October 2015 | Deireadh Fómhair 2015

Journey of a Defibrillator

Thu, 22 October 15 18:21

The UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science recently donated one defibrillator and four training units to the Irish mission to Sierra Leone enabling over 130 emergency response personnel to be trained in Basic Life Support / Automated External Defibrillator (BLS/AED) over a period of two months.

Strong UCD Diagnostic Imaging Presence at EU Radiography Workshop

Thu, 22 October 15 17:17

There was a strong UCD Diagnostic Imaging presence at the recent PiDRL Workshop focussed upon European Diagnostic Reference Levels for Paediatric Imaging in Lisbon from the 15th to the 17th October 2015 with UCD DI academic staff attending and presenting at the EU Commission-funded meeting at the Lisbon School of Health Technology/Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Lisboa, Portugal.

UCD Staff Invited to Get in Gear

Tue, 20 October 15 17:31

UCD Sports have introduced a number of activities aimed at UCD Staff including their Better Bones and Better Hearts exercise programmes as part of UCD's contribution to Healthy Ireland. Given the fantastic sports facilities available on campus, these programmes are likely to be oversubscribed.  So our advice is get moving!    

Peter Dervan Medal for Excellence in Cancer Pathology

Tue, 20 October 15 15:22

The Peter Dervan Medal for Excellence in Cancer Pathology is awarded to a student who has demonstrated excellence in cancer pathology in relation to combined GPA score in core medicine modules with a significant cancer pathology content, followed by a competitive viva voce. Here, this year's winner, Maeve Jones-O'Connor, relays her experience of competing for the medal and offers some advice for those considering following suit this year.

Their Lives Matter – Update from Dr Patricia Scanlan, Tanzania

Tue, 20 October 15 15:03

Earlier this year, on World Cancer Day (4th February), we brought you an interview with Dr Patricia Scanlan in which she shared insights into life on the front line of combatting childhood cancer in Tanzania and what she hoped the future might hold for childhood cancer research in the region. Almost a year later, we caught up with Trish to hear about the positive developments which are contributing to the creation of a brighter future for the young cancer patients whom she and her colleagues encounter throughout the course of their work.

UCD MedDay - 16th October 2015

Thu, 15 October 15 16:31

On October 16th, 500 UCD medical students will hit the streets of Dublin bucket-shaking to raise much needed funds for six chosen charities. This year, UCD MedDay is supporting DEBRA Ireland, Helium Arts, Laura Lynn, St. Vincent's Foundation, the Mater Foundation and the Berkeley Fund - In Aid of Injured Victims, 100% of all the money raised will be going to the chosen beneficiaries.




An International Student's Perspective

Tue, 13 October 15 12:23

Canadian native and Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) student, Brandon Chaffey, tells us about his decision to study medicine in Ireland and how he settled on UCD School of Medicine as his school of choice.

Project Champion, Curriculum Review and Enhancement

Thu, 8 October 15 19:11

As part of the University's Curriculum Review and Enhancement cycle, Prof Jason Last (Director of Educational Development & Academic Affairs) invites expressions of interest from School staff for a Project Champion to lead a review of the programme outcomes, the mapping of these outcomes and any subsequent programme enhancements. Expressions of interest should be sent to Prof Last by 3.00pm on Wednesday 14th October 2015.  


Erythropoietin Not Quite a Boost for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

Wed, 7 October 15 18:00

A double-blind randomised controlled trial reported in the Lancet has called into question the routine use of erythropoietin (EPO) treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury.  The international research study carried out in more than 600 patients across seven countries was led by Professor Alistair Nichol, UCD Professor of Critical Care Medicine at St Vincent’s University Hospital and Co-chair of the Study Management Committee based in Melbourne Australia.  The group has concluded that erythropoietin does not improve functional outcome at six months as would be shown by a reduction in the number of patients with an Extended Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS-E) measure of 4 or lower.  While there are some indications that EPO treatment might reduce mortality in patients with traumatic brain injury, rigorous future investigations are required in this patient population before its routine use could be recommended. 

Student Summer Research 2015 Awards

Wed, 7 October 15 23:42

Congratulations to Mr Tiarnán Byrne who was awarded the SSRA 2015 Gold Medal for his research project which involved the development of a new airway simulation model for endotracheal intubation in emergency medicine training.  Over 90 undergraduate students undertook 8-week supervised laboratory, clinical or patient-centred research projects, working with research groups in UCD, at clinical sites or with one of our international affiliates.

Cycle for Berkeley - Student Fundraiser a Massive Success

Mon, 5 October 15 12:41

Cycle for Berkeley exceeded its fundraising target thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the public and sponsors. To date, the event has raised an incredible €80,281.65 for the injured victims of the Berkeley tragedy. The funds raised will be administered by an independent committee of experienced financial, legal and medical advisers.

The Peter Dervan Medal for Excellence in Cancer Pathology

Wed, 7 October 15 12:21

The Peter Dervan Medal has been established in recognition of the immense contribution of the late Professor Peter Dervan to the field of pathology. Professor Dervan,  an eminent pathologist and researcher as well as a renowned educator and mentor, was the former Professor of Pathology at UCD. It is thus fitting that this award be named in his honour. 

Honorary Degree Conferred on Distinguished Dermatologist

Fri, 2 October 15 15:00

The University conferred a degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa on distinguished dermatology specialist, Dr Sephen Ira Katz at a special conferring ceremony at O'Reilly Hall, Belfield on Friday 2nd October 2015.  The honorary degree was conferred on Dr Katz by UCD President Professor Andrew J Deeks on the occasion of the first major international dermatology conference hosted by UCD Charles Institute.

3D Printing Assisting Complex Heart Surgery

Tue, 6 October 15 21:00

A team of surgeons at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, in conjunction with colleagues at UCD Anatomy recently developed a 3D printed, colour-coded heart model to aid them in the preparation and performance of complex heart transplant surgery.

Therapeutic Targets for Heart Diseases Associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Thu, 1 October 15 12:24

UCD medical researcher Dr Silke Ryan has delivered the flagship Cournand lecture at European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) 2015 international congress in Amsterdam. During her lecture Dr Ryan outlined how her research findings may lead to the development of therapeutic targets for heart diseases associated with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). 

Launch of SPHERE; a New UCD-based Vascular Research Group

Thu, 1 October 15 11:39

A new UCD-based research group, SPHERE aims to harness unique haematological tools to diagnose and understand a host of inflammatory-based diseases. The officiall launch of SPHERE coincided with the recent VTE Dublin 2015 conference that took place at the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September 2015. 

TCD & UCD Make THE Top 100 Subject Rankings

Thu, 22 October 15 19:14

TCD and UCD have both been ranked in the Times Higher Education Top 100 subject rankings for Arts & Humanities and Preclinical, Clinical & Health Sciences respectively.