Congratulations to Dr Christine Kiel, senior investigator at UCD Systems Biology Ireland who was recently awarded a SFI President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Award. Dr Kiel was once of five recipients who were honoured by President Michael D. Higgins at a special ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin.
A recent paper by Dunican et al describes the use of multi-detector computed tomography to stratify patients with severe asthma. The radiographic approach for quantifying airway mucus plugs suggests that treating mucus plugs may improve airflow in chronic severe asthma.
We extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and patients of Sr Dr Maura Lynch (UCD Medicine 1964) who died recently after 50 years of dedicated clinical and missionary service in Africa.
Researchers at the National Children's Research Centre have contributed to a major breakthrough in juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia. The international research group has identified three prognostic subgroups with unique molecular and clinical characteristics through analysis of DNA methylation.
The Summer Student Research Awards (SSRA) Programme 2018 is now open for project submission. Proposals are sought for eight-week laboratory, clinical, patient-centred or educational research projects, to be undertaken by our undergraduate students during Summer 2018. Details of project submission and ethics approval are attached.
Investigators at the National Maternity Hospital have commenced enrolment of neonatal babies into a European paediatric clinical trial investigating the use of prophylactic oropharyngeal surfactant to reduce the rate of endotracheal intubation for respiratory failure shortly after birth.
The UCD Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging Group invites applications to its new online Professional Diploma in Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound. Closing date for applications to the next intake is Friday 5th January 2018.
The School offers an extensive portfolio of over fifty graduate taught programmes ranging from certificate, through diploma, to master's level across a range of biomedical and clinical specialties. Our programmes are designed to support continuous professional development of healthcare staff as well as provide specialist education to those working in healthcare support roles. A number of our programmes are now enrolling for January 2018 start.
The School held a Farewell Ceremony on 1st December 2017 for our students from Penang Medical College prior to their return to Malaysia where they will complete their clinical training.
The UCD Intern Career Advice Day took place on Saturday, 18th November 2017 in the UCD Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre. With keynote presentations from a large academic and clinical faculty and series of practice interviews, we hope that our Interns found the event helpful in advance of their forthcoming BST applications.
The School in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland held a Festschrift for Professor Ronan O’Connell, recently retired UCD Professor of Surgery and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at St Vincent’s University Hospital. The event accurately reflected the impressive body of work which Prof O’Connell has delivered throughout his career. He has inspired a generation of clinician scientists to follow in his footsteps and has brought considerable distinction to both the University and the School of Medicine through his academic scholarship.
The UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science 2017 Conferring Ceremony took place on Friday 15th December 2017 at UCD O’Reilly Hall. Led by UCD President, Prof Andrew J Deeks, a total of 131 graduands were conferred with a Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic Studies), a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (Advanced Paramedic Studies) or a Diploma in Military Medical Care. The graduands include professional staff from the Dublin Fire Brigade, the National Ambulance Service and from the Irish Defence Forces.
The School is pleased to announced that the 2017/2018 UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway is now open for applications. Now in its eleventh year, this highly successful adjunct appointment scheme recognises the contribution of clinical staff to our academic programmes. Closing date for applications to Section Leaders is Wed 28 Feb 2018.
A third of women in Ireland are not meeting World Health Organisation recommended folate levels for the prevention of neural tube defects (NTDs) in early pregnancy. This was the key finding of a new report commissioned by safefood entitled ‘The folate status of pregnant women in the Republic of Ireland; the current position’.
The University and School were well represented at the National University of Ireland Annual Awards Ceremony with our students claiming a number of the prize in medicine and science.
Congratulations to Dr Jonathan McNulty who has been unanimously elected as President of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies. Comprising 38 radiographer societies from 32 countries, the EFRS represents more than 100,000 radiographers and 8,000 radiography students in Europe.
Patients with Cystic Fibrosis at St Vincent’s University Hospital took part in a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled phase 3 crossover clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ivacaftor alone and in combination with tezacaftor, a CF transmembrane conductance regulator. Researchers believe that these combination therapies will extend the number of patients who can benefit from modulator therapies.
Researchers at the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction have examined the relationship between timing and duration of folic acid supplementation in achieving red blood cell folate levels in early pregnancy which are optimal for the prevention of neural tube defect. Women planning a pregnancy should be advised to start FA supplementation at least 6 weeks before trying to conceive if they are to optimize their RBC folate levels.
We are delighted to announce that the Summer Student Research Awards (SSRA) Programme 2018 is open for project submission. Proposals are sought for eight-week laboratory, clinical, patient-centred or educational research projects, to be undertaken by our undergraduate students within the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering and Architecture during Summer 2018.
Researchers at the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction conducted a randomised controlled trial evaluating the use of a medically supervised pregnancy exercise intervention in obese women as a strategy to improve maternal glycemia and gestational weight gain. The study published in Obstetrics & Gynaecology showed that an intensive, medically supervised exercise intervention for obese women from early pregnancy did not improve maternal glycemia. Pregnant women who are obese, however, should be advised to exercise because it attenuates excessive gestational weight gain.