November 2015 | Samhain 2015

Innovative HIV Testing Awareness Campaign Hits Coffee Shops throughout Dublin City

Mon, 23 November 15 17:06

As part of the European HIV and Hepatitis Testing week (20-27 November), the UCD HIV Molecular Research Group (HMRG) and HIV Ireland have designed coffee cup ‘sleeves’ to highlight this important health information week and to encourage people in Dublin to get a HIV test.

Highly Successful Ultrasound Meeting

Sat, 14 November 15 09:00

UCD Diagnostic Imaging hosted a very successful Ultrasound study day on Sat 14th Nov 15 in association with the British Medical Ultrasound Society.  The masterclass programme was very well received and attracted over 200 delegates from all over Ireland and the United Kingdom.  Due to technological advancements and ever evolving clinical applications, ultrasound is playing an increasingly central role in the diagnosis and management of many gynaecological conditions. 

2015 UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards

Sun, 15 November 15 01:12

Two UCD Medicine alumni were among those honoured at the 2015 UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards ceremony at UCD O'Reilly Hall. Professor Patrick Bradley (UCD Medicine 1973) and Dr Tony Holohan (UCD Medicine 1991) were nominated by graduates of medicine and public health degree programmes respectively.

Mr Justice Quirke on the Role of Medical Experts

Sat, 14 November 15 20:28

The school was privileged to welcome the Hon. Mr. Justice John Quirke to discuss at length the topic of: “The Role of Medical Experts, reforms in medical negligence, the law and the Courts.” This was a timely discussion in light of the announcement by the Department of Health of a suite of reforms to deal with issues of patient safety and reforms to clinical negligence.

gHealth Research Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

Thu, 12 November 15 18:30

gHealth Research announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Drs. Joe Gallagher, Chris Watson and Richard Drew will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “BIOTOPE” - BIOmarkers TO diagnose PnEumonia. The announcement was made to coincide with World Pneumonia Day, 12th November.

Disparity in Clinical Genetics Services & Rare Disease Research Funding Across Europe

Tue, 10 November 15 18:49

Dr Sally Ann Lynch has published a review of clinical genetics services and rare disease research funding which reveals wide disparity across Europe.  The report, published in the Journal of Community Genetics, highlights Republic of Ireland as being particularly poorly resourced in these two areas of clinical service and genetics research.

UCD Start-Up Secures Horizon 2020 SME Business Feasibility Funding

Tue, 10 November 15 23:14

Atturos, a UCD spin-out company has secured €50,000 in funding in the latest round of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument in Phase 1.  Atturos seeks to develop an innovative blood test (OCProDx) to detect if cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland using a signature of several protein biomarkers.  OCProDx builds on UCD Medicine research in prostate cancer and seeks to address a major men’s health issue.

UCD Students Win 2015 Jack Flanagan Medal

Tue, 10 November 15 11:09

Congratulations to the UCD Student Team who won the 2015 Jack Flanagan Medal in Gerontology.  The winning UCD Team included Sean Kelleher, Cathal O'Leary, Meabh Peacock and Nathaniel McHugh, supported by UCD Clinical Tutors Dr Aoife Leahy and Dr Brian Drumm. The Jack Flanagan Medal in Gerontology competition pays tribute to Ireland's eminent geriatrician, Dr. Jack Flanagan (UCD 1943), who was one of the first doctors in Ireland to specialise in contemporary geriatric medicine. We look forward to hosting the 2016 competition and welcoming members of Dr Flanagan's family to the event.

Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death Identified

Fri, 6 November 15 09:00

UCD researchers have identified a new intellectual disability syndrome arising from a single gene alteration which not only expands the clinical spectrum of that mutation but also reveals a complex correlation between the mutant enzyme and phenotype severity.  The X-linked inherited condition results in varying degrees of intellectual disability with facial dysmorphism, hypotonia, scoliosis and long QT which is associated with increased risk of sudden adult death. 

UCD MedDay15 A Huge Success

Thu, 5 November 15 10:57

The UCD Medical society is proud to reveal the grand total amount raised on Med Day this year (16th October) was €27,396.60. The funds will be distributed between the six chosen charities: Helium Arts, Debra Ireland, Laura Lynn Children's Hospice, The Mater Foundation, St. Vincent's Foundation and the Berkeley Fund in Aid of Injured Victims.

UCD Alumnus Appointed to Cleveland Clinical Leadership Role

Sat, 31 October 15 17:09

UCD Alumnus Dr Conor Delaney (UCD Medicine 1989) has been appointed Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute.  A colorectal surgeon and professor of surgery with more than 25 years of experience, Dr Delaney first joined Cleveland Clinic in 1999 as a fellow. He was serving as interim chair of the Department of Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and interim surgeon-in-chief of the University Hospitals Health System.