01-02 October 2020 - UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation 

Virtual event via Zoom

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Programme: Thursday, 01 October

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Welcome & Plenary 1: ‘The trouble with medical research'

Chair: Professor Brendan Loftus

Professor Seamus O’Mahony
Visiting Professor, Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London. 
Author: Can Medicine Be Cured?: The Corruption of a Profession 
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General research review:

Parallel sessions with early career researchers presenting ongoing work.



Gold Medal moderated sessions:

Parallel thematic sessions with authors shortlisted in this competition.



‘COVID-19 Epidemic in Ireland; Scientific Response & Lessons Learned’

Panel discussion chaired by Professor William Gallagher

Professor Patrick Mallon, UCD Full Professor of Microbial Diseases and Consultant in Infectious Diseases at St Vincent’s University Hospital.

Philip Boucher-Hayes, RTE

Dr Virginie Gautier, Clinical Scientist, UCD Centre for Experimental Pathogen Host Research (CEPHR)

Dr Ricardo Segurado, Associate Professor, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

Dr Nicola Fletcher, Assistant Professor, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

Programme: Friday, 02 October 

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Plenary 2: ‘Ultra-high sensitivity proteomics for digital cancer pathology’

Chair: Professor Walter Kolch

Professor Matthias Mann
Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry; 
Director, Clinical Proteomics, Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Protein Research
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UCD Allergan Innovation Award

Judging Panel
Professor William Gallagher, UCD & Executive Director, Oncomark (Chair)
Professor Therese Kinsella, UCD & Founder, CEO, ATXA Therapeutics
Jennifer Melia, Enterprise Ireland
Ena Walsh, NovaUCD



Festival Gold Medal Award 

Sponsored by Cruinn Diagnostics



Plenary 3: Title TBC

Chair: Assoc Professor Siobhán McClean

Professor Deborah A. Hogan
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine  
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UCD Conway Festival Gold Medal Competition - Call closed

Shortlisted authors will give an outline of research work in an elevator pitch format (3 slides, 5 minute) to a judging panel on 01 October. Winners in each category will compete for the Gold medal in a dedicated Festival showcase session on 02 October. All other authors will give an outline of research work in an elevator pitch format (3 slides, 5 minute) to a 2-person panel composed of senior postdoctoral researchers and/or Conway Fellows.

UCD Allergan Innovation Award Call closed

The UCD Allergan Innovation Award will again feature as part of the 2020 UCD Conway Festival with a bursary of up to €8,000 available to the early career researcher(s) whose research shows greatest innovative potential. 

The award will be made following a competitive process of abstract submission open to UCD early career researchers in the life sciences with research interests in areas aligned to those specified by Allergan namely; dermatology & aesthetics, central nervous system, eye care, women’s health & urology, gastroenterology, cardiovascular disease and infectious disease.

Criteria for shortlisting abstracts will place emphasis on excellent research with innovative potential. Shortlisted authors will give an outline of research work in an elevator pitch format (3 slides, 5 minute) to an innovation judging panel on 02 October.