The American Diabetes Association (ADA) will present its highest award to Professor Stephen O’Rahilly (UCD Medicine 1981), one of the world’s foremost experts on the genetics of obesity. The Finglas native will receive the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement in June. The award recognises significant, long-term contributions to the understanding, treatment or prevention of diabetes.
Managing the interpretation of genetic analysis which reveal variants of unknown significance creates particular challenges for clinicial geneticists. Researchers at OLCHC and CUH hospitals have undertaken a survey of their international clinical genetics colleagues with respect to managing uncertainty in inherited cardiac pathologies.
Prof Owen P Smith, CBE (UCD Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine) is also the Executive Director of the Genomics Directorate at the Ireland East Hospital Group. Here Prof Smith reflects on the emerging promise of genomic medicine and the importance of partnership and collaboration between government, academic research institutions, hospitals and private companies working towards the common objective of improving outcomes for patients.
A Computed Tomography scan parameter simulator developed over the last number of years by UCD Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging won one of three prestigious 'Best Radiography Paper Abstract' at the ECR2019. This award highlights the impact of collaborative UCD research which has seen an undergraduate student research project develop into an international research collaboration with a global impact.
We are delighted to congratulate Prof Denis Cusack (Emeritus UCD Professor of Forensic & Legal Medicine) on his election as President of the European Council of Legal Medicine for 2019-2020. Prof Cusack also currently serves as Vice-President of the International Academy of Legal Medicine 2019-2021. He continues to lead the Medical Bureau of Road Safety and in professional forensic practice as Coroner for County Kildare. He continues to distinguish the School and the University with his ongoing participation in practice, research and education in the field.
The School invites applications for full-time Medical Traineeships in Physiology and offers a number of scholarships which cover research programme fees and provide an €18,000 tax-free stipend for those wishing to purse MD, MSc or PhD. Closing date for applications Wed 10 April 19 for commencement September 2019.
Research opportunity as part of the CareHD research project which is investigating how the use of Connected Health technologies may support and improve the care of people living with Huntington’s Disease (HD).
Final Reminder that the deadline for project submission for the Summer Student Research Awards (SSRA) Programme 2019 is Friday, March 29th 2019. Details of how to submit project proposals and the key dates for the SSRA19 scheme are attached.
As part of a HRB-funded initiative, the College is seeking to capture details of Public and Patient Involvement in teaching across our programmes through a comprehensive audit. The audit will remain open until 19th April 2019 and shortly thereafter, the UCD PPI team will announce details of a seed funding scheme.
Applications are now invited for the James B. Coakley Medal for Dissection 2019. Closing date for entries to the competition is Tues 23rd April 19.
Researchers at the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction at the Coombe Womens and Infants University Hospital propose a novel four parameter bedside index for the early identification of maternal sepsis. Their retrospective audit of 73 cases where women in a single maternity hospital were admitted with suspected severe maternal infection suggests that the assessment tool has the potential to help identify a presepsis stage before signficant organ damage occurs.
The 2019 UCD Medicine Clinical Commencement ‘White Coat’ Ceremony took place in UCD O’Reilly Hall on Wednesday 13th February 2019. A key milestone for our medical students, the ceremony marks the formal transition from a predominantly class room-based education to full immersion into clinical training at our affiliated teaching hospitals and with general practices in the community. UCD Medicine alumna and President of Medical Council, Dr Rita Doyle gave an inspiring keynote address drawing on her career as a GP, an educator and the head of the statutory medicine regulatory authority.
To mark World Cancer Day, five school and community choirs combined for a concert highlighting cancer awareness featuring Irish singer/songwriter Don Mescall. This lunchtime concert followed an educational session earlier in the morning at the Conway Institute involving personal stories of those whose lives have been affected by cancer, as well as talks from researchers focusing on new ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new graduate entry BSc (Hons) in Radiography programme with enrolment commencing September 2019. This accelerated learning programme by Ireland’s national training centre for diagnostic imaging has been introduced to address the anticipated workforce needs of the Irish health system. Closing date for receipt of applications is 1st May 2019.
Always an important event for UCD Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging, this year’s European Congress of Radiology (ECR 2019) will see a record attendance by the UCD group at Europe's largest radiology and radiography meeting in Vienna from the 27th February to the 3rd March 2019.
The UCD Centre for Arthritis Research have secured a rare chance to name an important gene which is associated with the development of several important autoimmune conditions. This opportunity has arisen in recognition of their research in the functional significance of the gene, C5orf30 and its linkage to tissue damage.
An Irish-led study into clinical genetics services highlights the challenges in achieving consistency in clinical genetics triage in a tertiary referral service. The study highlights the particular challenges in the Irish context given our larger average family size compared with UK centres.
There is a strong representation by UCD Researchers at the HepHIV2019 conference which takes place in Bucharest from 28th-30th January 2019. The HepCare Europe team led by Prof Jack Lambert are describing their work which focuses on providing an integrated care model for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) treatment by bringing primary HCV care into the community.
A new genetic study of over 6,000 Latin Americans, who have a mix of Native American, European and African ancestry reveals novel insights into the evolution of skin colour. The study published in Nature Communications identifies new genetic regions involving skin, eye and hair colour and show an important variation in one gene that is seen uniquely in East Asians and Native Americans.
A group of our students, supported by UCD Medicine and Mater Hospital staff recently completed a SPARC project entitled 'The Brush and the Scalpel' which used historical anatomy watercolours created by their predecessors in 1850.