Upcoming Events

Fourth Annual Conference: 

New Treatments for Rheumatic Diseases


Event Details 

  • The 2021 conference, themed "New Treatments for Rheumatic Diseases", will take place between 1000h and 1400h on Wed 17th Nov 2021 
  • This year's conference will be online - to avoid any infection risk to speakers and attendees 
  • Please register here HERE
  • UCDCAR Conference Programme 2021


Abstract call for the Clarity in Research Medal 

Accepted abstracts will be published online in News Rheum, our patient/researcher co-produced research newsletter.   

Organizing Committee 

D OLeary

Dr Daire O'Leary (chair) 

Daire is a Clinical Research Fellow in the UCD Centre for Arthritis Research and a Clinical Tutor in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She previously worked as a Clinical Registrar in Paediatric Rheumatology and is currently conducting a study on whole exome mapping of genetic variants linked with the development of chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO).  

Kevin Sheridan

Dr Kevin Sheridan

Kevin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UCD Centre for Arthritis Research. He is currently working on a laboratory-based research project funded by the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC).

J Sherwin

John Sherwin 

John is a Patient Insight Partner at the UCD Centre for Arthritis Research and the Patient Voice in Arthritis Research. 

Stacey Grealis  

Stacey is also a UCD CAR Patient Insight Partner and is a member of the Mayo branch of Arthritis Ireland.  She is active with several patient engagement groups and has taken part in IPPOSI Patient Education events.  

Karmen Kegl 

Karmen is an active participant in the UCD CAR Patient Partner pool.  Her background is in computer science, working as a computer engineer since 1994, which is ideal for this year's online-only conference. 


Past Conferences

The UCD CAR third Annual Conference: A Collaborative Approach to Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Research, themed ‘Self-Management for You & Your Family took place between 1000h and 1400h on Wednesday 18th November 2020. The online conference was kindly sponsored by Pfizer and Biogen.  The conference included an Abstract call for the Clarity in Research Medal. A patient-judged competition was held for clarity and use of plain English in research abstracts and posters. The Conference Programme and Abstracts are available to view here:

UCD CAR Annual Conference Programme 2020

UCD CAR Annual Conference 2020 Abstracts


Rheumatology Research Monthly Seminars

The UCD Centre for Arthritis Research holds monthly rheumatology research meetings at UCD's Conway Institute. The meetings typically take place on the third Friday of each month and cover the latest research, featuring guest speakers from universities and hospitals across Ireland and Europe.

To be added to the meeting mailing list, just email rheumatology@ucd.ie; for info on the next meeting, check our Twitter page.

The seminar is as follows:

  • 3.00 pm: Guest Speaker Research Presentation
  • 3.40 pm: Discussion/Q&A with the speaker

The 2021 seminar series takes place online via Zoom. If you have not used Zoom before, please click here, to download the app before the seminar.


Previous guest speakers include:

  • Professor Jose Scher, New York University, Deciphering Pharmacomicrobiomics in Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Dr Andreas Goebel, University of Liverpool, Autoantibody contribution to chronic primary pains - mystery unravelled?
  • Dr Máire-Bríd Casey, Senior Physiotherapist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Exercise combined with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ExACT) compared to a standalone supervised exercise programme for adults with chronic pain: a randomised controlled trial
  • Professor Christopher Buckley, University of Oxford & University of Birmingham, Targeting Fibroblast Subsets in Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Professor Christian Hedrich, University of Liverpool, Juvenile-onset SLE – Are Children Young Adults?
  • Professor Oliver Fitzgerald, Professor Steve Pennington, Dr Orla Coleman, Dr James Waddington, University College Dublin, Unmet clinical needs in diagnosis and management of Psoriatic Arthritis  
  • Professor Philip Conaghan, University of Leeds, OA: where are we now and where are we heading?
  • Dr Oran Kennedy, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Sub-Chondral Bone Damage, Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis... & Skele-Tim
  • Dr Helen French, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Exercise for Osteoarthritis: Moving Beyond Mobility & Strength Benefits
  • Dr Ricardo Segurado, University College Dublin, Should P-Values Be Retired?
  • Prof. Emma Teeling, University College Dublin, What Can Human Medicine & Genomics Learn from Bats? 
  • Prof. Stephen Pennington, University College Dublin, Protein Markers in Psoriatic Arthritis  
  • Dr Catherine Darker, Trinity College Dublin, Managing Chronic Disease 
  • Dr Keith Smart, St Vincent's University Hospital, Pain Sensitization in Osteoarthritis
  • Prof Frank Barry, NUI Galway, Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis: progress and obstacles 
  • Dr David Gibson, University of Ulster, Developing precision medicine approaches for the management of arthritis 
  • Dr Steve Eyre, University of Manchester, Determining the genes that are important in susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis post GWAS 
  • Dr Deborah Cluxton, Trinity College Dublin, The role of metabolism in regulating human T cell subsets in RA 
  • Patricia Minnock, Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services,Steps towards defining a core set of nurse sensitive outcomes in RA 
  • Prof Cormac Taylor, University College Dublin, Into thin air: regulation of inflammatory gene expression by hypoxia 
  • Dr Conor McCarthy, The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Sport and exercise: translation into rheumatology 
  • Prof Dirk Elewaut, University of Ghent, Spondyloarthritis from early disease recognition to extent of disease 
  • Prof Anne Barton, University of Manchester, Thoughts on predicting treatment response in rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Dr Emma Dorris, University College Dublin, Embedding Patient & Public Involvement in RMD Research