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.
In advance of World Radiography Day 2017 which takes place on 8th November 2017, UCD Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging launch 'UCD Radiography Reaches Out' a competition designed to celebrate imaging and UCD Radiography reach across the world.
Dr Cliona McGovern presented on Female Genital Mutilation in Northern Kenya at UCD Breakout Research on "Human Rights in Focus". The aim of this research is to learn from very different cultures in order to assist medical practitioners in Ireland to help patients who have undergone FGM.
The School was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Irish writer and film-maker Simon Fitzmaurice. A powerful participant in our 'Care in Medicine' series, Simon inspired our students with his wisdom, determination, humour and love.
Clinical Research Development Ireland offer an online module entitled 'Case Studies in Drug Discovery & Development'.
The AUDGPI Academic Primary Care Career Development Conference is now open for registrations. The conference will be of interest to colleagues who are working in academic primary care or who are interested in getting started on such a career and will provide insights on how to get started on an academic career, outline teaching and research opportunities, how to undertake a higher (research) degree and how to source research funding.
Congratulations to Ross Murtagh (Stage 2 Medicine) whose SSRA17 research project took the best poster award for the integrated HCV care category at the European General Practice Research Network in Croke Park.
UCD HMRG had a strong showing at two prestigious international conferences being held concurrently in Milan this week, the 19th international Workshop on Co-morbidities and Adverse Drug Reactions (IWCADR) and the 16th European AIDS Clinical Society Conference (EACS). These conferences are the foremost conferences in HIV and Co-Morbidities in Europe in 2017. HMRG researchers presented a total of 10 abstracts, with 6 oral presentations covering issues relating to bone disease, dyslipidaemia, quality of life and clinical trials of new antiretroviral agents for the management of HIV, in collaboration with colleagues across the globe.
It is nearly 100 years since Dr Kathleen Lynn first proposed building a national tertiary paediatric hospital. We sincerely hope that the hospital is built promptly, properly and resourced to deliver the country's ambition. A number of staff and alumni have suggested that the new hospital be named after the distinguished UCD Medicine alumna, who founded our first national children's hospital.
Genome Medicine Ireland has launched a genomic research study with two leading Dublin hospitals to identify genetic markers that can help diagnose, predict disease severity and identify personalised treatments for people with inflammatory bowel disease.
A team of Irish medical students took the inaugural 'The Move' European Neurology competition at the Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris – the birthplace of modern day neurology. This innovative simulation training approach developed by Prof Emmanuel Flamand-Roze, endeavours to overcome neurophobia among medical students by providing them with a neurology semiologica approach to learning.
Congratulations to two UCD investigators who have won the inaugural University College Dublin (UCD) Allergan Innovation Awards in recognition of their innovative research potential.
Congratulations to Dr Eavan McGovern (UCD Medicine 2007) who was recently awarded a Dr. Richard Steevens' Scholarship. This prestigious award is given annually to Specialist or Senior Registrars with strong track records in achievement. Dr McGovern has commenced a one year Clinical Fellowship in Transitional Care Neurology in the Brain and Spine Institute, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France.
The 2017 Student Summer Research Awards took place on the 4th Oct 17 at the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science. There was a high standard of oral presentations by the eight student finalists who conducted 8-week research projects at UCD and at our clinical and international affiliates.