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NCRI’s founding Director to retire

13 Dec 2013

By Lloyd Mudiwa.


After setting up the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) and spending more than two successful decades at its helm, during which time it has gained international repute, Dr Harry Comber is stepping down as founding Director of the Registry next year, Irish Medical Times reports.


Dr Comber, Director of the NCRI since its establishment in 1992, is retiring in June, when he reaches the statutory age of retirement.

Although Dr Comber notified the Registry’s Board some time back, the Public Appointments Service has just begun to recruit his replacement, who will be expected to be in place before the incumbent’s retirement.

Responsible for the overall management of the NCRI, and providing leadership and strategic direction under the guidance of the Board, the role offers an opportunity to consolidate the Registry’s work and develop and adapt it to a changing national and international environment in cancer control.

“Looking over the 20 years or so, we have clearly established the place of the Registry in our cancer services and internationally,” Dr Comber said last week. “The Registry has a high reputation, which culminated in us hosting the leading world cancer conference on cancer epidemiology, the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) Board, in Cork in September last year.”

The former GP and Director of the Cork General Practice Training Programme added: “We started from a situation where nobody knew who we were and now everybody knows who we are and the high-quality service we offer.”

13 December 2013

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