The Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland held its 7th Annual Conference and AGM on the 17th & 18th May 2019 at the Convention Centre, Dublin. This year, the theme for the conference was ‘Building Bonds: Bettering Practice – Patient advocacy and approaches to reduce obesity stigma’.
Managing the interpretation of genetic analysis which reveal variants of unknown significance creates particular challenges for clinicial geneticists. Researchers at OLCHC and CUH hospitals have undertaken a survey of their international clinical genetics colleagues with respect to managing uncertainty in inherited cardiac pathologies.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) will present its highest award to Professor Stephen O’Rahilly (UCD Medicine 1981), one of the world’s foremost experts on the genetics of obesity. The Finglas native will receive the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement in June. The award recognises significant, long-term contributions to the understanding, treatment or prevention of diabetes.
Prof Owen P Smith, CBE (UCD Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine) is also the Executive Director of the Genomics Directorate at the Ireland East Hospital Group. Here Prof Smith reflects on the emerging promise of genomic medicine and the importance of partnership and collaboration between government, academic research institutions, hospitals and private companies working towards the common objective of improving outcomes for patients.
The School of Medicine was delighted to welcome our alumni back to UCD for the 2019 Medical Graduates Association Reunion. This event is a key highlight of the School of Medicine calendar. The 2019 reunion took place on Friday 17th May 2019 and celebrated the Medicine Classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2009 and 2018.
Researchers at the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction and the School of Health and Human Performance in DCU have published a study tracking recent trends in maternal obesity in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital from 2010-2017. These findings will have implications in clinical practice and will affect public health policy and finance. Increased obesity rates will increase the need for services including antenatal testing, dietary advice and specialised clinics.