Dr Mairéad O’Driscoll was the Director of Research Strategy and Funding at the HRB, with responsibility for a budget of approximately €40 million per annum and an awards portfolio of approximately €150m. 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 industry before moving into policy research, first with the Royal Society in London and then with the Wellcome Trust. She also spent time in South Africa where she worked on the development of a national research and technology foresight study.
She is a member of several national and international groups, including the Executive Committee of IC PerMed, the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine, which she chaired for the two years. Mairéad is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of London.