Congratulations to Prof Mary Horgan, President of the RCPI who has been honoured with the 2019 UCD Alumni Award in the category of Health & Agricultural Sciences. The 1986 alumna has been recognised by her peers for her leadership role in reversing the downward trend in HPV vaccine update and for her career in infectious disease medicine.
The Minister for Health has appointed Prof Niall O'Higgins, Emeritus UCD Professor of Surgery as Chair of the National Screening Advisory Committee. There were a number of UCD Medicine alumni included in the twenty person multi-disciplinary committee.
Researchers in the UCD Diabetes Complications Research Centre and their international collaborators have identified 16 regions of the human genome linked with diabetic kidney disease (DKD), the leading cause of kidney disease that can end in organ failure. This is the largest ever study carried out to look at the genetics of DKD and involved 19,406 individuals of European descent with type 1 diabetes, with and without kidney disease.
Our Student Summer Research Awards (SSRA 2020) is now open for project submission for Summer 2020. A highlight of our academic calendar, this undergraduate research initiative is designed to give our students an early exposure to research methods. We welcome research project proposals from academic staff.
A major milestone in the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis has been reported with the publication of two Phase III clinical trials evaluating a triple-drug combination therapy for the life-threatening condition which has particular relevance in Ireland.
The UCD Centre for Arthritis Research celebrated the culmination of a long period of molecular characterisation and inflammation research by naming a human gene linked to rheumatoid arthritis. Together with international colleagues, the UCD team investigating the previously unnamed mystery gene demonstrated that MACIR, the macrophage immunometabolism regulator gene was important in balancing inflammatory response and the resolution of inflammation.
Systems Biology Ireland are among the largest-ever Innovative Medicine Initiative 2 Immunology project which aims to improve disease management of non-responders to therapy across seven immune-mediated diseases. Prof Walter Kolch and Dr David Gomez led the UCD Systems Biology Ireland participation in the €80 million 4-year 3TR initiative which kicked off their activities with a first meeting in Granada, Spain from 30th – 31st October 2019.