November 2014

Dr Patricia Scanlan Receives UCD Alumni Award

Thu, 27 November 14 11:31

Caption: Professor Paul McLoughlin, Dr Patricia Scanlon (awardee) and Professor Andrew Deeks, President UCD are pictured at the recent inaugural UCD Alumni Awards Ceremony.

Dr Scanlan graduated from UCD Medicine in 1997 and went on to practice at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. In 2008 she relocated to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania as the INCTR East Africa Programme Coordinator and to run the National Children’s Oncology Centre in the Ocean Road Cancer Institute. Dr Scanlan found herself coming from a situation where a 90% childhood cancer survival rate for some of the more common cancers was the norm to one where 9 out of 10 children attending the hospital died.

Unperturbed by the apparent difficulties of working in such an environment, Dr Scanlan helped to establish the National Paediatric Oncology Centre at the Muhimbili National Hospital.  In the space of 18 months, she revolutionised survival rates for paediatric cancers from 12% to over 60%.  She has maintained these rates as the number of patients increased from 300 to 500 children per annum.  Dr Scanlan has produced educational resources for child cancer patients and has helped to establish Tanzania's first association for parents of children with cancer to support fund-raising, early detection and advocacy. 

Furthermore, Dr Scanlan has helped to create a training programme in paediatric haematology and oncology from which local experts are now emerging.  This Masters programme connects Tanzania to an international network for cancer treatment and research that includes her former colleagues at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.

Dr Scanlan continues to work tirelessly to help to address the stark levels of health inequality which still affect the most vulnerable people, both those in her care and those further afield. We at UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science are inordinately proud of everything Dr Scanlon has accomplished thus far in her career and undoubtedly look forward to congratulating her on future achievements and successes.


UCD Alumni Office produced a short video about Dr Scanlan which can be viewed here

UCD Alumni Awards

The UCD Alumni Awards represents a new tradition marking the University’s foundation by celebrating the success and contribution of our most distinguished alumni worldwide.  Award recipients were nominated by our alumni in recognition of their drive, leadership, commitment and desire to make a difference on society at home and abroad.

Recipients of the 2014 UCD Alumni Awards (listed alphabetically by programme):

  • Agricultural Science - Mairead McGuinness: In recognition of her dedication and commitment to European Agriculture development
  • Architecture - David McNulty: In recognition of his outstanding creative contribution within the architectural design industry
  • Arts - Rosaleen Linehan: In recognition of her outstanding success acting on stage and screen for over 50 years
  • Business - Gary McGann: In recognition of his great leadership and success in the business world
  • Engineering - Donal O'Riain: In recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurial achievements in carbon-neutral construction
  • Human Science - Sr Stanislaus Kennedy: In recognition of her longstanding commitment and dedication to improving the lives and living conditions for the under privileged in Irish society 
  • Law - Maeve O'Rourke: In recognition of her outstanding humanitarian work securing justice for the victims of the Magdalene Laundries  
  • Medicine - Dr Patricia Scanlan: In recognition of her work within the paediatric cancer treatment revolution Tanzania
  • Midwifery & Nursing - Siobhan O'Halloran: In recognition of her longstanding commitment to nursing and the Health Service in Ireland
  • Physiotherapy - Clodagh Barry: In recognition of her continuous dedication to working with paediatric Spina Bifida in Ireland, the Lebanon and Pakistan  
  • Science - Evelyn Cusack: In recognition of her leadership in Meteorology in Ireland 
  • Veterinary Medicine - Noel Fitzpatrick: In recognition of his revolutionary work in the treatment of small animals including his cutting edge surgery techniques

UCD Foundation Day Medal

The UCD Foundation Day Medal was awarded to UCD graduate and international rugby player, Jonathan Sexton for his leadership and success in sport [more].  Jonathan Sexton is the youngest winner of the Foundation Day Medal to date. Previous recipients include: Peter Sutherland, Maeve Binchy, Brian O’Driscoll and Bill Whelan. It was inaugurated in 2004 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the opening of UCD’s antecedent institution, the Catholic University of Ireland.