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One applicant subsequently withdrew from the process, while two of the remaining three candidates were called for a second interview.
This is according to the minutes of the NCRI board meeting in February, a copy of which has been seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request. “One candidate emerged as a clear front runner”, stated the minutes. It was unanimously agreed to offer this candidate the position following a discussion at the board meeting.
In May, the NCRI officially announced the appointment in association with University College Cork (UCC) of Prof Kerri Clough-Gorr. She has assumed the new dual role of Director of the NCRI and UCC’s first Professor of Cancer Epidemiology.
From January 2010 to June 2013, Prof Clough-Gorr was Scientific Director of the National Institute for Cancer Epidemiology and Registration (NICER), the body responsible for supporting and co-ordinating cancer registration in Switzerland.
Prof Clough-Gorr has published extensively in geriatrics and cancer and has a particular interest in cancer in older people and in the assessment of quality of life.
“We are confident that Kerri has the both the leadership and academic qualities to continue the development of the National Cancer Registry, originally established and led by the recently-retired Dr Harry Comber, into a world-class cancer registration, analysis and research organisation,” said Dr Susan O’Reilly, Chair of the NCRI’s board.
Prof John R Higgins, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Head of the College of Medicine and Health, UCC, said the appointment will allow the College to “play a leading role in combating cancer, here in Ireland, in the years ahead”.