CAR Steering Committee

Emma Dorris (Committee Chair) 

Emma is a molecular biologist with an interest in arthritis and rare rheumatic diseases.  She leads the Patient and Public Involvement in Research (PPI) initiative called The Patient Voice in Arthritis Research.  


Peter Boyd

Peter Boyd was diagnosed with arthritis in 2011 and has volunteered with Arthritis Ireland ever since. In 2013, he was a finalist in Volunteer Ireland's Volunteer of the Year Awards for Health and Disability.  Peter has been a Trustee of Arthritis Ireland since 2015 and of EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) Young Patients since 2016 advocating on behalf of patients across Ireland and Europe. In his voluntary work for Arthritis Ireland, Peter has delivered almost every service they offer from their Helpline to their award-winning self-management courses.  


Wendy Costello

Wendy is a founding member of the Irish Children's Arthritis Network and current Chairperson. Wendy also sits on the PReS (Paediatric Rheumatology European Society) council where she represents views of ENCA (European Network of Children with Arthritis) associations. Areas of particular interest are transition from paediatric to adult services and raising awareness of paediatric rheumatic diseases. Her driving force has been her daughter who was diagnosed at the age of 3 with JIA.


Susie Donnelly

Susie Donnelly holds a BA in Journalism (Griffith College) and a HDip, MSocSc and PhD in Sociology (UCD). In 2018, she joined the Health Systems group in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems in UCD to study the self-management of chronic illness and advance her work in participatory action research.  Her interests include Cultural Sociology, Health Behaviour, the Sociology of Chronic Illness, Participatory Action Research, Public and Patient Involvement in Research (PPI), Photo Voice, Qualitative Methods, Co-design, and the Social Dimensions of Health and Well-being.  


Suzanne Donnelly 

Associate Professor Suzanne Donnelly is UCD Director of Clinical Education and consultant rheumatologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.  A medical graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Donnelly undertook her speciality clinical training in Ireland and Oxford before returning to a consultant rheumatology post in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin in 2005. She was appointed Director of Clinical Education for the UCD Medical School in 2008.


John Sherwin

John Sherwin is a Patient Insight Partner at the UCD Centre for Arthritis Research.  


Orla Killeen

Dr Orla Killeen graduated from NUIG in 1996. She established the National Centre for Paediatric Rheumatology (NCPR) in 2006, providing care for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders both on a local and national level. Her areas of interest include care of the Young person/Adolescent Rheumatology focusing in particular on Transition as well as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), Down’s Arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) and Auto-Inflammatory Syndromes.  


Emma MacDermott

Dr Emma MacDermott is a consultant paedriatric rheumatologist in Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin.  Her areas of interest include postgraduate and undergraduate education, biological therapies, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.  


Geraldine McCarthy 

Winner of numerous research and teaching awards, Professor McCarthy has mentored 18 medicine and science graduates and has authored over 80 publications. She has established a strong international reputation and has spoken at numerous scientific meetings, most recently at the American College of Rheumatology 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting. Professor McCarthy is on the Board of Arthritis Ireland where she is a member of their Academic Development Committee and Medical Advisor to the Chief Executive.  


Daire O'Leary 

Dr Daire O'Leary is a clinical research fellow in the UCD Centre for Arthritis Research and a clinical tutor in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  She previously worked as a clinical registrar in paediatric rheumatology and is currently conducting a study on whole exome mapping of genetic variants linked with the development of chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO).  


Gerry Wilson

Professor Gerry Wilson graduated in Medicine from Queen's University Belfast in 1983. He was awarded an ARC Clinical Fellowship for a PhD thesis which he undertook at the University of Sheffield and successfully completed in 1995. He was subsequently awarded an ARC Copeman Fellowship for research at Stanford University.  Prof. Wilson was appointed to the Arthritis Ireland/UCD Chair of Rheumatology in 2013.