CHI at Crumlin

Des Cox, MD – Site PI

Des is a consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine, head of the respiratory department at CHI Crumlin and a clinical professor in the School of Medicine, University College Dublin. He is also chair of the Royal College of  Physicians in Ireland policy group on tobacco and is a member of the national clinical advisory group for CF.  Des is a principal investigator on a number of ongoing studies in the area of CF including the Children’s Follow up Orkambi Real World MBW Study (CFORMS) which is examining the impact of Orkambi on young children with CF in a real-world setting. 


David Rea – Radiologist

David is a consultant in paediatric radiology and head of the radiology department at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin. David’s clinical interests are general paediatric radiology, paediatric interventional radiology and vascular anomalies. David is the radiology lead in Crumlin for the RECOVER study. 


Anne-Marie Howe, PhD – Clinical Research Coordinator

Anne-Marie was awarded her PhD from University College Dublin in the field of neuroinflammation in 2019. She aimed to translate her scientific skills into clinical research and joined the CF Research Team in CHI in January 2020, as a clinical research coordinator. Anne-Marie will be helping coordinate the RECOVER study across the three CHI sites in Dublin, in Crumlin, Tallaght and Temple Street.


Jennifer Scanlon – Crumlin Site Liaison

Jennifer Scanlon is a Cystic Fibrosis Nurse Specialist in CHI at Crumlin. Jennifer has been involved from a clinical perspective in previous clinical trials and investigator led research. Jennifer is the site liaison in CHI at Crumlin and will help to ensure that RECOVER runs seamlessly in parallel to clinical care at the site.​


CHI at Temple Street

Michael Williamson, MD – Site PI


Eilish Twomey – Radiologist

A graduate of University College Cork, Eilish trained in radiology in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. She completed fellowships in paediatric radiology in Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital and UCSF, California before returning to Temple Street’s Children’s University Hospital, Dublin in 2004.


Aideen Lambe – CT Specialist Radiographer

Aideen is the CT clinical specialist radiographer at CHI, Temple Street. She studied at Bangor University in the UK and went on to work in Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Here she gained a wealth of paediatric imaging experience and an interest in research. Aideen will be carrying out the CT scans on the patients in the RECOVER study. ​


Courtney Greene – Clinical Research Coordinator

Courtney completed her MSc in Biotechnology and Business in 2018 following completion of her BSc in Pharmacology from University College Dublin. She joined the CF Research Team at CHI in February 2020 as a clinical research coordinator working across paediatric CF clinical trials. Prior to joining the team, she gained clinical research experience at IQVIA in Dublin, where she worked as a Pharmacovigilance Specialist. Courtney will be working on RECOVER as a clinical research coordinator working across the CHI sites in Dublin, in Crumlin, Tallaght, and Temple Street.


Emma O’Grady – Temple Street Site Liaison

Emma O’Grady is an experienced Clinical Pharmacist with a specialist interest in paediatric CF care and clinical trials at CHI at Temple Street. She has a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & healthcare industry and is currently undertaking a PhD with a focus on value based healthcare in CF. Emma is the site liaison at CHI at Temple Street for the RECOVER study.


CHI at Tallaght

Basil Elnazir, MD – Site PI

Basil is a consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine and Clinical Associate Professor in paediatrics at Trinity College Dublin. Basil’s main research interest is difficult/severe asthma and Cystic Fibrosis.


Thara Persuad – Radiologist

Thara trained in Radiology in Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin. She completed a Fellowship in Paediatric Radiology in  The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa Canada, before taking up a consultant post in Great Ormond St Hospital in London and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. She returned to Ireland to take up the post of Paediatric Radiologist  initially in CHI at Temple Street and more recently CHI at Tallaght​.


Karen Lester, PhD – Clinical Research Coordinator

Karen completed her PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2017 specialising in Ophthalmology and joined the NCRC in July 2020 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Prior to this, Karen worked as a Research Officer for an NGO facilitating genetic testing for individuals living with rare eye disease, and assisting with the collection of real-world evidence for use in Health Technology Assessments. Karen will be working on RECOVER as a clinical research coordinator working across the CHI sites in Dublin, in Crumlin, Tallaght, and Temple Street.