Speakers Revealed for TEDxUCD 2016

University College Dublin (UCD) today announced the 10 speakers who will take part in the University’s fourth annual TEDxUCD event.

TEDxUCD 2016 takes place on Friday 9 December, (10 am – 4 pm), in the UCD Dramsoc Theatre, UCD Student Centre.

The event will feature exceptional talks from members of the wider UCD community including researchers, students, alumni and friends who will speak on a wide range of ideas worth spreading.

Among this year’s TEDxUCD speakers are; Dearbhla Burke, Dr Susan Delaney and Dr Andrew Hogan.

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Pictured at University College Dublin are 3 of the 10 TEDxUCD 2016 speakers; Dr Susan Delaney, Dr Andrew Hogan and Dearbhla Burke

Dearbhla Burke is a chartered physiotherapist and a PhD student at the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘The insult added to injury.’

Dearbhla Burke said, “I am looking forward to taking part in this year’s TEDxUCD event. During my talk I will highlight the significant problem of spinal cord injury pain and aim to explain how patients can have pain in an area where they have no feeling….the insult added to their injury.”

Dr Susan Delaney is a clinical psychologist and Bereavement Services Manager at the Irish Hospice Foundation which has a long standing relationship with UCD’s School of Psychology. Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘Grief, it's complicated.....10% of the time.’

Dr Susan Delaney said, “Is all grief normal? Or is  all grief complicated in it’s own way? We tend to hold strong opinions about grief, but often these beliefs are at odds with the research. In my forthcoming TEDxUCD 2016 , I will examine some  myths around grief and present the case for why  grief should sometimes be diagnosed as a psychological disorder."

Dr Andrew Hogan is a senior scientist with the obesity immunology research group at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and a research scientist at the UCD School of Medicine. His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘Losing weight - why is it so difficult ?’.

Dr Andy Hogan said, “More and more we realise that weight loss is not as simple as energy in and energy out. As I will outline in my forthcoming TEDxUCD 2016 talk our research is trying to tease out the role of the immune system in the regulation of bodyweight.”

The 7 other TEDxUCD 2016 speakers are profiled below.

TEDxUCD 2016 is the fourth annual TEDx event held at University College Dublin and is organised by UCD Research and Innovation.

At TEDxUCD 2016 a combination of live speakers and a selection of TED Talks videos will be combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group of 100 attendees. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxUCD, are self-organised.

Wiebke Preuss, a Masters student at the Stockholm School of Economics, and currently an Erasmus Exchange Programme student at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, will act as MC for TEDxUCD 2016.

The 100 free tickets to attend TEDxUCD 2016 will go on ‘sale’ on Wednesday, 9 November at 1:30 pm via www.ucd.ie/innovation/newsevents/tedxucd/tickets/

TEDxUCD 2016 can be followed via @TEDxUCD and #TEDxUCD.


7 November 2016

For further information contact Micéal Whelan, University College Dublin, Communications Manager (Innovation), e: miceal.whelan@ucd.ie, t: + 353 1 716 3712.

Editors Notes

The other 7 TEDxUCD 2016 speakers and the titles of their talks are:

Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland, who graduated with a PhD in nonlinear fluid dynamics from UCD. Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘Memory keepers.’

Professor Ron Davies, a specialist in international trade and foreign direct investment, at the UCD School of Economics. His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘The true trouble of tax trickery.’ 

Professor Michaela Higgins, a consultant medical oncologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCD School of Medicine. Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘The cancer story you haven’t heard.’

Duncan Lennox, a UCD graduate, is CEO and co-founder of Qstream, a spin-out from Harvard Medical School. Qstream is a mobile-first predictive analytics company with offices in Massachusetts and in Dublin. Prior to Qstream he co-founded and served as CTO of WBT Systems, a UCD spin-out company. His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘The misunderstood brain.’

Associate Professor Patricia Maguire, whose research at the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and at the UCD Conway Institute investigates the changing messages blood can carry in inflammatory diseases such as ischaemic stroke, pre-eclampsia and multiple sclerosis. Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘Tiny bubbles to clean up disease.’

Dr Conor Mulvagh, a specialist in Westminster politics and Irish constitutional nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, at the UCD School of History and at the UCD Centre for War Studies. His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘Partition, where to draw the line.’

John Sloan, an MSc student in Computational Linguistics at the UCD School of Computer Science. John graduated with an MA in linguistics from the UCD School of Languages, Culture and Linguistics, where his focus was on non-verbal communication and feedback in performance. His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled ‘Learning languages emotionally.’

Further information on all of the TEDxUCD 2016 speakers is available via www.ucd.ie/innovation/newsevents/tedxucd/speakers/

About TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.