Congratulations to Oisín Gough, a PhD student with the Diabetes Complications Research Centre at the UCD Conway Institute on being awarded a Gaelic Players Association (GPA) postgraduate scholarship for 2014. The Dublin senior hurler has been invited to become an ICON-GPA Life Sciences Ambassador under a new initiative between the clinical research organisation and the player representative body.
Reflecting their European leadership in radiography, the UCD Diagnostic Imaging group was strongly represented at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna, Austria. The UCD delegation gave a large number of oral and poster presentations, winning several prizes and commendations including best scientific presentation and awards by several of our student presenters.
Continuing our successful elective partnerships with medical schools around the world, we are delighted to host students from the USA, China and Sweden. Our thanks to clinical, academic and administrative staff for facilitating these visits. We look forward to our students making reciprocial visits during the summer.
Congratulations to UCD Graduate Entry Medicine student Brendan Kelly who was runner up in the European Congress of Radiology Rising Star 2014 competition. Brendan presented details of a project which he undertook as part of the UCD Student Summer Research 2013 competition. The project investigated the development of radiological image interpretation skill through medical training by measuring both diagnostic accuracy and eye movements during visual search.
It showing that radiograph reader performance increases with experience, the data would suggest that specific training is needed to improve radiology expertise and that the development of an “expert” search pattern predates the development of “expert” levels of diagnostic accuracy. Arising from this research, the School is developing a radiology online teaching tool to introduce medical and radiography students to medical images at the beginning of their studies alongside learning anatomy with the potential to improve diagnostic accuracy and search pattern.
Innovative Irish web application, Life in the Womb has been shortlisted in the 18th international Webby awards having been chosen from 10,000 worldwide applications. Developed by The Science Picture Company with the assistance of staff at the National Maternity Hospital, it is the only Irish app to be nominated for these prestigious awards. We encourage you to vote for the app in the Peoples’ Voice award before the closing date of Friday 25th April 2014.