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Professor Catherine Comiskey is appointed as sole Academic Expert to the National Oversight Committee

Professor Catherine Comiskey, PhD, Professor in Healthcare Modelling at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, has just been appointed by Minister Catherine Byrne as the sole Academic Expert to the National Oversight Committee responsible for the implementation of the New National Drug Strategy 2017-2025.

The Irish Government launched "Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery - a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025". Part of the institutional arrangements to support the    implementation of  Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery involves  the establishment of a National Oversight Committee to provide leadership and direction. The strategy provides for clinical and academic experts on this Committee.

Comiskey holds a Ph.D. degree in biomathematics, biostatistics and epidemiology.  In 2007 she was appointed by Minister of Education and Science to serve on the board of The Irish Research Council. From 2011-2014 she served as the Inaugural Chairperson of the Children’s Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland. In 2012 she was appointed by the Department of Health to Chair the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol and in 2013 she was appointed by the EU to serve on the Scientific Committee of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Comiskey served as the Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin from 2014-2017 and during that time it was consistently ranked in the top 30 Schools of Nursing in the world and as the highest ranked School across all disciplines in Ireland in the QS International Ranking System.  In spring 2017, Comiskey was elected as Vice Chairperson of the Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA. Professor Comiskey has over 100 publications in substance use, healthcare statistics, epidemiology and educational capacity development.

Speaking about her appointment, Professor Comiskey said, “I am honoured to be appointed by Minister Byrne to this position and I look forward to working with the committee to implement the new strategy for the benefit not only for people who use drugs and alcohol but their families, their communities and all those who support this health led response.“