Prof Richard Costello

Professor of Medicine

RCSI Medical School

As principal investigator, my research in biomedical science has been funded by Wellcome Trust, HRB, Enterprise Ireland as well as Industry, generating over €10 million in grant money in the last 10 years.  I have supervised over 40 MD/PhD students, I have authored over 150 original and review papers, 70 as senior/first author.

I hold 5 patents on the use of digital systems for respiratory monitoring and estimation of adherence. I have led a large multidisciplinary team brining the idea of using audio-based technology to quantify adherence to inhalers, INCA (Inhaler Compliance Assessment).  I am a founder of Phyxiom, a University spin out company.

I innovated the “COPD Outreach” program which was adapted as a central feature of the National Clinical Programs in COPD. This has led to a National collaborative in COPD care funded by the HSE and hosted through RCPI. I innovated the National Severe Asthma Network which has adapted the INCA technology to assess adherence prior to starting advanced monoclonal medicines, the network is part of two international registries of severe asthma, allowing us to contribute to research in this area. I innovated the Multidisciplinary Respiratory Neuromuscular Disease Clinic in Ireland, which is now part of an International registry of clinics, allowing us to deliver and benchmark care against the best in the world.

I developed a Research Study of Longitudinal Outcomes from Medical Training at the RCPI, studying the long term outcomes of trainees and the training environment.

Postgraduate Training at RCPI

I was appointed Trainer (2002), then special advisory board member (2004), then National Specialist Director in Respiratory Medicine (2005-2012), then RCPI Council member (2012), then Executive member (2014) and Dean of Research (2014-).

I was appointed Vice President in 2018 -2020 for two consecutive years.

European Education Leadership

I was appointed Exam Board Member of the Harmonised European Respiratory Society Exam Section (2010), then Board Member 2012, then President of the European Board of Adult Pulmonology, then European Respiratory Society Education Chair. In this role I innovated the ERS Respiratory Channel.

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