Inaugural Dorothy Stopford Price Medal awarded to Dr Brenda Corcoran

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) today 19th October 2018 honoured the former Director of the HSE National Immunisation Office Dr Brenda Corcoran for her leadership and commitment to health protection and disease prevention through vaccination.

Brenda was presented with the inaugural Dorothy Stopford Price Medal by President of the RCPI Professor Mary Horgan at St Luke’s Symposium.


L-R: Dr Kevin Kelleher, Prof Emer Shelly, Dr Brenda Corcoran, Prof Mary Horgan, Dr Anna Clarke

In 2005 the National Immunisation Office was established with Brenda leading the service. 

Brenda’s main areas of work included the planning, implementation and coordination of all national immunisation programmes including health professional training, immunisation materials for the general public and campaigns to boost vaccine uptake.  She was a member of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee. 

Brenda led the National Immunisation Office from 2005 until her retirement in August 2018. In that time there were five changes to the Primary Childhood Immunisation programme, six changes to the school programmes and a National Pneumococcal catch-up programme.  Throughout these changes Brenda always gave a very clear message on the importance of vaccination to protect all children and adults from vaccine preventable diseases.    

Brenda was also responsible for introducing WHO Immunisation Week in Ireland in 2005 and has worked over the years with the WHO on many issues including HPV.  Brenda has worked tirelessly over the years to promote immunisation. 


Who is Dorothy Stopford Price?

Dorothy Stopford Price (9 September 1890 – 30 January 1954) was an Irish physician who was key to the elimination of childhood tuberculosis in Ireland by introducing the BCG vaccine.

This page was added 19th October 2018