November 2014

UCD Clinical Pathway 2014/2015 Opens for Applications

Sat, 29 November 14 21:27

We are pleased to announce that the UCD Clinical Pathway 2014/2015 has now opened for applications. Closing date for receipt of applicants to Academic Section Leaders is 31st January 2015.

356 individual clinicians have been appointed under the scheme sinces its inception in 2008.  Appointees to date comprise 194 UCD Clinical Lecturers, 112 Senior Clinical Lecturers, 44 Associate Clinical Professors and 6 UCD Clinical Professors.

Professor Puri Receives Major International Award

Sat, 29 November 14 16:00

Professor Prem Puri, UCD Newman Clinical Professor at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) at a special ceremony at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Brazilian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.

Christmas & New Year Road Safety Campaign Launched

Sat, 29 November 14 14:00

A Christmas and New Year Road Safety campaign was launched by the Minister for Transport, the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána at the Medical Bureau of Road Safety in the UCD Student Centre.  The MBRS provides alcohol and drug testing of blood and urine samples taken by Gardaí under the Road Traffic Acts.  It is led by Prof Denis Cusack whose group has also provided extensive training in roadside impairment testing to both Gardaí and Garda Instructors. While enforcement plays a part in better road safety, public attitudes to driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs must change.

Northeastern Ontario Mourns Loss of Pioneering Doctor

Sat, 29 November 14 08:00

We acknowledge the career of Dr William Fay (UCD Medicine 1966), a pioneering nephrologist with a 40 year distinguished career in hospital medicine who died recently in Ontario, Canada.

UCD Success in HH Stewart Scholarship Exams

Thu, 27 November 14 11:50

The National University of Ireland hold its annual HH Stewart Scholarship Medical examinations in September. This is a voluntary extracurricular examination, and the selection is made on the basis of student performance in modules allied to the chosen subject areas. A formal NUI awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 12th of November to celebrate academic excellence among students and graduates of NUI institutions. We are delighted to announce that this year, a total of fifteen UCD students placed in the top three places from the Schools of Medicine & Medical Science, Nursing and Physiotherapy.

Dr Patricia Scanlan Receives UCD Alumni Award

Thu, 27 November 14 11:31

The University’s inaugural Alumni Awards took place on the 14th November 2014 as part of the UCD Foundation Day celebrations. Our alumnus Dr Patricia Scanlan was acknowledged for her continued outstanding dedication to improving some of the world’s most fragile health systems, particularly in relation to the exceptionally challenging area of paediatric oncology. 

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Opportunities

Mon, 24 November 14 12:51

UCD students and staff are invited to apply for a fully funded Erasmus Mundus scholarship to go to South Africa, South America and Israel in 2015 – 2016.

Growing Research Programmes with Movember

Mon, 24 November 14 14:39

The Movember campaign has become a phenomenal success. On the lighter side, it taps into man’s ambition to release his inner Neanderthal. On the more serious side, it heightens awareness of prostate cancer and raises vital funds to support research into this disease that is diagnosed in 3000 men in Ireland each year.

Partners in Health – Addressing Social Injustices that Give Rise to Poor Health

Mon, 24 November 14 13:40

Partners in Health (PIH) is a non-profit organization affiliated with Harvard Medical School that provides healthcare to the destitute poor, and attempts to address the social injustices that give rise to poor health ( Each year, PIH runs a summer internship program in the Boston office that offers the opportunity to engage in global health and social justice work by collaborating with PIH and Harvard faculty and staff. 

Next Steps for the UN's MDG

Mon, 24 November 14 13:35

U21 has consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council, and as such was invited to send a delegate to New York for the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, entitled 2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda. Nadia D’Alton, a member of the U21 Health Sciences Group went as the UCD representative and here reports back on the event

Student Wins Big with Cystic Fibrosis Research Team

Mon, 17 November 14 09:00

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust acknowledges the success of SSRA 2014 overall winner, Caroline Moran, and congratulates her on her achievement.  

Dr Jonathan McNulty Elected to the Executive Board of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies

Fri, 14 November 14 10:00

During the EFRS AGM held in Coimbra, Portugal, on the 7th and 8th of November, Dr Jonathan McNulty (Diagnostic Imaging, SMMS) was elected to the Executive Board (2014-2017) where he will be responsible for education, training and research matters and will represent the EFRS in a number of fora including the European Commission, WHO, International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists, European Society of Radiology, European Congress of Radiology and across a number of EU-funded research projects.

UCD Academic Centre for Paediatric Research Launched

Fri, 14 November 14 17:00

Today saw the launch of the UCD Academic Centre for Paediatric Research which aims to unite academic and clinical research across UCD to inform decisions on how diseases of childhood are investigated and managed.  The Centre launch was marked by a symposium attended by the leading UCD affiliated researchers working at UCD Belfield and across affiliated children’s hospitals. 

SMMS Principle Investigator and Conway Institute Researcher Wins Irish Cardiac Society Award

Mon, 10 November 14 14:37

Dr Chris Watson, a researcher in UCD Conway Institute and principal investigator in UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science was awarded the Brian Maurer Young Investigator award at the 2014 Irish Cardiac Society annual scientific meeting held in Athlone. The award recognises his work on epigenetic modifying therapy for the treatment of cardiac fibrosis and hypertrophy. 

Prestigious Nature Accolade for Inspiring Science Students

Mon, 3 November 14 14:28

Conway Fellow, Professor Cormac Taylor has received the 2014 Nature Award for Mentoring in Science at the Science Foundation Ireland 2014 Summit. Nature hosts these annual awards to champion the importance of mentoring and inspiring a generation of young scientists.

Professor Des Higgins in Nature's Top 10 most highly cited research publications of all time

Sat, 1 November 14 01:02

A research paper by Professor Des Higgins that set the international standard for DNA sequence analysis is featured in Nature's Top 10 most highly cited research publications of all time. This recognition follows the recent inclusion of Prof Higgins in the Thomson Reuters' List of the World'd Most Influential Scientific Minds.

UCD Medicine Alumnus Announced as Next President at University of Bristol

Sat, 1 November 14 00:00

Former UCD President and UCD Medicine alumnus, Prof Hugh Brady was announced today as the next President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol.  Prof Brady will become the second UCD Medicine alumnus to lead a Russell Group University and with his appointment will be the third UCD Medicine graduate to hold a post of University President.  The School offers its congratulations and best wishes to Professor Brady on his new appointment.