About

The Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine, the professional body representing medical scientists in Ireland. Medical science is a regulated and state registered profession
The Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU established its register on 31 March 2019. As and from this date the Medical Scientists Registration Board is designated as the Competent Authority for the profession of Medical Scientist under the relevant legislation.

The vision of the Academy is “To support excellence in clinical science and laboratory medicine, and in doing so, enhance patient outcomes”.

Laboratory medicine is a clinical service and the clinical sciences that underpin laboratory medicine are; Cellular Pathology (Histopathology), Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, POCT, Transfusion and Transplantation Science and Virology. Medical scientists are at the forefront not only in the provision of these services but in the management and delivery of the services.

ACSLM Staff, Council Members, Council Committees & Directors/Members

ACSLM Staff

President: Bernadette Jackson – president@acslm.ie

Vice President: Brigid Lucey – Brigid.lucey@cit.ie

Membership/Fellowship: Sinéad Wall – mail@acslm.ie

Finance Administration: Ms. Jennifer Carey – finance@acslm.ie

CPD Officer’s: Ms Jemma Kehoe & Mr Leo Mulvany – cpd@acslm.ie

Executive Officer: Ms. Helen Barry – ceo@acslm.ie

Council Members

Bernadette Jackson – President, ACSLM

ACSLM CEO, Helen Barry

Helen Barry MBA, MSc, FAMLS, HDip Healthcare RM, DipSHWWW.

 Professional Qualifications

MBA in Healthcare Management – HETAC
HDip Healthcare Risk Management – UCD
Dip Safety Health and Welfare at Work – UCD
MSc Microbiology – UCD
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry – UCC

 

 Additional Courses

Accounting for Non Financial Managers – UCD, 2002
Quality Management – Smurfit Business School, 2003
Six Sigma Green Belt – ASQ, 2006

 

Committees
I have served on a number of committees,.

HSA Advisory Committee H&S in Healthcare – 1999-2001

Academy of Medical Laboratory Science, Council Member – 2007 – 2010

Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Scientific Advisory Committee – 2004 – 2008

Women in Technology and Science (WITS) Ireland, Executive Member – 2005 – 2012

HSE Working Group, Centralisation of Virology Services – 2012 to 2014

HSE GC Control Group Resources Sub Committee – 2013 to 2017

 

Lectures
I have lectured at all the major third level colleges, NUIG, UCD, TCD, TU Dublin in general Microbiology, Biosafety, Health Care Management, clinical risk management, occupational health and safety.

I have presented at many conferences including LabCon, BioMedica and the Heath Summit.

 

Vice President: Dr Brigid Lucey, Cork Institute of Technology

DR BRIGID LUCEY

Dr Brigid Lucey, FACSLM, FIBMS, PG Dip TLHE, FRCPath is currently Head of the Department of Biological Sciences in Munster Technological University (MTU). Dr Lucey was President of the Academy between 2018 and 2020. Dr Lucey’s specialist areas are molecular biology, medical microbiology, quality management and scientific writing and she is supervisor to a number of PhD students, currently. Dr Lucey has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Biomedical Science. Prior to joining the lecturing staff in MTU fulltime in 2010, Dr Lucey worked as medical scientist, mainly in Cork University Hospital.

 

Treasurer: Mr. Brian O’Malley, Cavan General Hospital, Cavan

Past President: Dr Irene Regan, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital

Ms Sinéad Creagh, Cork University Hospital

Sinead is a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Sciences and Laboratory Medicine, she is currently Laboratory Manager at Cork University Hospital.  Her academic background includes BSc in Biomedical Sciences from CIT/UCC, MSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ulster, Diplomas in Quality Management and Leadership.  She has completed FRCPath Part 1 in Medical Microbiology and is currently her second year of Leading Care MSc as part of the HSE Leadership Academy awarded by UCC.

Sinead was a Medical Scientist in the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Cork University Hospital for seventeen years, seven of which were at a senior grade.  As the Laboratory Manager, she oversees CUH’s Laboratory, Phlebotomy and Post Mortem departments.  Sinead represents the laboratory at a number of collaborative groups at local, regional and national levels.

Ms Marie Culliton, National Maternity Hospital

Marie Culliton. M.Sc., M.B.A., F.A.C.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.

Mr Fergus Guilfoyle, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital

Dr Fidelma Hernon, Blackrock Clinic

 

Ms Deirdre Keating, St Vincent’s University Hospital

Deirdre Keating, SP Medical Scientist, St Vincent’s University Hospital.

Deirdre graduated form DIT in 2003 and completed her MSc in 2006. She has been employed in St. Vincent’s University Hospital since 2008.  The majority of her research has focused on Cystic Fibrosis Microbiology, centred around improving microbial identification and typing methods and investigating potential therapeutic effects of novel combination antimicrobial agents in this cohort of patient.

Since March 2020, she been responsible for setting up and running the Molecular Microbiology lab in SVUH, which was created in response to the need to test for the novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

 

