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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 CHITIN Communications Manager and is responsible for all CHITIN Communications functions.
 
Debbie worked in media outlets for over 15 years before moving into Public Relations, specifically in health PR, where she worked for Belfast Strategic Partnership specialising in addressing health inequalities. She successfully rolled out a 'Take 5' campaign across Belfast; worked at Health and Social Care Board where she rolled out NI's first 'Choose Well' campaign and worked in Public Health Agency press office promoting messages in mental health and physical activity across Northern Ireland.

Danielle McMichael

Danielle is part of the HSC R&D Division team (PHA) and is Strand Administrator for the Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network. Before joining the team, Danielle studied Health, Physical Activity and Sport at Stranmillis University College Belfast. A student work placement at Belfast Health Development Unit put her on the public health pathway, where she supported several physical activity projects to address health inequalities in Belfast communities. 

Danielle worked as a Graduate Intern for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust for Specialist Hospitals and Women’s Health Directorate and service improvement projects within the Trust.

 

She is currently studying for a MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health at Ulster University.

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 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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