Claire has over 25 years of experience conducting and teaching qualitative and quantitative research in the academic, statutory and private sectors and has been the ICGP Director of Research since 2004 with the responsibility for the promotion, development and implementation of research in general practice. She is a member of the Executive Board of the European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN) and is the current Chair of its Research Strategy Committee. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. She has held previous research posts in private consultancy, the Rotunda Hospital, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), University College Dublin (UCD) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and has lectured in a number of Irish universities. She has participated as a member of the Research Ethics Committees of the Rotunda Hospital and the ICGP and is currently the Chair of the ICGP Committee.