Congratulations to two UCD investigators who have won the inaugural University College Dublin (UCD) Allergan Innovation Awards in recognition of their innovative research potential.
Congratulations to Dr Eavan McGovern (UCD Medicine 2007) who was recently awarded a Dr. Richard Steevens' Scholarship. This prestigious award is given annually to Specialist or Senior Registrars with strong track records in achievement. Dr McGovern has commenced a one year Clinical Fellowship in Transitional Care Neurology in the Brain and Spine Institute, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France.
The 2017 Student Summer Research Awards took place on the 4th Oct 17 at the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science. There was a high standard of oral presentations by the eight student finalists who conducted 8-week research projects at UCD and at our clinical and international affiliates.
The TRANSFUSE clinical trial study shows that the age of transfused blood cells does not impact patient survival rates among critically ill adults and will help end speculation that fresher blood may be superior for critically ill patients.
Congratulations to the Dublin Men's and Ladies teams who tasted victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland Senior Football Finals. There were UCD Medicine connections to both teams and to the Kerry team which claimed the Men's Minor Football Final.
UCD Forensic & Legal Medicine celebrated 22 years of their Graduate Diploma in Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality) with the conferring of diplomas on 16 graduands at the UCD Charles Institute on the 5th September 2017. The School welcomed former Attorney General, Senator Michael McDowell SC who gave the keynote address at the conferring ceremony. A total of 407 participants from across the Irish healthcare system have completed the programme since its inception in 1995. The School also offers both a Professional Certificate in Medico-legal aspects of Healthcare and a Masters in Healthcare (Risk Management and Quality).
Irish life sciences company, Genomics Medicine Ireland has partnered with the UCD Institute for Sport and Health to launch Ireland's first large-scale research study into the role of genetics on fitness and health.
The MILESTONE Study is a longitudinal project which examines the organisation, policy and practice of care pathways for young people as they transition from Child to Adult Mental Health services. Running in eight European countries and funded by the European Commission, it is a partnership of academics and clinicians, over one thousand young patients and their carers.
The Wellcome HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training PhD Fellowship invites applications from eligible medicine graduates for the second Fellowship programme. Closing Date: 31st October 2017.
Applications are invited for a full-time Medical Traineeship in Neuroanatomy. The research project will focus on neuroimmunological and regenerative repair strategies after spinal cord injury, with an emphasis on anti-inflammatory mediators to enhance functional recovery. Successful candidates will undertake a graduate research degree while gaining skills and experience teaching functional and clinical anatomy to medical and allied health students.
UCD Forensic & Legal Medicine were delighted to welcome His Excellency, Kevin F. O'Malley, the US Ambassador to Ireland and Attorney who presented on the topic "Medical Litigation in the US and Ireland" at the UCD School of Medicine on 3rd November 2016 as part of our highly successful Graduate Diploma in Healthcare (Risk Management & Quality).
Unique needs of adolescents and young adults (AYA) are to be addressed in new National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 launched recently by the Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD. Prof Owen Smith welcomes the focus on previously unmet needs of AYA's and notes that the new children's hospital will play a central role in the implementation of the strategy.
Our researchers have recently published the genetic basis of a family’s presentation with ataxia. They have found a missense mutation in a gene known as ITPR1 which causes spinocerebellar ataxia type 29 (SCA29). The pathogenic gain of-function missense mutation was located within the suppressor region of ITPR1. This is the ﬁrst report of a gain-of-function disease mutation and contributes to our understanding of how variation in this gene can lead to neurological dysfunction.
The UCD Centre for Human Reproduction has reported that the number of caesarean sections have soared in Ireland's two biggest maternity hospitals by 154% over the last 25 years.
Winner of the 2016 Dr Nicholas and Mrs Maura Martin Scholarship, Ms Laura Dugan undertook a four-week clinical elecive at the Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia.
The 2017 UCD Radiography Conferring took place at the UCD O’Reilly Hall, Belfield with undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded by UCD President, Prof Andrew Deeks. In total 80 graduands were conferred with degrees of Bachelor of Science in Radiography (36), Master of Science in Computed Tomography (8), in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (14) and in Ultrasound (22). Several student prizes were announced at the reception which followed the Conferring ceremony.
The 2017 UCD Medicine Conferring took place recently at O'Reilly Hall, Belfield with 233 graduands conferred with Medicine degree awards as well as 37 doctoral and masters graduate degree awards. Distinguished UCD Medicine alumnus Dr Francis Bonner (UCD Medicine Class of 1970) was conferred with a degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa in recognition of his outstanding contribution to medicine, public life and to UCD.
Several student medals and staff awards were presented at the 2017 UCD Medicine Conferring Dinner which took place on Thursday 8th June 2017 at UCD O’Reilly Hall.
Dr Francis J. Bonner (UCD Medicine 1970) was conferred with a degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa at the 2017 UCD Medicine Conferring Ceremony at UCD O’Reilly Hall. The distinguished UCD Medicine alumnus was conferred with the degree in recognition of his outstanding contribution to medicine, public life and to UCD.
We are saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely death of our alumnus, Prof Paddy Johnston, Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast and leading Irish cancer researcher. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.