Dr Karen Misstear – Programme Manager, Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) Programme

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    Dr Karen Misstear is Programme Manager of the Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) Programme which is coordinated by Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI). Karen previously worked with OncoMark Ltd, managing large-scale collaborative oncology R&D projects. Karen holds a Human Physiology degree from Trinity College Dublin, MSc Neuroscience from King’s College London, and a PhD in Viral Immunology from the University of Birmingham.

    Title: Training Ireland’s future leaders of academic medicine

    Synopsis: The talk will describe the new Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) Programme and how we are training Ireland’s brightest young clinicians to become leaders in their clinical specialties and in medical research, improving patient care and bringing innovation to the health service. ICAT offers structured and integrated clinical and academic training to clinicians who will complete the programme with a PhD from any one of the six academic institutions (Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, University College Cork, University College Dublin, NUI Galway and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) as well as a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training. The ICAT Fellows are mentored throughout the programme and given guidance as they develop their careers as independent clinician scientists through innovative research projects in leading all-Ireland centres of clinical and translational research. ICAT is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Health Research Board, the Health Service Executive National Doctor’s Training and Planning, the Health and Social Care Research and Development Division (Northern Ireland) and the six participating academic institutions. Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI) coordinates the ICAT programme, and CRDI’s broader role in collaborative research and education will also be discussed.