June 2018 | Meitheamh 2018

2018 UCD Medicine Conferring

Mon, 11 June 18 17:53

The 2018 UCD Medicine Conferring took place at UCD O’Reilly Hall, Belfield on Thursday 7th June 2018 with 229 graduands conferred with undergraduate entry or graduate entry Medicine (MB BCh BAO) degrees as well as 5 undergraduate Bachelor of Science and 70 graduate masters or doctoral degrees.

Prof Deeks + Prof Murray + Prof Kelleher

The proceedings were led by UCD President, Prof Andrew J Deeks and Prof Patrick Murray (Dean of Medicine and Head, UCD School of Medicine) supported by Prof Cecily Kelleher (College Principal, UCD College of Health & Agricultural Sciences).

The School was honoured to have in attendance the families of the late Dr Lorcán Miller and Dr Eimear Walsh, two students of the Class of 2018 who were among the six students killed in the 2015 Berkeley accident.  Both students were conferred with posthumous awards of Honours Degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Obstetrics (MB BCh BAO) by President Deeks. 

There was a large number of academic and clinical faculty present on the dais including several who witnessed their sons or daughters received their medicine degrees.  While it is not unusual for staff or alumni to have their children among the graduating class, some graduates are the first in their families to have completed third level education. Several staff members had a number of doctoral students conferred with Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees including Prof Sabine Koelle (with 4 PhD students) and Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe (with 2 PhD students).  

Prof Maria Fitzgibbon + Students

Prof Sabine Koelle's 4 PhD graduates (Dr Kate Dulohery, Dr Myles Leavy, Dr Itagar Eseoghene, Dr Barbara Hughes)

Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe + PhD Students

Catherine Godson + Maurice Tracey + Molly Godson Tracey

Dearbhla Burke + Parents

Dr Elaine Kennedy + Friends

Michelle Smith + PhD students

Philip Nolan + Rachel Nolan + Andrew Deeks

Eithne Nic An Riogh + Parents

Several sportspersons featured among the graduating class including soccer internationalist Dr Dora Gorman (Medicine), Dublin GAA stars Dr Jack McCaffrey (Medicine) and Dr Oisín Gough (PhD) and Kilkenny GAA wing-back Cillian Buckley (MSc by Research).  The group also included two UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholars in Dr Oisín Friel (Music) and Dr Eithne Nic An Ríogh (Music).  In addition to being conferred with her Medicine degree award, Dr Dora Gorman was conferred with a Master of Science award having completed an intercalated master’s programme.  Dora also claimed the 1941 Medal (for highest GPA in the final two years of the Medicine programme) and the Paediatrics Medal (highest score in the subject of paediatrics).  Eithne has also secured an Academic Internship (under the supervision of Prof Walter Cullen and Prof Jack Lambert) as have Dr Rory Plant (under the supervision of Associate Professor Suzanne Donnelly) and Dr Frank Fogarty (under the supervision of Prof Walter Cullen and Dr Geoff McCombe).

The graduates from our Medicine programmes now formally join the ranks of the medical profession whereupon they begin a year’s further supervised training as interns to complete their medical practitioner registration requirements.  Many of our graduates will undertake their internship within the UCD Intern Training Network.

Summary of Degrees Conferred

Graduates conferred during the 2018 UCD Medicine Conferring included:

2018 UCD Medicine Conferring Group Shot 1


DegreeNumber Awarded
Medicine (MB BCh BAO) 229
Bachelor of Science (BSc) 5
Master of Science (MSc) 29
Doctor of Medicine (MD) 11
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 30
Total Awarded 304

Postgraduate Theses Titles


Thesis Title


Kelly, Ciara

Factors Influencing Accrual to Cancer Clinical Trials in Ireland

Dr Catherine Kelly

Tuohy, Stephen

The Clinical and Molecular Investigation of Genetic Conditions Contributing to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome in an Irish Population

