The UCD Intern Career Advice Day took place on Saturday, 18th November 2017 in the UCD Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre. With keynote presentations from a large academic and clinical faculty and series of practice interviews, we hope that our Interns found the event helpful in advance of their forthcoming BST applications.
Congratulations to Dr Jonathan McNulty who has been unanimously elected as President of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies. Comprising 38 radiographer societies from 32 countries, the EFRS represents more than 100,000 radiographers and 8,000 radiography students in Europe.
The University and School were well represented at the National University of Ireland Annual Awards Ceremony with our students claiming a number of the prize in medicine and science.
Patients with Cystic Fibrosis at St Vincent’s University Hospital took part in a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled phase 3 crossover clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ivacaftor alone and in combination with tezacaftor, a CF transmembrane conductance regulator. Researchers believe that these combination therapies will extend the number of patients who can benefit from modulator therapies.
Researchers at the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction have examined the relationship between timing and duration of folic acid supplementation in achieving red blood cell folate levels in early pregnancy which are optimal for the prevention of neural tube defect. Women planning a pregnancy should be advised to start FA supplementation at least 6 weeks before trying to conceive if they are to optimize their RBC folate levels.
We are delighted to announce that the Summer Student Research Awards (SSRA) Programme 2018 is open for project submission. Proposals are sought for eight-week laboratory, clinical, patient-centred or educational research projects, to be undertaken by our undergraduate students within the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering and Architecture during Summer 2018.
Researchers at the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction conducted a randomised controlled trial evaluating the use of a medically supervised pregnancy exercise intervention in obese women as a strategy to improve maternal glycemia and gestational weight gain. The study published in Obstetrics & Gynaecology showed that an intensive, medically supervised exercise intervention for obese women from early pregnancy did not improve maternal glycemia. Pregnant women who are obese, however, should be advised to exercise because it attenuates excessive gestational weight gain.
In advance of World Radiography Day 2017 which takes place on 8th November 2017, UCD Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging launch 'UCD Radiography Reaches Out' a competition designed to celebrate imaging and UCD Radiography reach across the world.