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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.

Barry Henderson

Barry Henderson is Senior Industry Liaison Manager within CHITIN and HSC NI’s R&D Division. He promotes and facilitates engagement with the life science and health technology industry sectors to explore clinical research, innovation and collaboration.

Barry is also co-founder and Director of a health technology company, Airbrio, which develops health technology aimed at improving drug delivery via metered dose inhalers. In addition, he is Principal Consultant at Marlborough BioConsulting, previously working with mainly precision medicine and data driven health science ventures.

He has recently completed a three-year contract as Business Development Director, leading the Life Sciences sector with Invest NI’s US Office, and brings a wealth of relevant experience, having previously held roles in biomedical research, sales & marketing within the biotech sector and life science innovation management with Ulster University. 

Barry played a founding role in developing and establishing the Clinical Translational Research & Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) and served as Business Development Manager there until 2014.

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 the Communications Manager at CHITIN and is responsible for all CHITIN Communications functions within the Health and Social Care Research & Development Division at the Public Health Agency (PHA).

Debbie has a wide range of media experience working in Northern Ireland and the UK, having previously worked in the BBC, UTV and C4 before moving into Communications.  Debbie has specialised in Health Public Relations for the past 10 years where she worked in the PHA's press office, promoting public health messages across NI, then worked in the Health and Social Care Board as a Press Officer where she was Communications Lead on NI's first 'Choose Well' campaign. Debbie has a keen interest in Health Inequalities after working for the Belfast Strategic Partnership for several years before joining the CHITIN team.  She successfully rolled out a 'Take 5' campaign across Belfast, which then became a regional campaign run by the PHA. A keen walker, reader and foodie, Debbie likes to go to a music gig when she isn't working. 

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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