Appointment to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, has re-appointed the following person as a member of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board with effect from 21 May 2017 to 20 May 2020.

Dr. Elizabeth Kenny

Dr. Elizabeth Kenny works as a Gastroenterologist in Cork University Hospital and Mater Private Cork.  She qualified in UCC in 1984 and carried out a post graduate degree in University College Cork in viral hepatitis.  Her main areas of research include viral hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome and coeliac disease.  She was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Medicine and APC UCC.  She peer reviews articles for medical journals including Hepatology and the Journal of Hepatology on a regular basis.  She has over 50 publications in national and international journals, including book chapters.  She continues research on an ongoing basis with Professor Fergus Shanahan with Science Foundation of Ireland funding through APC on the human microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease/irritable bowel syndrome.  Her research in hepatitis C is a collaboration with national and international experts.  From her seminal research in hepatitis C she progressed to be the co-ordinator of the Irish Hepatology Group and was instrumental in the development and organisation of the six Hepatology Units in Ireland.  She acted as Chair of the Consultative Council which advised the Minister of Health on all aspects of hepatitis C over a 9 year period (2003 – 2012).  She took up her appointment to the board of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) in 2014.  She was appointed Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of the IBTS in 2014 and continues this role to date.