With nearly 30% of Irish people who live with the condition unaware of their HIV status, a rapid HIV-screening programme is changing awareness among Dubliners. Based at the Mater Hospital's emergency department, this international initiative has already seen 4,900 patients - out of 6000 participants - volunteer to check their HIV status. The project aims to reach patients who might not otherwise take a HIV test and provide early treatment access to those who test positive. The research team led by Dr Paddy Mallon and Dr Ger O'Connor have revealed a high rate of undiagnosed HIV infection with nearly three in every 1,000 people who took part in the programme testing positive for HIV - a rate which is considered high by international standards.
Researchers in UCD Conway Institute and Systems Biology Ireland have identified a way that a new class of anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The team have previously shown that a class of drugs called hydroxylase inhibitors may provide a new approach to the treatment of IBD. This study now outlines how this occurs at the molecular level. This new study, led by Prof Cormac Taylor, Dr Eoin Cummins and Dr Carsten Scholz and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that hydroxylase inhibitors work by blocking a key pro-inflammatory pathway termed the IL-1 pathway; a key driver of inflammation. These results give significant new information as to a new level of crosstalk between hypoxia and inflammation and provide a mechanism to explain how this new approach to the control of inflammation may work.
The School invites proposals from researchers for the 2014 Student Summer Research programme. Proposals are sought for eight-week laboratory, clinical, patient-centred or education research projects, to be undertaken by our undergraduate students within our research laboratories, at UCD-affiliated clinical sites and within patient advocate groups. To be considered, project must be submitted using the online application process as soon as possible. Projects will take place during Summer 2014.
The 'Education of Genetic Disorders through Multimedia Sources: Knowledge, Education and Dissemination (KEDs)' project team in the National Centre for Medical Genetics outlines the initiative that counters a manpower crisis in clinical genetic services.
Professor Bill Watson invites proposals from investigators for 12 week research projects for undergraduate students in Stage 4 of our Biomedical Health and Life Science BSc degree programme. The projects are to be undertaken in the first Semester (Sept - Dec) of the next academic year (2014/2015).
Professor Ronan O’Connell (UCD Professor of Surgery at St Vincent’s University Hospital) has been elected as President of the European Society of Coloproctology (ESP). ESCP is 900-member international surgical society dedicated to promoting and advancing the science, knowledge and practice of coloproctology in Europe through continuing professional education and collaborative research.