View Speaker Biographies for the Wednesday and Thursday OER Conference here


Speaker biographies forThurs/Fri two-day workshop – Early Career Researchers


Dr Darren Dahly

Dr Darren Dahly is a Principal Statistician and Epidemiologist with the HRB Clinical Research Facility (CRF) in Cork with expertise in patient-focused research collaboration in the areas of data and statistics. He collaborates and consults on a large and varied portfolio of patient-focused and public health research projects, and has recently pioneered a popular Open Science Challenge through the CRF to increase the practice and use of open science methods and tools in health research in Ireland. 


Professor Declan Devane 

Prof Declan Devane is Director of the HRB – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) and Professor of Midwifery at NUI Galway. He is a member of the HRB Open Research National Steering Committee. Declan’s methodological areas of expertise are randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. He is an Editor with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Cochrane UK.


Vicky Hellon 

Vicky Hellon is the Publishing Editor at F1000 which she joined in 2017 after previous roles in Open Access publishing at Nature Research. Her role encompasses developing content across F1000Research, building collaborations and supporting the development of funder specific publishing platforms, particularly Wellcome Open Research and also HRB Open Research which she is currently project lead on. These platforms aim to change the way science is communicated and provide benefits to researchers with F1000’s unique publishing model. She is passionate about the progression of Open Research and particularly enjoys opportunities to actively engage with the research community.


Dr Sile Lane

Dr Síle Lane is director of international campaigns and policy at Sense about Science, a charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence and advocates for openness and honesty in scientific research. Dr Lane runs the AllTrials campaign for clinical trial transparency, a global campaign for the registration and reporting of all clinical trials and Ask for Evidence, a public campaign to help people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies. 


Dr Hopin Lee 

Dr Hopin Lee is a BITSS Catalyst and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine – University of Oxford, and the School of Medicine and Public Health – University of Newcastle. Hopin’s research primarily focuses on studying the underlying causal mechanisms of complex interventions, using this method to identify efficient ways of implementing research findings. Hopin has a keen interest in improving the accuracy and transparency of reporting mechanistic evaluations, and in disseminating the merits of open science to both scientists and the general public. 


Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar

Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar is a HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Public Health, University College Cork. Dr. Matvienko-Sikar is currently working on the development of an infant feeding intervention to prevent childhood obesity. In addition to synthesizing the existing quantitative and qualitative evidence, she has lead on the development of a core outcome set (COS) for infant feeding interventions delivered to children under one year of age. The development of this COS is essential for the transparency, synthesis, and reproducibility of trials of effective interventions for childhood obesity.


Dr Annalisa Montesanti

Dr Annalisa Montesanti is the Lead Programme Manager for Health Research Careers in the Health Research Board of Ireland. She is responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of health research careers aimed to support researchers, talent and leadership in order to conduct high quality health research and generate evidence. She has also been involved for several years in the Science Europe - Research Career Working Group - which has a focus on research careers, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility at European level and other national groups.


Dr Peter Murray Rust

Dr Peter Murray-Rust is a chemist currently working at the University of Cambridge. He was Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Nottingham from 1996–2000, setting up the Virtual School of Molecular Sciences. As well as his work in chemistry, Murray-Rust is also known for his support of open access and open data. He is now Reader Emeritus in Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridgeand Senior Research Fellow Emeritus of Churchill College, Cambridge. Murray-Rust is also known for his work on making scientific knowledge from literature freely available, and in such taking a stance against publishers that are not fully compliant with the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. As of 2014, Murray-Rust was granted a Fellowship by Shuttleworth Foundation in relation to the ContentMine project which uses machines to liberate 100,000,000 facts from the scientific literature.


Dr Chris Noone

Dr Chris Noone is a lecturer in psychology at NUI Galway with expertise in health, cognitive and LGBT+ psychology. The main focus of his current work is developing the application of network meta-analysis to the synthesis of evidence from health behaviour change interventions. He has specific expertise in statistics, data management and analysis, and reproducible workflow. He was on the steering committee of the inaugural OpenCon in 2014, an annual conference focused on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.