Ms Alison Malkin, TU Dublin

Ms Maria Molloy, University Hospital Galway

Maria Molloy is the Laboratory Manager for Galway University Hospitals (GUH) and is about to embark on a new role of Deputy General Manager, GUH.  She has worked as a medical scientist for almost 15 years, in a number of different roles within Ireland and the UK.  She is a graduate of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science), Dublin institute of Technology (Honours Degree in Biomedical Science) and NUI Galway (Research Masters in Biomedical Science).
She began her career working within the Public Health Microbiology Laboratory, GUH working under the ISO17029 standards, with INAB accreditation.  After a career break, travelling throughout South America and South East Asia for a year, she practised as a multi-disciplinary medical scientist within the Galway Clinic.  From here she moved to London to take up the role of a medical scientist within the Royal Free NHS Hospital in North West London.  During her years here, she learned many emerging technologies at the time (MALDI, molecular testing of GI infections, Sanger sequencing/bioinformatics of non-culturable organisms).
Being a home bird, Maria moved back to Galway and GUH within the Microbiology Department, working to ISO15189 standards and INAB accreditation.  In 2017, she became the first Surveillance Scientist to be part of the newly formed Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control team (AMRIC), led by Prof Martin Cormican.  She focused on data analysis and reporting from the National CPE reference laboratory, and convened the first HSE HCAI/MDRO Medical Scientist Network that met each quarter.  This was a great platform for medical scientists to present their experience with HCAI/MDRO diagnosis and outbreak control as well as a space for shared learning across all Microbiology laboratories throughout Ireland.  In her current role she managed the Laboratory through the very challenging past year, working with her great team of medical scientists, support staff and clerical staff, to meet the demands of COVID-19 testing and providing laboratory diagnostics to aid clinicians in the treatment of COVID-19 cases.

 

Dr Brian Moran, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Dr Brian Moran, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Lecturer in Medical Science – Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

 In 2010, Brian graduated with an honours degree in Medical Science from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), majoring in Medical Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry. Subsequently he undertook an MSc and PhD in Biomedical Science in Ulster University (UU) Coleraine. His PhD focused on developing novel therapies for type 2 diabetes mellitus which resulted in 9 peer reviewed publications.
Following completion of his PhD, he returned to the clinical laboratory where he worked as a Medical Scientist and Clinical Biochemist throughout a number of Irish hospitals for a few years. In 2017, Brian took up his current role as Lecturer in Medical Science at GMIT and has thought across a wide range of programmes include Medical Science and Biomedical Engineering. Additionally, he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in GMIT and is actively involved in MSc/PhD research supervision within the institute.
Recently he was awarded the President’s Award for Research Excellence and Impact in the Early Career Researcher category. Brian is the GMIT academic representative on the ACSML council.

 

Mr Patrick Mulhare, Waterford Regional Hospital

Mr Paudy O’Gorman, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Paudy O Gorman in an experienced laboratory practitioner with particular interest in Near Patient Testing, Information Management and Lean Six Sigma. Paudy has worked as Point Of Care Testing Manager in two of Dublin’s larger University Teaching Hospitals over the last 15 years. In this time he has implemented many different POCT systems including HbA1c, Blood Gas, Blood Glucose and Ketone, INR and Rotem. In these roles Paudy developed a keen interest in POCT connectivity and how this can best be achieved. Under Paudy’s leadership the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital achieved Accreditation against ISO 15189 & 22870 and continues to expand upon the scope of Accredited POCT applications.

Paudy is also a Lean practitioner holding a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. In 2016 Paudy was appointed as POCT Lead for the National MedLIS Project in Ireland and is the MedLIS Implementation Lead for the Mater Hospital. Paudy was responsible for the implementation of NPEx in the Mater during 2020 and currently works with the Mater Transformation team which facilitates major change projects across the hospital.

 

Council Committees

Council has fifteen Committees. Each Committee has a Director and team members. Committees are grouped based on function. The President and Vice-President are ‘ex-officio’ members of all groups/Committees. Where necessary a member of the office team provides support.

Council Committees

Strategic Planning

This group examines strategic options and decisions that need to be taken by the Academy, to ensure its future advancement and the best interests of the profession, and management of Public Relations.

Education

This group is responsible for all educational matters. It is divided into 3 committees with designated responsibilities.

Programmes: Coordination of and responsibility for educational programmes of the Academy

Scientific Development: Exploring opportunities for the scientific development of Academy Members to achieve their full potential.

Validation: Review of courses offered by academic institutions submitted for approval by the Academy.

Organisation

This group is responsible for all events organised by the Academy and services to members

Events: Management of Conference, BioMedica and other Academy functions.

Advisory Bodies: Coordination of the discipline specific Advisory Bodies and their activities

CPD: Management and oversight of the CPD programme of the Academy

Management

Finance: Financial Directors overseeing the income/expenditure activities of AMLS operations.

Membership: Examination of qualifications submitted by candidates, with a view to granting eligibility for Membership of the Academy.

House / Office: Management of the Academy office premises staff and facilities

Communications

Converse / Publications: Responsible for the production of Converse and monitoring the Academy’s interests in the Journal of Biomedical Science

Web Site: Development and use of the website as a communication tool for the Academy

Regulation

Statutory Registration: Responsible for monitoring and advising on the implementation of Statutory Registration of Medical Scientists.

Accreditation: Responsible for development of policies for the Academy pertaining to accreditation. Promotion of Accreditation of Clinical Medical Laboratories in Ireland.

International Affairs: Academy liaison with International Organisations representing and concerned with Biomedical Laboratory Science issues.

Committee Director Members
Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning R. McCafferty M. Culliton, B. Jackson, P. Mulhare, I. Regan,
Education
Research H. Lambkin
Scientific Education Development H. Lambkin M. Culliton,B O’Malley,
Course Validation J. Williams F. Mendes, B. Murphy
CPD Officers J. Kehoe & L. Mulvany J. Mulvany, M. Culliton, F. Guilfoyle
Organisation
Advisory Bodies
Events
Management
Finance B. O’Malley J. Carey, M. Culliton, P. Mulhare,
Membership F. Guilfoyle S. Wall
House / Office P. Mulhare, I. Regan, H. Barry
Communications
Converse / Publications H. Barry A MacLellan
Website N. Stynes L. Mulvany, S. Wall
Regulation
Statutory Registration M. Culliton
Laboratory Accreditation M. Culliton, B. Jackson
International Affairs M. Culliton P. Mulhare, I. Regan