Dr. Derek O’Keeffe holds a first class honours Bachelor of Engineering, Masters of Engineering and PhD Bioengineering degrees (UL) as well as a first class honours Medical degree (NUIG). He has also studied at Harvard, Moscow and Oxford University. He has supervised over 50 undergraduate and 15 postgraduate projects. To date he has 18 journal publications and 32 peer reviewed conference proceedings. He flew an experiment onboard the International Space Station (Project CASPER) in 2006. He is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded JCI TOYP Outstanding Young Person of the World (2007). He holds a private pilots licence, black belt certification and advanced scuba diver qualification.


Dr Alan Sugrue was born in Limerick, Ireland and moved to Australia when he was four, spending a large majority of his childhood in Sydney. He returned to Ireland to undertake a undergraduate degree in medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He graduated in 2010 with first class honours in both medicine and surgery. Alan has a keen interest in cardiology and translational medicine.


Dr. Brian Higgins is a GP trainee with an honours Medical degree, a University Scholarship for academic distinction and a Diploma as Ghaeilge from NUI Galway. As an undergraduate, he trained in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and in trauma with the University of Sydney. With an interest in information technology and medical education he has been involved with the development of the National Intern Training Programme and in software development for medical record keeping and GP practice management. His hobbies are motocross racing and mountain biking which have led to an interest in sports medicine and the provision of out of hospital emergency care.