The School was delighted to host the first joint annual scientific meeting of AUDGPI and ICGP which took pace at the UCD Student Centre on the 10th and 11th March 2016. Based around the overarching theme of 'Enhancing General Practice to Enhance Patient Care', the meeting featured sessions on prescribing and management, chronic disease, opioids, prevention, innovation, and education and training. It attracted delegates from all university departments of general practice across the island of Ireland as well as a broad representation of practicing GP’s from Ireland and abroad.
UCD researchers and their UK collaborators have identified a new disease gene causing a lethal disorder where babies die antenatally or shortly after birth. Using single nucleotide polymorphism homozygosity mapping and whole exome sequencing, the research team identified a novel homozygous mutation in NEK9 as the cause of the disorder. Analysis of the NEK9 protein expression and localisation in patient fibroblasts showed complete loss of the full-length 107 kDa protein. Functional characterisation of the fibroblasts showed a significant reduction in cell proliferation and a delay in cell cycle progression. The team also provided evidence to support possible novel ciliopathy.
Applications are now invited for the James B. Coakley Medal for Dissection 2016.
The School invites applications for our Professional Certificate in Medico-Legal Aspects of Healthcare. This course provides training for healthcare providers, hospital managers, clinical risk advisors/managers, hospital managers/directors, administrators and other professionals working directly or indirectly in the fields of patient quality, safety and clinical risk management, and will also be direct professional interest to healthcare lawyers and those involved in claims management. The course offers participants an option to continue to graduate diploma or masters degree level.
UCD Researchers have demonstrated the impact of strict pre-analytical sample handling procedures on the diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in pregnant women. The prospective observational study found that the prevalence of GDM was 2.7 times higher if standards for pre-analytic prevention of glycolysis in the maternal samples were strictly implemented compared with the customary hospital conditions. These findings raise the possibility that suboptimal implementation of measures to prevent glycolysis is causing GDM to be under-diagnosed across the country, with potentially serious clinical consequences.
There was a very strong Irish representation at the 2016 European Congress of Radiology which took place from the 2 – 6 March 2016 in Vienna, Austria. The UCD Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging featured strongly at Europe's largest medical conference with staff, students and alumni giving numerous oral and poster presentations as well as co-chairing sessions.