Dr Sean Ennis

Jordan, Emmet

Assessment of genomic alterations in urachal and primary bladder adenocarcinoma

Dr David Gallagher

Mc Mahon, Colin

Echocardiographic Assessment of Paediatric Cardiomyopathy

Prof Billy Bourke

Doyle, Fergus

Characterisation of Anti-C6orf129, a Novel Glaucoma-associated Antibody

Prof Colm O’Brien

Mavinkurve, Meenal

Natural Killer Cell Dysfunction in Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

Prof Donal O’Shea

Smith, Michelle

 The Application of Three-Dimensional Printing of Anatomy to Medical Education, Simulation Training and Clinical Practice 

Prof James Jones

Mc Donald, Ian

 Identification and Characterisation of Key Mediators and Receptors in Chronic Pruritus and to Compare these key Mediators in Different Pruritic Dermatoses 

Prof Martin Steinhoff

Farren, Maria

 A Study of the Effect of Inositol on Women at risk of Developing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Prof Michael Turner

Keaney, John

Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin in contrast - induced acute kidney injury - The role of novel biomarkers of renal injury in patients undergoing coronary angiography

Prof Patrick Murray

Hayden, Derek

Atrial Fibrillation Related Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack- Epidemiology, Secondary Prevention and Imaging Characteristics

Prof Peter Kelly

Doody, Alison

Plasma sTNFR1 and Markers of Adipose Stress and Systematic Inflammation in Patients with Diabetic Kidney Disease

Prof Carel Le Roux

Crowley, Claire

 3D printing technologies and augmented reality in novel endovascular training model 

Prof James Jones

Mc Evoy, Catriona

The Molecular Pathogenesis of Tubulointerstitial Fibrosis and Progressive Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr Denise Sadlier

Gough, Shane

The potential role of FRMD3 in Diabetic Kidney Disease

Prof Catherine Godson

Woods, Conor

 Tissue specific glucocorticoid metabolism in obesity and the effect of glucocorticoids on invariant natural killer T cells

Prof Donal O’Shea

Geraghty, Aisling

The ROLO Kids from Pregnancy to Five Years: Insights into Maternal Nutrition, Epigenetics and Lifestyle Factors

Prof Fionnuala Mc Auliffe

O'Brien, Eileen

The ROLO Mothers from Pregnancy to Five Years: A Exploration of Maternal Dietary, Socioeconomic and Environmental Factor s

Prof Fionnuala Mc Auliffe

Ortiz Meriona, Raul Antonio

Genomics of polyploid yeasts: evolutionary insights and biotech potential

Prof Kenneth Wolfe

Synott, Naoise

Mutant p53 as a Therapeutic Target for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Prof Michael Duffy

Daly, Niamh

A study of glucose stabilisation and the effect of an ante-natal exercise intervention on maternal glycaemia

Prof Michael Turner

Dulohery, Kate

How Excess Testosterone Impacts the Microarchitecture and Fu nction of the Oviduct - New Insights Using Cutting Edge Technologies in the Human and in a Bovine Model.

Prof Sabine Koelle

Leavy, Myles

Effects of Elevated B-estradiol Levels on the Male Reproductive Tract, Spermatoza and Sperm Oviduct Interactions in the Human and a Bovine Model

Prof Sabine Koelle

Eseoghene, Itagar (Loveth)

Inflammation of the Bovine Fallopian Tube: Effects on Tubal Functional Morphology and Gameto-Maternal Interaction

Prof Sabine Koelle

Hughes, Barbara

Mechanisms of Human Sperm Oviduct Interaction

Prof Sabine Koelle

Olszewska, Diana Angelika

Genetics and Biomarkers in Parkinson's Disease in Ireland

Prof Timothy Lynch

 Inaugural Medals

Dr Jennifer Bitton Received Lorcan Miller and Eimear Walsh Medals

The proceedings concluded with the awarding of the inaugural Lorcán Miller medal and Eimear Walsh medal to Dr Jennifer Britton by members of Lorcán and Eimear’s families.

Event Photographs

A selection of photographs from this event is available on the School's Flickr account for private, non-commercial use.