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Professor Mary Cahill appointed Interim Director at Cork Cancer Research Centre

Posted on: 31 May 2017

Professor Mary Cahill appointed Interim Director at Cork Cancer Research Centre



Cork Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) and University College Cork (UCC) are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Mary Cahill as interim Director at the centre. Prof Cahill works as a Consultant Haematologist in Cork University Hospital and in University Hospital Kerry. She been a CCRC Clinical Investigator, collaborating with Centre staff for more than ten years. Prof. Cahill took up the role in May having been engaged with the centre as a collabrator since 2014.



Prof. Cahill is a UCC graduate (1986). She trained in clinical and laboratory haematology in the UK and has been involved in research and clinical trials in the both Ireland and the UK. She is the Co-PI on a grant from SFI/ICS to enhance the daignosis and management of blood cancers in Ireland. This grant, with NUIG as the lead institution and also involving Trinity and UCD, ties CCRC into a national movement to enhance research and access to early phase clnical trials in blood cancers.





Full Biography below:

Mary Cahill graduated from UCC in 1986. Having completed two years training in CUH she took up a training post in haematology in Leicester and then in the Royal London. During her time in London she completed two years of full time research on platelets and platelet function in myeloproliferative disorders, culminating in an MD award from the University of London.


She left London in 1997 to become the first (and only) Consultant Haematologist in the Mid Western Health Board providing service to Nenagh, Ennis and St John’s hospitals as well as the Mid Western Regional Hospital (now University Hospital Limerick-UHL). She gained funding from the HRB for the clinical trials unit in UHL.


She moved to CUH in 2004 where she continued her interest in clinical trials. She has a major interest in teaching medical and science students in UCC. Since 2014, she has combined her full time clinical post with ongoing collaborative research, focusing on autophagy in leukaemia with her colleague Dr Sharon McKenna in CCRC. Drs Cahill and McKenna have co-supervised two medical doctors carrying out research and both are likely to be future clinician scientist leaders in haematology in the future. Dr Cahill has supervised three other PhD students and many masters students registered in UCC, Colraine and CIT.


Prof Cahill has research links with numerour departments including, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, CRF, HRB-Clinical trials unit, NCRI and BCNI. She is urrently involved in a large study on the diagnosis of pre-myeloma and myeloma in collaboration with Epidemiology and Public Health in UCC, thereby providing further links between CCRC and other UCC Departments.


In 2015, she was awarded a SFI/ICS grant, in collaboration with colleagues in NUIG and TCD, to establish an all Ireland phase one clinical trials network firmly rooted in National Cancer Registry enhanced data collection and with additional funded enhanced bio-banking for blood cancers. This initiative, will allow for further blood cancer related research to be rooted in CCRC with enhanced opportunities for national collaboration with NUIG and TCD.