26 February 2019 - CLASS in conjunction with UCD Research Seminar Series 2019 on Sustainable Development Goals

Venue: UCD Conway Lecture Theatre
Time: 12pm

CLASS in conj with Sustainable Development Goal 3

Goal 3: Good Health & Wellbeing
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, increased access to physicians and more tips on ways to reduce ambient pollution, significant progress can be made in helping to save the lives of millions.

Chair: Professor Catherine Godson, UCD Conway Institute, Diabetes Complications Research Centre & School of Medicine


Ms Helen Heneghan, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, St. Vincent’s University Hospital 
Title:  Obesity: Treating the biggest preventable health threat of the 21st Century

Helen is a graduate of NUI Galway, and completed basic surgical training in Galway University Hospital. In 2012 she was awarded a PhD in the molecular expression of breast cancer and obesity from NUI Galway. She then completed the RCSI Higher Surgical Training scheme in General Surgery in 2016. During her training, she spent two years in the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute in Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. She then completed her training with a Bariatric Fellowship in the UK (Chester & Liverpool). She has co-authored >70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has written 5 book chapters on the topics of bariatric and endocrine surgery.

Dr Jakub Gajewski, Programme Director for Research Institute of Global Surgery, RCSI
Title:  Access to surgical care in Africa: a true crisis.

Dr Jakub Gajewski is a health sociologist with extensive research experience. Currently he is working as Programme Director for Research in the Institute of Global Surgery in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is the international coordinator and the lead researcher for the Horizon 2020 funded SURG-Africa project which builds sustainable surgical systems in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania. He has been involved in several population-based studies, including studies of young people’s well-being, diabetes and epilepsy. He was the lead researcher on the COST-Africa project 2011-2016, which implemented on the-job-training of non-physician clinicians in Malawi and tested the supervision model for this cadre in Zambia. 
Dr Virginie W. Gautier, UCD Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases
Title: Global HIV epidemic: Achievement and Current Challenges in Treatment, Prevention and Cure

Dr Virginie W. Gautier is a principal investigator in the UCD Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID). Her research programme, funded by the IRC, HRB and H2020, focuses on HIV-Host interface, HIV molecular pathogenesis and HIV Cure research. Dr Gautier´s research group has extensive expertise in molecular and cellular virology, epigenetics, patients cell-based assays, targeted drug screening and system wide OMICs.
Dr Gautier is the coordinator of the H2020-funded European EU4HIVCURE consortium, which aims to accelerate HIV cure research in Europe. With her partners based in Belgium, France, Italy and Canada, they have implemented a molecular pathway-driven translational research platform to develop innovative alternatives to HIV cure approaches using the host-virus interface to unveil the epigenetic, post-transcriptional and translational blocks, and identify new therapeutic targets for intervention.
Refreshments available in the lecture theatre following the session

Sponsors of the 2018 / 2019 Conway Lecture & Seminar Series

 2018/2019 CLASS sponsors