Researchers from University College Dublin and Imperial College London have carried out a blood test for detecting early signs of heart disease for the first time in Malawi, Africa as part of a new research project for the management of type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at the National Centre for Medical Genetics have conducted a genome scan of 225 Irish families to locate causative mutations in vesicoureteric reflux. Their work indicates that the condition is even more genetically heterogeneous than previously thought while also highlighting various genes already implicated in urinary tract development.
UCD Conway PhD student, Karen Hanrahan has won the award for best research poster in the recent annual scientific meeting of MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP). A member of the Watson research group, Karen’s research involves analysing docetaxel-resistant prostate cancer cell lines in the laboratory to identify pathways to explain how and why resistance develops to docetaxel chemotherapy.
Prof Carel Le Roux has been awarded a prestigious President of Ireland Young Investigator Award by President Michael D Higgins in recognition of his research into mechanistic understanding of appetite control and its role in obesity and related diseases. The Science Foundation Ireland award acknowledges cutting-edge research in fields considered critical to Ireland’s economic and social prosperity.
A comprehensive national audit of almost 226,000 births in Ireland reveals an apparent increase in incidence of neural tube defects between 2009 and 2011, reversing the trend seen over the previous ten years. The researchers conclude that there should be a review of current policy on both peri-conceptual folic acid supplementation and mandatory food fortification.
Three UCD Conway early career researchers scooped prizes for their research at the 2014 Irish Association of Cancer Research annual meeting while Prof Bill Watson was elected as President, IACR.
The competition for the prestigious Ambrose Birmingham Medal in Anatomy is now open. The competition is open to candidates who have completed the whole human anatomy course. The Medal is awarded on the results of specially arranged examinations in Anatomy to be held on Saturday 14th September 2014.
The School offers its congratulations to Dr Garret A. FitzGerald (Uni of Pennsylvania) who was honoured today with the inaugural St Partick’s Day Science Medal by Science Foundation Ireland. Dr FitzGerald was presented with the award by An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny T.D. at a Science Foundation Ireland-hosted event in Washington D.C. The SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal is intended to recognise the achievements of a distinguished Irish scientist or engineer, living and working in the USA, in particular their contribution back to Ireland.
Applications are invited from graduates with medicine or life science degrees for full-time Medical Traineeships within the School in the areas of Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Informatics. Appointees will be required to undertake a graduate research degree programme. The appointees will join a vibrant and dynamic community of biomedical scientists and will have an opportunity to contribute to our teaching and research programmes. Closing Date for applications is 28th March 2014.
Applications are now invited to compete for the James B Coakley Medal for Dissection 2014. This is prestigious competition will provide a small select number of students with a privileged opportunity to work with a precious educational resource. Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 4th April 2014.
From our first female medical students in 1899 through to the young radiographers presenting today at a major international radiology conference, the School is fortunate to have among its ranks women of talent, leadership and achievement. On International Women’s Day 2014, we salute all women, celebrated or not, who make a difference to the lives of patients and their families every day.