January 2019 | Eanáir 2019

UCD Researchers at HepHIV 2019

Mon, 28 January 19 12:05

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Goal Three focuses on health, and in part aims to "By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases." UCD is answering this call, with two collaborative and innovative cross-European health programmes.

HepCare Europe and the Joint Action Integrate are two large-scale programmes co-funded by the European Union 3rd Health Programme.  HepCare Europe is led by the UCD School of Medicine's own Prof. Jack Lambert (consultant in infectious diseases at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital) and Prof. Walter Cullen, UCD Professor of Urban General Practice.  The initiative focuses on providing an integrated care model for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) treatment by bringing primary HCV care into the community.

UCD is also involved with the Joint Action Integrate, as Prof. Jack Lambert, Prof. Walter Cullen and Prof. Paddy Mallon, UCD Professor of Microbial Diseases at St Vincent’s University Hospital work to integrate prevention, testing and linkage to care across HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). Both programmes are being showcased at the HepHIV 2019 conference in Bucharest, Romania January 29-30, highlighting UCD's collaborations with institutions to improve healthcare across Europe.

On behalf of both HepCare Europe and Integrate, Prof. Jack Lambert is moderating a session on Combination Prevention and he is presenting on "Service Integration- Reaching the homeless population" and "Hepcheck-Enhancing HCV identification and linkage to care for vulnerable populations through intensified outreach screening".  Also at HepHIV2019, Dr Irina Ianache MD (Specialist in Infectious Diseases at the Victor Babes Hospital for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Bucharest, Romania) of HepCare Europe presents "HepLink: Findings from a Multi-centre Observational Study in Primary and Community Care".

Among the HepCare Europe Posters being presented at HepHIV2019 are:

  • HepCare Europe Manifesto
  • HepCheck-Enhancing HCV identification and linkage to care for vulnerable populations through intensified outreach screening 
  • HepLink: Findings from a Multi-centre Observational Study in Primary and Community Care

Further Information

Prof Jack Lambert – Research Profile

Prof Walter Cullen – Research Profile

Prof Paddy Mallon – Research Profile

For more information about HepCare (http://www.ucd.ie/medicine/hepcare/)

For more information about HepHIV2019