Professor Austin Stack is the Director of the Health Research Institute (HRI) at the University of Limerick, and the Foundation Chair of Medicine at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), University of Limerick and Consultant Nephrologist at University Hospital Limerick, Ireland. His responsibilities and interests span the clinical, educational and research landscapes. Professor Stack’s clinical interests include the care of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute kidney injury (AKI), dialysis, haemodialysis therapies, peritoneal dialysis, and kidney transplantation.
Imelda Doolan is the Research Funding Officer for the HRI. Imelda was awarded her PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) in 2005 through the department of Microbiology. On completion of her PhD, Imelda joined the University of Limerick as a Post-Doctoral Researcher based in the Life Sciences department. Her work focused on the application of flow cytometry to microbiology and the development of rapid FCM methods for the detection of microbes. In her time working in research she gained considerable experience in the preparation of grant proposals to various funding agencies including FP7.
Mary Clarke Moloney is the Clinical Operations Manager for the HRI. Mary is a qualified registered nurse since 1994 and an experienced clinical researcher having worked in the area of clinical research for the past 14 years. Mary was awarded her PhD from the University of Limerick in 2006 through the Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering. In her time working in clinical research she gained considerable experience working on a wide range of research projects from concept to publication. This involvement in trials of varying designs is evidenced in a strong track record of authorship on over 50 publications.
Her role involves close teamwork with the Clinical Operations Manager, Funding Officer and Director and Project Manager in ensuring effective and efficient delivery of high-quality administration support for the Institute. Her role also involves developing and maintaining relationships and liaising with other internal and external groups including the UL research community, HR, finance and clinical researchers in health care settings affiliated to UL (both hospital and community based).
Rita Boland is a Project Manager within the HRI. Rita has a degree in Construction Economics and Management (Quantity Surveying) which was awarded from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) as well as Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Treasury which was awarded from Dublin City University (DCU). Rita previously worked as a Project Manager for the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) where she gained extensive experience managing a number of significant IT projects.