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Thinking About A Career In Healthcare Statistics? Hear Professor Catherine Comiskey Share Her Story

Thinking About A Career In Healthcare Statistics? Hear Professor Catherine Comiskey Share Her Story

Pulse by healthjobhub Facebook Live Talk Show

Date: 24th May 2020

Time: 8:15am MST

Host: Prasanthi Naidoo


Season: #1

Episode: #12

Special Guest: Professor Catherine Comiskey

Hello and welcome everybody from across the world joining us live on Facebook for our show, Pulse by healthjobhub. My name is Prasanthi Naidoo founder of I started Pulse to connect, share and inspire! My mission is to unveil the pulse behind the pulse. 

Today I have a very special guest joining us live on Pulse. It is my honour and privilege to welcome Professor Catherine Comiskey, joining us all the way from Dublin Ireland. 

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About Professor Catherine Comiskey?

Professor Catherine Comiskey holds a MA & B.A. degree in Mathematics and Philosophy & Masters in Science and Ph.D degrees in Biomathematics with statistics and epidemiology. With over 20 years research and lecturing experience in statistics and mathematics applied to healthcare; her personal research interests are substance use, child wellbeing and innovation.

From 2017 she has been Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Monitoring Centre for drug and Drug Addiction, a committee with a legal remit from the EU. In 2014 Prof Comiskey was selected after an EU wide competition to serve as an EU expert on the Scientific Committee of the EU’s European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction in Portugal. She has served in a range of academic roles, on a range of national bodies and acted as Ministerial academic expert to the National Drug Strategy Implementation group.

Professor Comiskey has over 100 peer reviewed publications in her research topics. She has successfully graduated to completion 12 PhD’s, one DSc and one MD. She is currently supervising an additional 10 PhD’s and has three PhD applicants pending.

Catherine has just written a new book, Addiction Debates.

Addiction debates explores the tumultuous landscape of addiction research, policy and practice. Covering all the “hot topics” of the day in a balanced and informative manner.

On April 20, 2020 Professor Catherine Comiskey was elected to Fellowships at Trinity College Dublin.

Wow, Professor Comiskey! This is an incredible bio! Heartiest Congratulations on your latest accolade of being elected to Fellowships at Triinity College Dublin, please tell us a little more about this recent announcement?

To hear the full interview, please watch our YouTube video here:


Here's what we spoke about:

List of questions:

  1. Please share your story about what inspired you to pursue a career in mathematics and philosophy?
  2. Please share with us your journey into healthcare and becoming the head of the school of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin and becoming a Professor in Healthcare Statistics?
  3. Tell us a little more about there work you did in South Africa with the African Doctoral Academy ADA at Stellenbosch University?
  4. Please share with us more about the new book you have written, Addiction Debates.
  5. In creating Pulse one of our goals is to have our “finger on the pulse”:
  6. Please tell us a little more about your new research grant to estimate the number of asymptomatic cases of COVID-19?
  7. How has your community in Dublin and Ireland been impacted by COVID-19 and please share your experience working during the pandemic
  8. Based on all the stats and research work that you do especially now in relation to COVID-19 pandemic what is your estimation for severity and duration of this pandemic?
  9. Please share some final thoughts ? 


Thank you Professor Comiskey for enlightening us today and sharing your incredible story on Pulse by healthjobhub.

This brings us to a close of our live show for Pulse by healthjobhub. I do hope that you enjoyed the show as much as I did. Please join me next week same time on Facebook live, for our season finale. I am excited to announce that our special guest next week is.  Annliza Chetty, a Registered Nurse, who will be joining us all the way from Durban South Africa, and she will be sharing with our viewers what inspires her about being nurse and how her career as a nurse has helped her explore the world.

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