Dr. Richéal Burns, PhD, MSc, BA

Applied Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment Specialist

Richéal is a lecturer in health information technology at the School of Science, IT Sligo, teaching a range of research methodology and applied public health modules to undergraduates and postgraduates; an affiliate health economics researcher at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford; and Health Economics Advisor, IBD PLEXUS Scientific Committee, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, USA affiliate health economics researcher at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford; and Health Economics Advisor, IBD PLEXUS Scientific Committee, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, USA. Richéal completed a doctoral degree programme in 2013 at NUI Galway focusing on several economic evaluation methods for assessing the costs and benefits of introducing screening for prostate cancer in Ireland. This project was funded by the Health Research Board and managed by the National Cancer Registry Ireland. Upon completion, Richéal worked as a senior researcher in applied health economics from 2013-2017 at the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC), University of Oxford. Richéal both assisted and led the health economic evaluation on several RCT’s as well as collaborated on burden of illness studies and methodological development in the area of health economic research. While at HERC, Richéal also lectured on the MSc in Global Health Sciences, taught on HERC short courses in applied methods in health economics and assisted in the development and delivery of HERC bespoke training courses for the pharmaceutical industry and for conference workshops.

Richéal has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings; presented her research at 25 conferences; and is currently involved in research in the areas of prostate cancer, brain tumours, cardiovascular disease, organ transplantation, inflammatory bowel disease, antimicrobial resistance and educational reform. She is also an expert reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research HTA Programme, the UK Transplant Library and the Food and Health Bureau of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, as well as several clinical and health economic international journals.

Richéal has been a consultant in the area of HTA in Ireland, the UK and Germany since 2011. She has been involved in reimbursement submissions for pharmaceuticals in Ireland and the UK, as well as HTA and early HTA assessments for medical devices and diagnostics. Richéal is particularly passionate about highlighting the need for and benefits of health economics scoping and assessment in the early phases of clinical trials.

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