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Trinity Alumni Weekend 2016
Medical Alumni Symposium

Friday, 26 August, 13.45 to 17.00

Stanley Quek Lecture Theatre, Level - 1
Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute
152 - 160 Pearse Street


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Chair: Dr Thomas Farrell, Senior Lecturer in Anatomy; Deputy Director, Graduate Entry Programme, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Tom Farrell (1976) studied philosophy and medicine at TCD. Now retired from clinical practice he teaches medicine at RCSI and philosophy at Trinity.
13.45 Opening Remarks by the Chair   
14.00 Memory: Beyond the Brain - Keynote
Dr Áine Kelly, Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience

Gender Equity & Global Surgical Workforce Needs
Professor Hilary Sanfey, Professor of Surgery & Vice Chair for Education, SIU School of Medicine – Department of Surgery, Springfield, Illinois

15.15 "T4 Health": Triage, Transport, Treatment, and Transition in a Highly Regionalized Health Care System
Professor Hilary Whyte, Professor of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Medical Director, Acute Care Transport Service, Division of Neonatology, Medical Director, SickKids International, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario
15.45  The Successes and Difficulties of Driving Change in the Irish Health Care System:  Lessons from the National Cancer Control Programme and from the Establishment of Hospital Groups.
Dr Susan O' Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group
16.15  Public Health Planning for Olympic Games - London 2012 and Rio 2016
Dr Brian McCloskey, Director of Global Health, Public Health England, London, UK
16.45 Trinity Medicine: Today and Tomorrow
Professor Paul Browne, Professor of Haematology; Consultant Haematologist and Director of the National Adult Stem Cell Transplant Programme at St. James's Hospital Dublin; Head of School of Medicine, TCD
17.00 Closing Remarks by the Chair
17.05 Tea/Coffee


Profiles of the Speakers

Paul Browne MB, FRCPI, FRCPath (1986)

Paul Browne is Professor of Haematology at Trinity College Dublin, and Consultant Haematologist and Director of the National Adult Stem Cell Transplant Programme at St. James's Hospital Dublin. He is currently also Head of the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated in 1986. He trained first in Dublin, and then as a Fellow at the University of Minnesota, USA. Since returning to Ireland in 1997, he has led the development of therapeutic programmes for leukaemia and myeloma, with a special interest in stem cell transplant and novel therapeutics. He is a member of several international working groups, including the European EBMT Working Party for Leukaemia / Myeloma, and the International PNH Consortium. He has collaborated on laboratory studies of myeloma biology, including a focus on genetic susceptibility in DNA repair pathways, in work funded by the HRB and the Irish Cancer Society. He was Chair of the Irish Cooperative Oncology Research Group (ICORG) from 2008 to 2012, leading the successful ICORG international peer-reviewed HRB multi-million euro grant renewal to support clinical translational research in cancer. Recently, he has led a TCD group in conjunction with colleagues in Cork and Galway which will now commence a major programme on cellular therapy funded by the National Blood Centre.


Áine Kelly B.A., Ph.D. (1995)

Dr Áine Kelly is Associate Professor and Head of Physiology in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. She holds a first class honours degree in Physiology (1995) and PhD in Neuroscience (2009) from TCD. Her research expertise lies at the interface between neuroscience and exercise physiology. She investigates how lifestyle factors such as physical activity and cognitive stimulation enhance brain function and protect against age-related cognitive decline.



Brian McCloskey M.A., M.D. (1976)

Brian McCloskey, Director of Global Health, Public Health England, London, UK, has worked in public health at local, regional, national and international level over a period of 25 years. He worked for 10 years with the UK Health Protection Agency with a remit for emergency planning and responsibility for cross government aspects of the agency’s response to major emergencies, including the HPA’s response to the London bombings, Buncefield Oil Depot fire, flooding incidents, and pandemic flu. He also had the lead role in planning for the 2012 London Olympics. Brian has been working with WHO’s Mass Gatherings Advisory Group since 2008, heading up a WHO Collaborating Centre on Mass Gatherings and Global Health Security working with mass gatherings such as the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the World Cup in South Africa as well as the London Olympics. He has also worked with the International Olympic Committee advising on the public health implications   Brian took on the role of Director of Global Health for Public Health England in April 2013. Brian acted as PHE’s National Incident Director for Ebola when it became a national incident in 2014 and was seconded to work as an adviser to the UN Special Envoy on Ebola, based in Geneva. Brian has contributed to several WHO missions on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Saudi Arabia and S Korea and was a member of the WHO Review Committee on the International Health Regulations following Ebola. In the January 2013 UK New Year’s Honours List, Brian was awarded a CBE for services to public health.


Susan O’Reilly MB, BCh, BAO, BA, BSc (1976), FRCPC, FRCPI   

Dr Susan O’Reilly was appointed as the CEO of the new Dublin Midlands Hospital Group in November 2014. Her role encompasses leading, planning and developing clinical service delivery, both acute and elective patient care, across our hospitals. Patient safety, quality improvement, clinical network development, sustainable staffing and finances, innovation and change management are key responsibilities. Collaboration with community health services, especially primary care, and working with other HSE Divisions and Hospital Groups is an essential element. Previously, she was the Director of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), Ireland, in September 2010.  She lead the planning and implementation of the National Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland, across the spectrum of prevention, screening programmes, Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology, as well as the development of national treatment guidelines and performance management. Dr O’Reilly qualified in medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, and completed postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at Trinity College and University College Dublin.  She sub specialised in medical oncology in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Her clinical practice and research in medical oncology in Canada focused on lymphomas, breast and gynaecological cancers. From 1995 to 2008, she was the Clinical Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Provincial Systemic Therapy Programme Leader at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver.  She developed and lead programmes in Medical Oncology care and research, provincially. From 2005 to 2010, she was the Vice President Cancer Care at the British Columbia Cancer Agency and was responsible for the leadership, planning and delivery of cancer care and clinical research across all oncology disciplines.


Hilary Sanfey MB, BCh (1976), MHPE, FACS

Dr. Hilary Sanfey is a Professor of Surgery & Vice-chair for Surgical Education in the Department of Surgery at Southern Illinois University, Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Sanfey graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1976, underwent surgical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, & spent three years as a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University. She worked as a consultant transplant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for four years where she was a member of the team that performed the first liver transplant in Scotland. Dr. Sanfey moved to the University of Virginia in 1996 where she continued to practice as a transplant surgeon until she left for SIU in 2008. Dr. Sanfey has a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago & serves as faculty for the American College of Surgeons Residents as Teachers & Leaders Program. She is the recipient of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Nina Starr Braunwald Award, a past president of the AWS, past president of the International Society of Surgery US Chapter, & the current ACS First Vice-president – elect.


Hilary Whyte MB, MSc, (1976) FRCP(I), FRCP(C)

Dr. Hilary Whyte has been a neonatologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for the past 30 years and is a full Professor of Paediatrics at University of Toronto, in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics. She is cross appointed in Clinical Epidemiology, Paediatric Emergency Medicine and the Department of Critical Care Medicine. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin University, Ireland, in 1976. In her role at SickKids she has provided leadership to the follow-up program for high risk infants and for the past 20 years has been medical director of the RN/RRT team which comprise the Acute Care Transport Service. Her research interests relate to education, transport medicine and neuro-critical care. She has worked in several countries during her career and is currently the medical director of SickKids International. She is very interested in creative and innovative ways to educate and maintain the competencies of interdisciplinary health-care professionals involved in the transport service, neonatal intensive care and follow up programs.  


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