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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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, 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.
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.
Although it has been a worrying couple of weeks for Irish women, Professor Donal Brennan explains why it is vital for women to continue with the National cervical screening programme, which from the objective evidence available at the moment is reducing the incidence of cervical cancer. At present the best way to reduce the risk of cervical cancer is to stay within the national programme and to vaccinate your daughters.
Monday 14th May marked the first Skin Cancer Awareness Event at UCD. The event took place in the UCD Student Centre and was organized by SBI in collaboration with the Irish Skin Foundation, colleagues from UCD Conway Institute and BREAST-PREDICT.
The School was delighted to welcome back our alumni to the 2018 UCD Medical Graduates Association Alumni Reunion which took place on Friday, 11th May 2018. Now firmly established as a key highlight of the School calendar, this event was attended by graduates from the Medicine Classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2008 and 2017.
The UCD School of Medicine is pleased to report the outcome of the 2017/2018 UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway adjunct appointment process. A total of 74 applications were received under the School’s adjunct academic appointment process comprising 44 first time applicants and 30 applications for re-appointment or promotion. Following these appointments, the School’s adjunct clinical faculty now extends to 605 individuals from across 32 clinical sites, a nationwide general practice network, community mental health services as well as the National Ambulance Service and Dublin Fire Brigade. Three individuals were appointed at UCD Full Clinical Professor and nine appointed at UCD Clinical Professor.
The School invites applications for Medical Traineeships in Human Anatomy for academic year 2018/2019. Full-time MD and PhD scholarships for one year (or possible extension for the duration of research degree) offfer a tax-free stipend and payment of research programme tuition fees. Successful candidates will undertake a graduate research degree while gaining skills and experience teaching functional and clinical anatomy to medical and allied health students. Research MSc. and MCh are also available. Closing Date: 5th June 2018.
The School invites applications for Medical Traineeships in Human Anatomy for academic year 2018/2019. Full-time MD and PhD scholarships for one year (or possible extension for the duration of research degree) offfer a tax-free stipend and payment of research programme tuition fees. Successful candidates will undertake a graduate research degree while gaining skills and experience teaching functional and clinical anatomy to medical and allied health students. Research MSc. and MCh are also available. Closing Date: 7th May 2018.
In the latest publication of the journal Cell, Dr. Henry Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research, and colleague Prof Stephen Pennington, UCD Professor of Proteomics, detail the evolution of precision medicine, and how the National Cancer Institute is taking key strides to coordinate with the international cancer research community to provide an integrated, open-data approach to precision oncology.
Congratulations to Ms Sharon Omiwole (Stage 1 Medicine) who has been named the winner of FameLab Ireland, the national science communication competition for students. FameLab helps emerging scientists and engineers to acquire valuable skills to communicate their work to a non-scientific audience. Sharon will go on to represent Ireland at the international finals of the competition at the Cheltenham Science Festival.
Prof Kenneth Wolfe has been awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant for the second time in his career. He is the first ever Ireland-based researcher to receive two of the highly sought after research funding awards.
The death has been announced of Professor Edward Guiney (UCD MB BCh BAO 1956, MCh 1961), a distinguished alumnus who had a stellar career as an internationally recognised paediatric surgeon, researcher and teacher. We offer our condolences to Professor Guiney’s family and friends, former colleagues and patients.
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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research Roche Newman Fellowship in Neurology base at St Vincent's University Hospital under the supervision of Dr Christopher McGuigan. The research project will focus largely on the biomarkers to monitor progressive forms of Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland. Closing Date: 30th April 2018.
Heart-warming story of how genomics research has transformed the life of a young patient with Progressive Dystonia allowing her to speak for the first time in four years. The research by Genomics Medicine Ireland and the UCD Academic Centre on Rare Diseases identified a gene mutation that identified her as a suitable candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation.