Researchers at the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction at the Coombe Womens and Infants University Hospital propose a novel four parameter bedside index for the early identification of maternal sepsis. Their retrospective audit of 73 cases where women in a single maternity hospital were admitted with suspected severe maternal infection suggests that the assessment tool has the potential to help identify a presepsis stage before signficant organ damage occurs.
The 2019 UCD Medicine Clinical Commencement ‘White Coat’ Ceremony took place in UCD O’Reilly Hall on Wednesday 13th February 2019. A key milestone for our medical students, the ceremony marks the formal transition from a predominantly class room-based education to full immersion into clinical training at our affiliated teaching hospitals and with general practices in the community. UCD Medicine alumna and President of Medical Council, Dr Rita Doyle gave an inspiring keynote address drawing on her career as a GP, an educator and the head of the statutory medicine regulatory authority.
To mark World Cancer Day, five school and community choirs combined for a concert highlighting cancer awareness featuring Irish singer/songwriter Don Mescall. This lunchtime concert followed an educational session earlier in the morning at the Conway Institute involving personal stories of those whose lives have been affected by cancer, as well as talks from researchers focusing on new ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new graduate entry BSc (Hons) in Radiography programme with enrolment commencing September 2019. This accelerated learning programme by Ireland’s national training centre for diagnostic imaging has been introduced to address the anticipated workforce needs of the Irish health system. Closing date for receipt of applications is 1st May 2019.
Always an important event for UCD Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging, this year’s European Congress of Radiology (ECR 2019) will see a record attendance by the UCD group at Europe's largest radiology and radiography meeting in Vienna from the 27th February to the 3rd March 2019.
The UCD Centre for Arthritis Research have secured a rare chance to name an important gene which is associated with the development of several important autoimmune conditions. This opportunity has arisen in recognition of their research in the functional significance of the gene, C5orf30 and its linkage to tissue damage.
An Irish-led study into clinical genetics services highlights the challenges in achieving consistency in clinical genetics triage in a tertiary referral service. The study highlights the particular challenges in the Irish context given our larger average family size compared with UK centres.
There is a strong representation by UCD Researchers at the HepHIV2019 conference which takes place in Bucharest from 28th-30th January 2019. The HepCare Europe team led by Prof Jack Lambert are describing their work which focuses on providing an integrated care model for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) treatment by bringing primary HCV care into the community.
A new genetic study of over 6,000 Latin Americans, who have a mix of Native American, European and African ancestry reveals novel insights into the evolution of skin colour. The study published in Nature Communications identifies new genetic regions involving skin, eye and hair colour and show an important variation in one gene that is seen uniquely in East Asians and Native Americans.
A group of our students, supported by UCD Medicine and Mater Hospital staff recently completed a SPARC project entitled 'The Brush and the Scalpel' which used historical anatomy watercolours created by their predecessors in 1850.
Professor Stephen Pennington, a global leader in proteomics research and innovation, has been awarded the NovaUCD 2018 Innovation Award in recognition of his commitment and success in protein biomarker research and the conversion of this research into diagnostic tests for clinical use which can have a positive impact on the lives of patients worldwide.
A significant number of pregnant women in Ireland may be "secret smokers", leaving their baby at risk of being malnourished. A study by the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction reveal that 10% of mothers-to-be failed to disclose their smoking habit which could result in a growth-restricted or malnourished baby.
Using a new approach to identify and measure the aggressiveness of a patient’s prostate cancer, Irish-based researchers are developing a test which has so far proven to be more accurate than current clinical assessments.
A UCD Masterclass Programme was open to all Academic Track interns from around the country was held on Saturday, 8th September in the UCD Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre, Nelson Street, Dublin 7. This Masterclass is a formal teaching event facilitated by the UCD Intern Network and the UCD Clinical Research Centre supporting the Academic Track Intern Programme with the aim of fostering participants curiosity in pursuing a career as an academic clinician.
The UCD Intern Network has four Academic Track Intern posts for 2018/2019, These UCD Academic Track Interns rotate through Medicine for the Elderly, Gastroenterology and Orthopaedics at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital encompassing a three- month rotation for Clinical Research.
Dr Cliona McGovern has been appointed as an ethicist to the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians where she will be a member of the MRCP(UK) Scenario Editorial Committee (SEC).
The School is delighted to welcome applications for first time appointment, re-appointment or advancement within the 2019 UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway. This adjunct academic appointment scheme recognises the contribution of our clinical faculty who lead or support both our teaching and our research programmes across our clinical training network.
The PREPARE group at the UCD School of Medicine are currently seeking members to join a public panel to guide its research on flu preparedness. This panel will meet 4-6 times a year to learn about and discuss epidemics and critical care research; advise on elements of the research process, and; improve the relevance and acceptability of critical care research design. The public panel will be of interest to individuals who'd like to learn more about epidemics and advise on the design of critical care research. The group are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have experience (themselves/family member) of intensive care settings.
We are delighted to report that Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street is being honoured by the University in the 2018 UCD Alumni Awards. The award will be presented to Dr Mahony at the 2019 UCD Alumni Awards event in UCD O'Reilly Hall on Friday 9th November 2018.
The first national arthritis research conference open to the public, medical professionals and academics took place today (Friday 2nd November 2018 in University College Dublin.