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Chief Executive

Dr Mairéad O'Driscoll

Dr Mairéad O'Driscoll

Dr Mairéad O’Driscoll is currently the Interim Chief Executive and Director of Research Strategy and Funding at the Health Research Board (HRB) with overall responsibility for all the HRB’s extramural funding programmes.

Before being appointed Director of Funding, she was Head of Policy, Evaluation and External Relations at the HRB.

She worked as a researcher in academia and the biotechnology industry before moving into policy research, firstly with the Royal Society in London and then with the Wellcome Trust.  

She also spent time in South Africa where she worked in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology on the development of a national research and technology foresight study.

She is a member of the Oversight Group for the National Health Innovation Hub and the European Research Infrastructure Working Group for Health.

She also represents Ireland on IC-PerMed, the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine. Dr O'Driscoll is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of London.

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