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Men's health webinars

Page updated 16 November 2021

Healthy UCD and Culture & Engagement have teamed-up to organise 4 topical health webinars especially for men, following on our successful programme for women. The programme for UCD employees, held over Zoom, will be hosted by an expert in the subject area and followed by a Q&A session.

This initiative is part of our recognition of International Men's Day on 19 November 2021.

HPV and Cancer - the potential for Cancer Elimination

Professor Patricia Fitzpatrick will provide an update on the role of HPV in cancer development in women and men, the HPV vaccination programme for girls and boys and the potential for cancer elimination. Patricia is Subject Head for Public Health in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and a Consultant Epidemiologist with the National Screening Service. She has worked and conducted research in the area of cancer prevention for many years.

Health hacks for men – how to stack the odds in favour of avoiding cancer

Cancer affects everyone in our community and, indeed, one in two of us will be diagnosed with an invasive cancer in our lifetime.  We are all born with a risk of developing cancer but with 4/10 cases being associated with things we have control over, there is much we can do for ourselves and community to stack the odds better in our favour.

Dr Robert O’Connor is the Director of Research for the Irish Cancer Society and he will discuss some easy steps men can take to reduce the chances of developing a life-threatening cancer in our lifetime.

Robert is a scientist by background having graduated from the UCD Science faculty in 1991. His subsequent research and academic career focussed on developing cancer medicines work and teaching various healthcare professionals about health and the treatment of disease. He joined the Irish Cancer Society 6 years ago to help implement and drive the Society’s research strategy.  In his role he provides technical support to the wider activities of the charity and he oversees the various research grants that the Society awards to help drive improvements in care and outcome, with all of this work made possible by the generosity of public donations.

Launch of IMPROVER – A New National Survey for Prostate Cancer Patients and Healthcare Professionals

(opens in a new window)IMPROVER, (Involving Men with Prostate Cancer in Engaged Research), a new national survey led by Associate Professor Antoinette Perry and her research team at University College Dublin (UCD), in conjunction with the Irish Cancer Society and Breakthrough Cancer Research, was launched today.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men in Ireland. One in seven men in Ireland will be diagnosed with prostate cancer over the course of their lifetime. Early detection of the aggressive form of the disease is vital to save lives.

The aim of the (opens in a new window)IMPROVER survey is to collate the experiences of patients and healthcare professionals in the early detection, diagnosis, and management of prostate cancer to help Dr Perry and her research team identify the most pressing unmet needs for men, their families and healthcare professionals.

(opens in a new window)www.ucd.la/improver

Chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease and type 2 diabetes usually emerge in middle age after long exposure to an unhealthy lifestyle. The presentation will focus on the role of health related fitness in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. 

Niall profile

Niall Moyna is a professor of clinical exercise physiology at DCU. His research is focused on the exploring the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases and in improving our understanding of how gene polymorphisms help to explain interindividual variability in biological responses to exercise. Niall is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an Honorary Fellow of Faculty of Public Health Medicine Ireland.  He is a regular contributor to TV and radio on issues related to lifestyle and health.

Thursday, 25 November 11am - Eating for a Healthy Heart

Orna O’Brien will discuss evidence-based lifestyle strategies for protecting your heart health (diet, physical activity, getting blood pressure/cholesterol checked, alcohol/smoking) as well as how to get into the mindset for making lifestyles changes.

Orna is a senior cardiology dietitian and is the dietitian with the Irish Heart Foundation – Ireland’s national charity for fighting heart disease and stroke. Over the past 10 years, Orna has worked within a variety of clinical, research and NGO/charity settings. Her main interests and specialties lie in health behaviour change, intuitive eating, heart health, gut health, chronic disease prevention and sustainable (whole food plant based) diets.

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