Who we are

UCD CSTAR, a University College Dublin (UCD) Research and CPD Centre, was founded with the support of the Health Research Board (HRB) by a group of academic/health researchers from UCD, Trinity College Dublin, University of Galway, University of Limerick and a number of other institutions. UCD CSTAR operates as a collaborative and consulting agency from the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy, and Sports Science at UCD.


Our Mission:

The mission of UCD CSTAR is to enhance the quality and increase the quantity of health research in Ireland. To achieve that, the Centre strives:

1)      To collaborate with leading Irish research teams, and provide a research support environment for academics, state agencies, and charity organisations.

2)      To develop effective training and education in study design, biostatistics and medical statistics, state-of-the-art statistical tools, and responsible research conduct across a broad range of applied fields.


Dublin CSTAR staff and affiliates:

Centre Staff

Dr. Ricardo Segurado is the Director of UCD CSTAR and a consultant biostatistician. He has a particular interest in longitudinal models, statistical genetics, and in developing statistical education amongst biological and clinical researchers.

Alice Kasemiire is a consultant biostatistician. Her research interests are in Bioprocess optimization by use of QbD methodology, clinical trials, longitudinal studies, missing data methods and multivariate statistics.

Katayoun Bahramian is the Centre Administrator and Research Manager. She coordinates consultations, marketing and event management.


Centre Collaborators

Dr. Carla Perrotta is an Assistant Professor in Public Health with diverse research interests spanning Knowledge Synthesis, Implementation Science, Clinical Effectiveness, Primary Care and Patient Safety.

Dr Garrett Greene is a Lecturer in Statistics with an interest in applications of statistics and machine learning in medicine and biology, and in particular modelling of digital health data, and computational neuroscience.

Dr. Mary Codd is a former Centre Director and a member of the Board. Mary specialises in epidemiology, public health and health services research. She is currently running the UCD Contact Tracing Centre with Prof. Patrick Wall.