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Rhonda Campbell

Dr Rhonda Campbell is part of the HSC R&D Division team and is Programme Manager for the Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) project. Before joining the team Rhonda was a researcher and research lecturer with time spent in both QUB and UU. Her research career primarily focused on infection and immunity in a biomedical context. Including in the fields of (a) immunodiagnostics (b) HIV vaccine development on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Wellcome Trust funded project, part of the WHO's Global Health Initiative (c) epidemiology of birth defects through project management of the European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies Network (EUROCAT) and WHO Collaborating Centre, and on (d) biomarkers of inflammation in relation to complex pregnancy and high risk infants. Before joining HSC R&D Rhonda was involved with the If I were Jack trial – a multi-site cluster randomised trial of a film-based intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy and promote positive sexual health.

Amy McGowan

Dr Amy McGowan is part of the HSC R&D Division team and is Evaluation and Monitoring for the Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) project. Before joining the team Amy was a Research Officer within the Public Health Agency (PHA). 

Her work as a Research Officer within the PHA involved working on a range of topics including older adults, palliative care, screening and community planning. Furthermore, her PhD research explored the relationship between retinal vessel changes and several chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Chronic Kidney disease. This research variety has given Amy a passion for all aspects of Public Health, which ignited from her Master’s year at the Centre for Public Health and undergraduate degree in Public Health and Health Promotion at Sligo Institute of Technology.

Debbie McGrory

Debbie McGrory is Communications Manager for Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) and is responsible for raising awareness,  promoting Health Intervention Research messages and all communications functions in relation to the project.  

 

Debbie previously worked in media outlets including BBC Radio Ulster, UTv and Channel 4. Having briefly dabbled in business Public Relations she went on to work in health Communications roles with the Public Health Agency, Health and Social Care Board and Belfast Strategic Partnership, where she promoted public health health, rolled-out several high-profile public health information campaigns across Northern Ireland and championed health inequalities in the Belfast area.

Joanne O'Neill

Joanne O'Neill is Support Manager for the Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) project. Before joining the team Joanne was a Strand Administrator within the HSC R&D Division (PHA).

Joanne was as an active member of the support team responsible for administration of all aspects of awards stemming from the HSC R&D Strategy. This included project managing and financial monitoring of all research projects.

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