Meet the Team

Godfrey Fletcher has been the Chief Executive Officer at the Cystic Fibrosis Registry of Ireland since 2009. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration, an honours degree in Natural Sciences, as well as a qualification as a European Certified Data Protection Officer. Godfrey plays an active role in the development of registries, both in Ireland and internationally. His international business experience, as well as management experience for not-for-profit patient and research organisations brings a unique perspective to the development of patient registries.


Laura Kirwan is the Head of Research at the Cystic Fibrosis Registry of Ireland. She holds a PhD in Statistics and worked as the CFRI Research Statistician before commencing her role as Head of Research in September 2020. She has had a varied career as a statistician, holding roles in environmental science, health and nutrition, before moving to the CFRI in 2016. Laura also lectures in Statistical Programming and Research Methods in UCD.


Sumesh Babu, our Senior Research Associate, has a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Limerick, as well as having a background education in Microbiology and Clinical Research. Prior to joining the registry, Sumesh worked as a research co-ordinator, splitting his time between UCD and the Mater hospital. Sumesh is actively involved in the data collection process and works very closely with hospital-based data collection teams ensuring that data quality and accuracy is maintained.


Huw Rees is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Data Analyst who has been working with the Cystic Fibrosis Registry of Ireland since June 2020. He was recently awarded a PhD from the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sport Science in UCD, following the defence of his thesis investigating injury trends in field hockey athletes. Huw also holds a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy and is currently undertaking projects within the registry in this area.

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