical Center Boston (2010-2013). She was the inaugural recipient of the Frank P. Tally Fellowship in Infectious Diseases in Tufts Medical Center, and was awarded the Kass award for clinical excellence from the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society. She also completed a Masters of Public Health in Tufts University Boston (2013).
On completion of fellowship, Dr Muldoon joined the team in the National Aspergillosis Centre in Manchester, where she worked as a Consultant in Infectious Diseases, and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Manchester for four years. In April 2017 she returned to Dublin to take up a post as Consultant in Infectious Diseases in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. In 2019 she was appointed as National Clinical Lead for OPAT and CIT programmes in the HSE.
She has a keen interest in clinical mycology, antimicrobial stewardship and outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT).