Marie Culliton, M.Sc., M.B.A., F.AC.S.L.M.,
Laboratory Manager, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin
Marie Culliton entered the profession of Medical Science in 1973, commencing the certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences in Dublin, Ireland. In 1978, specialising in Microbiology, the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science was achieved. Marie then took a career change and opted for Clinical Chemistry. Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, London, was completed in 1980.
Marie has a specific interest in the disease Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. This formed the topic of her thesis while undertaking the MSc. in Clinical Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin which was completed in 1990. Predominant research work concerned examining the relationship of Androgens with 17α OH Progesterone in the treatment of this disease. In addition other research interests are the aetiology of the disease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and the investigation of Androgen excess states.
Marie continued her academic studies with an MBA in Health Services Management, from University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, awarded in 2001.With this additional qualification Marie moved into laboratory management, 1st as quality manager at St Vincent’s and now as Chief Medical Scientist and Laboratory Manager at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.
At The National Maternity Hospital, Marie has developed and interest in monitoring of Fetal Wellbeing. This encompasses the management of Rhesus Disease and also the emerging area of 1st Trimester Screening. The Biochemistry 1st Trimester Screening service at the National Maternity Hospital is accredited to ISO 15189.
Marie has been a member of the Council of The Academy of Medical Laboratory Science since 1985 and has served 2 terms as President. Marie has been a delegate to the European Association for Professions in Biomedical Science (EPBS) since 2001. She was President of EPBS from 2004-2018.
Marie was appointed by the Minister for Health and Children to the Council of CORU, the Registration Council for Allied Health Professionals where she served 2 terms and was Deputy Chair of the Council. She was subsequently appointed to the Medical Scientists Registration Board where she serves as Chair.
Along with other members of the profession Marie has been raising our profile in the media through appearances at the Oireachtas Health Committee, interviews on RTE and Newstalk radio, podcasts with Susan Mitchell and more recently on television.
Marie has been a delegate to the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS) on several occasions and has now been elected to its Board as President Elect.