March 2015

UCD Researchers win Best Poster Awards at MMI Scientific Meeting

Thu, 26 March 15 16:00

The Molecular Medicine Ireland Education & Training Annual Scientific Meeting took place in the Science Gallery, TCD on Tuesday 24 March 2015.  Over 110 people gathered for presentations from the Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP), MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) alumni and the wider Irish research community.

Prof Catherine Godson, Prof Gordon Duff and Mr Andrew Selfridge, Winner of Best Research Poster at 2015 MMI Annual Scientific Meeting.

Prof Catherine Godson, Prof Gordon Duff and Mr Andrew Selfridge

We are pleased to announce that UCD Conway PhD student, Andrew Selfridge, won the award for best poster from the Wider Research Community for his poster ‘Suppression of hypoxia-induced HIF stabilisation by hypercapnia'.  Andrew is in his third year of a PhD study of the regulation of inflammatory gene expression during hypoxic inflammation under the academic supervision of Prof Cormac Taylor and Dr Alex Cheong.

Prof C Godson, Prof Gordon Duff + Conor Kerley

Prof Catherine Godson, Prof Gordon Duff and Mr Conor Kerley

The prize for runner up poster presentation from the Wider Research Community was awarded to fellow UCD PhD student Conor Kerley for his presentation 'Novel clinical aspects of dietary nitrate: potential effects on human cardiorespiratory disorders'.  Conor is in his fourth year of a PhD study of serum vitamin D levels, physical activity and sleep apnoea under the supervision of Dr Liam Cormican and Professor John Ryan.

Molecular Medicine Ireland Chairman, Mr Thomas Lynch, opened the meeting which comprised oral research presentations by CTRSP Scholars and keynote addresses from Professor Chris Chamberlain (UCB Pharma) and Professor Sir Gordon Duff (St Hilda's College, Oxford).

MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Alumni, Dr Fergus McCarthy (St Thomas' Hospital) and Dr Sanjay Chortimall (Imperial College London/Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore) presented their research and updated the audience on their career progression.

Further details on the meeting can be found here


About CSFP & Molecular Medicine Ireland

The Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) was funded under PRTLI Cycle 4 in 2008. 22 medical graduates undertook PhD studies in five academic institutions (NUI Galway, RCSI, TCD, UCC and UCD). Further information on the MMI CSFP at http://www.molecularmedicineireland.ie/csfp

The MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP) began in 2011 with an intake of 20 Scholars and a subsequent intake of 5 Scholars in 2012. The CTRSP is a unique cross-institutional programme which will develop graduates with knowledge and skills to pursue disease-focused research and bridge gaps between basic scientists, clinical scientists and industry. Further information on the MMI CTRSP at http://www.molecularmedicineireland.ie/ctrsp

The MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme is funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 5, and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).