Using Artificial Intelligence to Detect Eye Disease

Mon, 13 August 18 16:21

In a paper published in Nature Medicine, UK clinical scientists describe an application of artificial intelligence in ophthalmology which can recommend the correct referral decision for over 50 eye diseases as accurately as world-leading experts.  The machine learning technology is trained on thousands of retinal scans to identify features of eye disease that should be referred for specialist treatment.  As one of the senior authors is a UCD alumnus, Dr Pearse Keane, we asked UCD staff to comment on the significance of this work.  

Novel Myofibroblast Differences in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Mon, 13 August 18 11:10

Variations in the genetic profiles and functional characteristics of myofibroblasts of different origins may hold the key to identifying therapeutic targets in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Anaesthetic Research Fellowship

Fri, 3 August 18 16:31

Congratulations to Dr Tom Wall (from Professor Donal Buggy’s group) who received the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (CAI) Anaesthetic Research Fellowship for his presentation on The Effect of Anaesthetic Agents on Metastasis in a Mouse Model of Breast Cancer which won the research group a Scholarship prize of €25,000.

Prescribing Aspirin in Early Pregnancy to Reduce Preeclampsia Incidence

Fri, 3 August 18 10:36 David Kearns, Digital Journalist/Media Officer, UCD University Relations

After showing that women in Ireland and the UK are open to taking a preventative low daily dose of asprin to reduce risk of preeclampsia and had a high level of adherence to this daily dose, the UCD Perinatal Research Centre is calling for a widespread randomised controlled trial to address the efficacy and safety of a low dose aspirin approach, compared with a screening approach.

Call for Nominations for UCD Medicine Harps

Fri, 27 July 18 19:02

Throughout our School’s history, we’ve a proud tradition of students, staff and alumni representing their clubs, county and university in Gaelic Games.  So in the run up to Gaelic Sunday and the business end of this year’s All-Ireland Football Championships, we thought we’d try to put together a UCD Medicine dream team. We invite you to nominate players – male or female - of any county in any era, who were students, staff or graduates of the School and who represented their county at underage, minor or senior level football for inclusion in our 30-person squad. 

Outcome of Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Dyskeratosis Congenita

Mon, 23 July 18 11:33

A team of international investigators supported by researchers from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, examined the outcome of HSCT in the largest cohort of DC patients ever studied.  The retrospective, multi-centre study showed that overall survival and event-free survival  at 3 years after HSCT were 66% and 62%, respectively.   

Comparison of Maternal Dietary Intakes of Smokers with Non-Smokers

Fri, 20 July 18 17:04

Women who continue smoking during pregnancy have serious inadequacies of both dietary micronutrients and macronutrients which could potentially aggravate fetal growth restriction caused by direct toxicity from cigarettes.

Genome instability is a consequence of transcription deficiency in patients with bone marrow failure

Fri, 20 July 18 14:14

A team of international researchers have demonstrated that genome instability in bone marrow failure patients with biallelic ERCC6L2 variants arises due to a particular genetic mutation causing a primary transcription deficiency rather than as a consequence of a DNA repair defect.

UCD Surgical Society News

Tue, 3 July 18 11:13

The UCD Surgical Society Call for Abstracts for their annual conference is now open.  The conference, entitled "Stepping Up to the Table" takes place in St Vincent's University Hospital on the 1st December 2018 (Date subject to confirmation).  Closing date for receipt of abstracts is early November 2018.  Please check UCD Surgical Society Facebook page for further details. 

Key 2018/2019 Dates for Graduate Research Students

Tue, 3 July 18 10:25

A summary of key dates for new and continuing Graduate Research students is presented here for information.  It is the responsibility of students and their supervisors to familiarise themselves with the School's procedures and policies in respect of graduate research studies.

Our Thanks to Professor Patrick Murray

Mon, 2 July 18 14:23

As he concludes his five year term of office as Dean of Medicine and Head of School, we take this opportunity to thank Professor Patrick Murray for his outstanding leadership and for his tremendous support to our students and staff.

2018 UCD Medicine Conferring Dinner

Tue, 19 June 18 16:42

The School celebrated the 2018 UCD Medicine Conferring with its annual conferring dinner at UCD O'Reilly Hall on the evening of Thursday 7th June 2018.  A number of student and staff medals and prizes were presented and the School's Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Dr Rhona Mahony, Master at the National Maternity Hospital.

Birth Weight & Gestational Weight Gain

Mon, 18 June 18 15:33

Researchers at the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital have published the results of an observational cohort study investigating the correlation between gestational weight gain and infant birth weight.  The group concluded that the positive correlation between GWG in pregnancy and BW can be accounted for by the contribution of fetal weight to GWG antenatally without a contribution from increased maternal adiposity.

2018 UCD Medicine Conferring

Mon, 11 June 18 17:53

The 2018 UCD Medicine Conferring took place at UCD O’Reilly Hall, Belfield on Thursday 7thJune 2018 with 304 graduands conferred with undergraduate and graduate masters or doctoral degrees.  The conferring featured posthumous degree awards to the late Dr Lorcán Miller and Dr Eimear Walsh as well as the awarding of the inaugural Lorcán Miller medal and Eimear Walsh medal to Dr Jennifer Britton by members of Lorcán and Eimear’s families.

New Director at UCD Charles Institute

Thu, 31 May 18 18:26

The University has announced the appointment of Prof Desmond J Tobin as new Director of the UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology and Professor of Dermatological Sciences.  Prof Tobin will take up his appointment in September 2018 and joins the School as UCD Professor of Dermatological Sciences.  

Risk-adapted Treatment of Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia

Thu, 31 May 18 17:51

An international clinical trial involving researchers at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin has demonstrated that extended use of all-trans retinoic acid coupled to risk-adapted consolidation can achieve high remission rates in childhood acute promyelocytic leukaemia whilst limiting anthracycline exposure.  

Rare Disease Symposium 2018

Tue, 29 May 18 10:35

UCD hosted its annual Rare Disease Symposium on 3rd May 2018 which aimed to highlight developments in rare disease research and education, to raise public awareness of rare diseases and build a more cohesive University-wide collaboration in partnership with patient adovcate organisations. The audience of almost 200 attendees included people living with a rare disease, families, researchers, policymakers and students, who gathered to discuss the symposium's main themes of 'Innovative Approaches to Rare Diseases' and 'Holistic Care in Rare Diseases'.

Dean of Medicine and Head of School

Fri, 25 May 18 12:23

The University has announced Professor Michael Keane as the next Dean of Medicine and Head of UCD School of Medicine for a five-year term from the 1st September 2018.  Prof Keane succeeds Prof Patrick Murray who completes his five-year term at the end of this academic year.

Mindreading 2018

Tue, 22 May 18 18:51

Mindreading 2018, a two day programme of presentations and workshops that explores productive interactions between narrative and mental health, takes place from 18-19th June 2018 at the University of Birmingham.  This second conference on the theme is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, St Anne's College, Oxford and the UCD School of Medicine's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry group.

Call for Participants - Curiosity in Medical Education

Fri, 18 May 18 19:15

Dr Jennifer Yates invites members of our teaching faculty to take part in a qualitative intepretive study of medical educator approaches to curiosity in medical education.