Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Gerry Finnegan

About Gerry Finnegan…

Lay representativePage 10-11 Gerry Finnegan

Gerry Finnegan retired from the United Nations in 2010 and returned home to Belfast. He was looking for a volunteering opportunity but then his wife Patricia suffered a stroke in 2012. As a result he came into contact with NICHS and joined our Carers’ Group. In late 2014, he applied to serve as a lay member of our Scientific Research Committee (SRC). He said: “Although it was initially quite intimidating reviewing 14 or so medical research proposals, I became very enthusiastic about my involvement with the SRC. The fact that each proposal has a section for “lay readers” and another indicating how the research would contribute to NICHS’s objectives makes the projects more accessible to the lay reader. Many of the proposals are based around a logical “cause and effect” approach, and that makes them interesting and potentially of practical benefit. By way of a follow-up, I hope to visit the implementation phases of some of the successful proposals.”