UCD Researchers at Crumlin and Temple Street Hospitals have developed three new genetic tests that will speed up the diagnosis of rare diseases in children, helping to avoid treatment delays and invasive tests on sick children. The molecular genetics tests were launched on European Rare Disease Day.
The School held a reception in the UCD Charles Institute on Wed 19th Feb 2014 to say ‘Slán Abhaile’ to friends and classmates who are returning to Malaysia to complete their clinical education at Penang Medical College. We sincerely hope that the returning students enjoyed their 2.5 years in UCD as much as we enjoyed hosting them. We wish them continued success in their studies and careers in medical practice.
Stage 4 UCD Medicine students, Kevin Keane and CJ McCarrick led a student side that took on a Dean’s selection in a highly competitive Student v Staff charity football match at UCD Belfield on Friday 21st February 2014. The match was organised as part of fundraising efforts for the 100 Minds campaign in aid of the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street. Although the match finished all square, the Dean's team took the honours in a penalty shoot-out. The students weren't too disappointed however as they raised almost €500 towards their charity fundraising goal. At the time of going to press, Kevin has raised €2,255 for the hospital, over twice his original target.
UCD MR invited updates to PI Profiles for inclusion in the UCD MR 2013 Annual Report which is now being compiled. If you wish to be considered for inclusion in this key document, please ensure that you return the necessary information by Wednesday 24th February 2014.
The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital announces the final relocation of clinical departments into a new €284 million state-of-the-art hospital development. This milestone in the hospital's development will see improved facilities as befits Ireland's leading acute teaching hospital. Transition arrangements during the two week relocation period have been announced.
Dr Chris Watson, Dr Mark Ledwidge and Professor Ken McDonald have been awarded FP7 funding as part of the European Commission approved FIBRO-TARGETS research project. This is the third FP7 project that this UCD group have secured attracting €1.8m in research funding to UCD.
Consistent with our strategic objective to establish high performing research centres, the Schoolis looking to facilitate applications to the 2014 HRB Clinical Trials Network funding call. To this end, we are seeking to identify post-doctoral research scientists to act as grant facilitators for our clinical investigators.
Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for obesity resulting in significant postoperative weight loss and improved glycaemic control. In most cases, it can also reduce end-organ damage. Despite these benefits, current clinical guidelines restrict the use of metabolic surgery to patients with severe obesity and with significant co-morbidity. In a major review of current literature published recently in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Prof Carel Le Roux, UCD Professor of Experimental Pathology examines the current evidence for the effect of bariatric surgery on stabilising or reversing end-organ damage.
A number of UCD students were among the prize winners at the Junior Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society of Ireland (JOGS) 25th Anniversary Meeting. Two MD students from the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction took first and second prize while a third UCD researcher from the National Maternity Hospital took the Clinch Medal. Our congratulations to all three winners who emerged from a strong competition of 120 research studies.
Our congratulations to Professor Mary Horgan (UCD Medicine, 1986) who was recently appointed as Dean of the School of Medicine, University College Cork. Her appointment means that Deans of Medicine/Professor of Medicine positions are held now held by UCD graduates in five of the six Irish Medical Schools.
Cancer survivors, patient advocacates, clinicians and scientists involved in cancer research gathered for the first UCD Ireland East Cancer Open House. This unique event provided a window to the myriad of stakeholders embroiled in the battle against cancer and the opportunity to personalise the contributions each are making. Connectivity and engagement among all players in the battle against cancer is essential to achieve improved outcomes for patients.
UCD Medicine was well represented at this year’s RAMI/St Luke’s Hospital scientific meeting which took place on Wednesday 29th January 2014 at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. Assoc. Prof. Malcolm Kell (consultant surgeon at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and UCD Associate Clinical Professor) delivered the 39th St Luke’s Lecture while Dr Maria Prencipe (Irish Cancer Society Research Fellow won the highly competitive young investigators award.
Paediatric Electives at Massachusetts General Hospital
Two UCD Medicine students, Gordon Haire and Dearbhla Doherty reflect on their paediatrics rotation at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dearbhla and Gordon got to experience life in the working with Dr Bernard Kinane (UCD Medicine 1983) in the paediatrics department of one of the world’s foremost teaching hospitals, with time spent in inpatient (“hospitalist”) service, ICU and specialist services.
The Irish Network of Medical Educators hold their 7th Annual Scientific Meeting at Queen's University Belfast from 19th - 21st February 2014. The group also invite contributions to their medical education newsletter and draw attention to their research and travel bursaries.