20 DECEMBER 2018

Research and Postgraduate News

Conor Rowan is currently a Clinical Fellow in the Diagnostic Imaging Department of the Veterinary Hospital.  He successfully defended his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Specialisation (DVMS) thesis entitled “Radiography of the Equine Foot: Reevaluating Accepted Concepts”. The thesis evaluated whether or not radiological aids such as packing and metallic markers that were used in film radiography were of practical benefit or were a remnant of a bygone era. The thesis also evaluated the quality of the evidence behind the many reported radiological features of laminitis. Conor completed his DVMS concurrent with his residency in the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Conor is sitting the final part of his board certifying exam this January.

Conor Rowan examining tiger

UCD Fellowship in Teaching and Academic development award

Congratulations to Emma O'Neill and Annetta Zintl on receiving an UCD Fellowship in Teaching and Academic development award.

UCD Wellcome Trust ISSF - Clinical Primer Scheme

Congratulations to successful applicants Pamela Kelly, Nikki Walsh and Danny Crean.

Pamela Kelly: Canine demodicosis and rosacea a ‘One Health’ approach.
Demodex mites are recognised as commensal organisms found in the skin of animals and humans. They are of interest in both veterinary and human medicine because of possibly related serious cutaneous disorders (rosacea and demodicosis). This collaborative research project will provide new understanding of the pathogenesis behind these two diseases.

Nikki Walsh
We have observed dysbosis in the equine faecal microbiota following disturbance of a resident worm population, accompanied by inflammation. We hypothesise that similar changes will also be observed in horses with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), and will parallel changes seen in humans with metabolic syndrome. We aim to build up a database of signature changes associated with EMS, insulin sensitivity and laminitis, and increase understanding of the role of the gut microbiome in these conditions.

Research grants and awards

Dr Conor Mc Aloon: €200,000 from Dairy Research Trust for a project titled: ‘UCD on Calf Health and Pneumonia.’

Research Calls Open Now


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For School staff, there are two opportunities each year for internal funding to support research, including the UCD-wide Seed Funding Scheme and the School-level OIP research funding. Here, we provide details of the OIP Research Proposal call.
The OIP Research funding is focused on helping staff to develop research programmes and establish or strengthen collaborations within and beyond the school. The attached Research Funding Policy provides information on procedures for applying for research funding.
Please submit the application form (OIP Research Call Application Form 18_19) to assocdeanrii.vetmedicine@ucd.ie 

Closing date: 11th January 2019, 5pm



UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences Inaugural Graduate Research Student Symposium is on 14th March 2019.
Abstracts must be submitted on the abstract submission form and sent via email attachment to crc@ucd.ie entitled ‘Abstract (Author Name).docx’
Closing date: 16th January 2019, 5pm
Abstract Submission instructions can be found in the pdf document available at ucd-chas-research-student-symposium-19.


The UCD EQUIP call for funding programme is a now open. This new internal scheme provides funding for core research equipment that will support excellent research and innovation by a broad base of UCD researchers. There is a fund of €2M for the EQUIP programme in 2018/19.
Applications must be sent to equipapplication@ucd.ie  
Closing date: 8th February 2019, 5pm

For more information visit the UCD EQUIP call Intranet page https://intranet.ucd.ie/research/ucdequip/index.html  


 Morris Animal Foundation is accepting proposals for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Study grants on topics relevant to feline or canine health. This cycle, additional funding is also available for proposals pertaining to:
• All aspects of heart disease in Doberman pinschers.
• Appropriate dosing of CBD-rich hemp oil used for pain management in dogs.
• Prevention, treatment and diagnosis of heartworm disease in cats and/or dogs.
To apply for a grant visit https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/ grants
Closing date: 13th March 2019, 11:59pm

Postgraduate Education Committee Alerts


The University is committed to implementing an electronic submission platform for Research thesis from September 2019. The aim is to avoid backlogs and speed up the examination process. It is also anticipated that e-theses will eventually be made available via UCD library. A consultation process will be held next year. Staff who wish to participate in the E-thesis pilot please contact assessment@ucd.ie, Dr Mary Bushe (x1434) or Mr Ciaran O’hUiltachain (x1652).

Research Toolbox

Research Integrity Online Training 
A number of Irish research funders have now indicated that they will shortly introduce mandatory research integrity training as part of their terms and conditions for recent and future grants.
UCD is participating in a national pilot scheme to provide access to research integrity training through the National Forum on Research Integrity. For the next three years (2018-2020) UCD will have access to a limited number of licences for the online training. This pilot has been paid for by the IUA, THEA and the funders who are part of the National Forum (HRB, IRC, SFI, EI, DAFM and EPA).
To access this training module, please send an email to ritraining@ucd.ie and we will send you the log-in details.

Research Portal
New online portal for all research-related services is live at http://www.ucd.ie/research/portal/ and through the Research and Innovation tab on UCD Connect. The portal is a single secure online destination for information and resources on the range of services provided to researchers throughout UCD.