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Enabling Clinical and Translational Research


Susan Lennon (Clinical Research Manager)

Dr. Suzanne Bracken (Programme Officer- Translational Research)

Fionnuala Gibbons (Clinical Trials Liaison Officer)


Susan Lennon

Clinical Research Manager

Susan Lennon has over 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and, in particular, in the implementation of clinical trials within contract research organisations (CROs).

Susan has also held a number of senior positions in customer relationship management, negotiating with both customers and internally on behalf of the customer to enable the timely delivery of high quality clinical trials. Susan holds a Masters in Biotechnology, a BSc in Microbiology/Biochemistry and a Diploma in Computers and in Management, all from UCC.  Susan held roles initially in a veterinary pharmaceutical company within the areas of clinical trial design and regulatory affairs. She then moved to the CRO industry where she worked in the management of data management and laterally as European Head of Pharmacovigilance with responsibility for the implementation of the Clinical Trial Directive and electronic reporting. 

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Dr. Suzanne Bracken

Programme Officer- Translational Research

 Dr Suzanne Bracken is the Programme Officer for Translational Research at Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI) where her responsibilities are to develop and deliver the work programme for translational research, as part of the ICRIN (Irish Clinical Research Infrastructure Network) team. Activities include the coordination of the Irish Biomarker Network and the MMI Biobanking Group.

Suzanne also serves as the Research Coordinator for the National Prostate Cancer Research Group in Ireland, a network of Prostate Cancer researchers from across the island of Ireland who have come together to form a comprehensive collaborative group to maximise Prostate Cancer research in Ireland. Her role includes the co-development of a strategic plan for the group, the coordination of group activities, the facilitation of both funding applications and the implementation of successful funding awards.
Suzanne has over 5 years’ experience in the In Vitro Diagnostics industry where she was previously employed as a Senior Research and Development Scientist. She has experience in design conception and feasibility research for new product developments, as well as process redevelopment and technical support for post-market products. Through her role in industry, she has gained knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). 
Suzanne graduated with a PhD in Immunology from the Institute of Molecular Medicine, St. James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. The focus of her PhD research was on Coeliac Disease. She also holds a degree in Chemistry from University College Dublin and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Ulster, Coleraine.

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Fionnuala Gibbons

Clinical Trials Liaison Officer

Fionnuala is the Clinical Trial Liaison Officer, within the Irish Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ICRIN), which is hosted by Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI).  Fionnuala is responsible for the development of clinical research process knowledge and awareness among indigenous and multi-national pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies. This post is being funded by Enterprise Ireland .


Fionnuala has a wealth of experience in clinical research across the pharmaceutical industry. She initially began her career as a nurse, finishing as a theatre and anaesthetic sister in Charing Cross Hospital, London, and then transitioned to clinical research working as a Research Coordinator in the Thrombosis Research Centre in Kings College Hospital, Clinical Research Associate in PPD Contract Research Organisation in Cambridge and Senior Clinical Monitor/Project Manager in Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), Dublin. Fionnuala has worked across a variety of therapeutic areas including cardiology, oncology, haematology, rheumatology, endocrinology, psychiatry, CNS and HIV. Prior to joining MMI, Fionnuala held the position of Oncology Scientific Advisor for sanofi-aventis. 



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