2012 Events (Oct - Dec)

29th Nov 2012 at Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital

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Inaugural Conference on Collaborative Lifespan Research

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For the past two years, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the Rotunda Hospital have been working together on a strategic alliance known as the North Dublin Hospital Group (NDHG). As the NDHG is a unique grouping of hospitals that provides maternity, paediatric, adult and geriatric care, the NDHG is working together to build on the clinical, operational and educational synergies that exist between them.

The NDHG recognises the importance of collaboration in research for the healthcare system and for the country as a whole and as a result it is hosting the Inaugural Conference on Collaborative Lifespan Research. The purpose of the conference is to bring together an outstanding and diverse group of clinicians, researchers, and thought leaders at the forefront of collaborative research in Ireland. 

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Aims of the Conference

The objectives of the Collaborative Lifespan Research Conference are as follows:

  • To showcase the importance of collaboration in research for the healthcare system and for the country as a whole.
  • To highlight and demonstrate the value and attractiveness of progressing collaborative research opportunities in the future.
  • To make visible the collaborative efforts of the North Dublin Hospital Group.
  • To provide a forum for healthcare professionals and stakeholders to discuss frontier research in Irish medicine. 

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Event Programme

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08.30-09.00 - Conference Opens
09.00-09.15- Welcome & opening address

> Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, Chair, NDHG Research & Education Forum

09.20-09.40 - Birth asphexia - is it preventable?

> Dr Breda Hayes and Professor Mary King

09.40-10.00 - Platelet reactivity

> Dr Karen Flood

10.00-10.20 - The DOVE database: infections in pregnancy

> Dr Jack Lambert 

10.20-10.40 - Presentation of Research

> Professor Kevin Mulhall 



SESSION 2 - Presentations by Invited Speakers 
11.00-11.20 - The Irish galactosaemia story: (why sugar is sweet from beyond the cradle to old age)

> Professor Eileen Treacy 

11.20-11.40 - Translational coagulation research: potential therapeutic implications 

> Dr Fionnuala Ni Ainle

11.40-12.00 - Perinatal Ireland – an example of national research collaboration

> Professor Fergal Malone

SESSION 3 - Contributed Papers 
12.00-12.10 - Application of IR spectroscopy as a novel tool to identify progression of CIN: A revolution in cervical screening

> Dr Nikhil C Purandare

12.10-12.20 - Scaffold-free cartilaginous tissue engineered using osteoarthritic human infrapatellar fat pad derived stem cells

> Ms Elly Harris

12.20-12.30 - Resting state fMRI (rs-fMRI) connectivity analysis of the intra-uterine growth restricted infant brain

> Dr Michael Boyle

12.30-12.40 - In vitro assessment of primary human chondrocyte viability following treatment with intra-intra-articular contrast media and local anaesthetic

> Mr James Broderick

12.40-12.50 - HIV is an independent predictor of lower bone mineral density in HIV-positive subjects compared to HIV-negative subjects

> Dr Aoife Cotter

12.50-13.00 - The hype & hope of exomic sequencing. A review of 3 genomic studies

> Dr Judith Conroy



SESSION 4 - Keynote Address
14.00-14.40 - Keynote Address (followed by Q&A): Preparing for Life

> Dr Orla Doyle 



SESSION 5 - Panel Discussion 

15.00-15.55 - Panel Discussion

> Why investment in collaborative research should be a strategic priority for Ireland? 

15.55-16.00 - Closing Address

> Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, Chair, NDHG Research & Education Forum 


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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Orla Doyle BA, PhD

Dr. Orla Doyle is a lecturer in the UCD School of Economics and a research fellow at the UCD Geary Institute. Orla received a Ph.D. in economics from Trinity College Dublin in 2005 and a B.A. in economics and social science (TCD). The core focus of her research is a micro analysis of human behaviour using rigorous econometric techniques.

Orla applies quantitative microeconometrics skills to multiple disciplines including the economics of human development, health economics, labour economics, political behaviour, early child development and education, and methods for evaluating policy interventions. Orla is the principal investigator on the 'Preparing for Life' early childhood intervention.

Orla’s Key note address centres around her work on the Preparing for Life programme which is a five-year school readiness programme, beginning with the recruitment of 200 pregnant women living in disadvantaged areas of north Dublin. The programme is designed to work with families from pregnancy onwards and aims to support the healthy development of the child.

The experimental programme is the first of its kind in Ireland and aims to provide evidence on the best practice for early childhood interventions. 

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Panel Discussion

The final session of the day will take the form of a panel discussion on “Why investment in collaborative research should be a strategic priority for Ireland?”, which will include the following leading thinkers from the medical, academic, commercial, scientific and policy fields:

  • Dr Anne Cody - Head of Clinical and Applied Biomedical Research, Health Research Board
  • Professor Patrick Murray - Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University College Dublin
  • Dr Brian O'Neill - Lifesciences Manager, Enterprise Ireland
  • Jeanne Bolger - General Manager & VP Alliance Management, Janssen
  • Dick Ahlstrom - Science Editor, The Irish Times
  • Dr James Coleman – CEO, Vasorum

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Conference Registration

In order to register for the conference please visit the online registration site. Please note that capacity is limited so early booking is encouraged.

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The Royal College of Physicians Ireland has approved CPD accreditation for this event (6 external CPD credits). 

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