13 FEBRUARY 2019

Research and Postgraduate News

Michael Bennaim picture with a dog

Michael Bennaim successfully defended his Doctor of Veterinary Medical Specialisation (DVMS) thesis. Michael completed his DVMS while undertaking an ECVIM-CA residency, under the supervision of Dr. Robert E. Shiel (primary supervisor) and Prof. Carmel Mooney. He is about to sit the exam to become a European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. The thesis entitled “Selected aspects of diagnosis of naturally occurring hyperadrenocorticism and hypothyroidism in dogs” focused on improving the diagnosis of two common endocrine diseases in dogs. The research performed as part of this thesis describes a novel interpretation of a historically used diagnostic test for diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism. Additionally, this research showed that several methods claimed to measure the same thyroid hormone (i.e. free thyroxine) and used by various commercial laboratories cannot be used interchangeably. Michael is currently working in a referral practice in south of France.

Veterinary Ireland Journal (VIJ) now features UCD Veterinary Medicine Research articles every month!

Conor McAloon highlighted his Calf health research in January issue and Emmeline Hill, Lisa Katz, Dr Beatrice A McGivney (Plusvital) and Jonathan W O'Grady (Plusvital) provided overview of the investigation of  the ‘Speed Gene’ test in February edition. Both articles are available in pdf format;

Open Access publication

There has been an ongoing drive towards open access scientific publications for some years. Released in mid-2018, 'Plan S' seeks to decisively advance this drive, foreseeing that all scholarly publications resulting from public research funding must be published in Open Access journals or on Open Access platforms from 1 January 2020. Information about Plan S is available at https://www.coalition-s.org/, and in this pdf document Plan S open access publication.

The 2019 IRC Employment Based Postgraduate Programme 

The 2019 IRC Employment Based Postgraduate Programme call is now open. Deadline for submissions via the IRC online application system is 16:00 (Irish time) Thursday 28 February 2019. All relevant information about the programme (Guidelines for Applicants; Supervisors; and Employment Mentors etc) can be found here: http://research.ie/funding/ebp/?f=postgraduate


Call for presentations

Postgraduate Lives—Challenges and Opportunities in Postgraduate Support and Education, Thursday 9 May 2019, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

This free one-day conference will bring together academics, professional support staff, students, and policy makers from the higher education sector to discuss the current and future landscapes of postgraduate experience; to share examples of best practice in postgraduate support, education, and supervision; to showcase the postgraduate student voice; and to begin a conversation on how to enhance the experience of postgraduate students throughout their educational journey.

Proposals are welcome from anyone working in higher education institutions, or other related organisations, in Ireland or abroad, as researchers, educators, or in a role in supporting the postgraduate experience in student affairs and academic support.

Conference Themes:

Proposals for both research papers and presentations on practice initiatives/ models on any aspect of the postgraduate experience are welcome.  Ideally, presentations will be outcome-based and demonstrate one or both of:

  • New research, analysis or datasets on postgraduate support, education, academic policy or the student experience and institutional or sectoral level and/ or
  • Innovative modes of postgrad-specific service, education, intervention, or supervision


Proposals should be submitted by 5pm on 22 February 2019 by submitting an abstract (250 words), together with submitter details via this link: Postgraduate Lives Conference Submissions

For more details please contact the Postgraduate Advisory service at pgsupp@tcd.ie

Postgraduate Education Committee Alerts

Orpheus Conference 2019

The annual conference of the Organisation of PhD education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System is scheduled for 21-23 March 2019 in University College Dublin. Please visit http://www.ucd.ie/orpheus2019/eventinformation/ for registration and more details on the programme.

E-thesis system roll-out

From September 2019 all postgraduate thesis will be submitted electronically. Staff who wish to participate in the E-thesis pilot please contact assessment@ucd.ie, Dr Mary Bushe (x1434) or Mr Ciaran O’hUiltachain (x1652).

Biomedical Research Adviser appointment

Dr Debra Higgins (debra.higgins@ucd.ie), the new biomedical research adviser for the College of Health and Agricultural Science, will assist AREC applications or HPRA authorisations.

Postgraduate Research Symposium

Please support the inaugural Research Symposium which will take place on 14th March 2019 in the Moore Auditorium, O'Brien Centre for Science.

Research Toolbox

UCD Research Managers and Administrators Network (URMAN)

Membership is open to all personnel with a research manager, administrator or support role in UCD providing services to Researchers.

If you would like to join or nominate a new member please follow this link.


Bernadeta would welcome any feedback on the UCD Vet Med Research and Postgraduate E-zine. In addition, if you have any items that you would like to include in the next e-zine please email bernadeta.kieromin@ucd.ie

If you have a research article that you would like to feature in the Veterinary Ireland Journal please contact John Mark O’Leary at john.oleary@ucd.ie