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School of Medicine - eBulletin : April 2013 Edition

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Good Luck ImageEnd of Year Exams

Final medicine and end of year examinations are rapidly approaching. The Head of School of Medicine, Professor Paul Browne and the Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, Dr Martina Hennessy, along with all academic and administrative staff wish you every success in your examinations.


Professor Tom ConnorProfessor Tom Connor (1971-2013)
B.Sc. N.U.I., M.A., Ph.D. N.U.I., F.T.C.D. (2007)

Our colleague and friend, Professor Tom Connor, passed away on 26th February 2013 after a long illness fought with immense bravery and dignity.

Tom was appointed to Lectureship in the Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin in 2002.  He had spent 13 highly-successful years at NUI Galway, where his prodigious abilities as a researcher first became apparent. Tom graduated with first class honours in Biochemistry in 1993, having been awarded several student prizes, and completed his PhD in Neuropharmacology in 1998 in the laboratory of Prof. Brian Leonard. A Health Research Board Fellowship enabled him to conduct postdoctoral research at NUI Galway, during which time he continued to carve his own research niche. It was at this point in his career that he joined the Trinity College community as a Lecturer in Neuroscience. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007 and to Associate Professor (now Professor) in 2010. For Professor Connor's full obituary please read on»

Upcoming Events

2013 Medical Humanities Poster Day 2013 Medical Humanities Poster Day - 5th April 2013

Junior Freshman students will have posters in relation to the Student Selected Module in Medical Humanities on display from 9am on 5th April 2013 in the Knowledge Exchange TBSI, Pearse St.

MOVE will be holding a bake sale on the day with all proceeds going to support students on voluntary electives overseas. If you are able to provide any support either in the form of donating baked goods or through purchasing baked goods on the day it would be greatly appreciated.

Swan Lecture 2013The Annual Swan Lecture - 12th April 2013

This lecture by Professor Margot Brazier QC, FMed Sci, Professor of Medical Law, University of Manchester titled ‘My doctor is a criminal’ will be held on Friday the 12th of April at 6 p.m. in the Tercentenary Hall, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. This lecture will be followed by a reception and the launch of TSMJ 2013. RSVP: Hannah Archbold (by 8th April 2013), e-mail or tel: +353 1 8962893. Please view poster»

Soccer Match Students vs ProfessorsSoccer Match - Students vs Professors 2013 - 26th April 2013

The date for this 3rd “El Classico” is Friday April 26th, commencing at 3pm in College Park.

All are welcome to attend and give their support. We look forward to an enjoyable game.

The Final Med Results will be released on the 26th of April 2013.

Punchestown RacesPunchestown Race Day for TCD Motor Neurone Research - 27th April 2013

The management of Punchestown Racecourse has kindly offered TCD the facility to fundraise for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research on Saturday, 27 April 2013. Half of €80 per person for a special package will go to MND research in Trinity College Dublin. A team of TCD researchers, led by Prof Orla Hardiman, are seeking a better understanding of the disease to make it treatable for sufferers.  Your visit will help this worthy cause. For more information and to book tickets please click here»

RHA logoRHA Exhibition

The current exhibition should be of interest to medical students at the RHA: "Skin: An Artistic Atlas". Launched on March 15th by Professor Eoin
O'Brien of the Irish Skin Foundation (Chairman), it will be on view until April 28th. It includes a wide range of Irish and international artists
like  Robert Ballagh, Cecily Brennan, Dorothy Cross, Robert Mapplethorpe, Denis Oppenheim and Mary Kelly. Please visit the RHA Website»

Through the Lens ExhibitionThrough the Lens - May 2013

The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital and RUA RED Arts Centre, Tallaght announce the return of Through the Lens, Ireland's only Arts and Health Film Festival. The festival began in 2011 and returns in 2013 for a special season of films aimed at medical professionals, students, service users, artists, filmmakers and the general public, interested in discussing and challenging perceptions of older age and how it is represented within film. Each event in the festival will include refreshments, a screening followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with medical professionals and service users from Tallaght Hospital.

This initiative builds on significant work at both the hospital and arts centre in terms of arts and health. The aim is to focus on the theme of older age as part of the Bealtaine festival and to open debate about how the films portray older age from a variety of perspectives. For further information please click here»

Wellcome Trust - HRB Clinical Research Facility at St. James's HospitalTaoiseach Enda Kenny to Open Wellcome Trust - HRB Clinical Research Facility at St. James's Hospital - 30th May 2013

Enda Kenny has agreed to formally open the recently completed Wellcome Trust HRB Clinical Research Facility at St. James's Hospital on 30th May 2013.  The building was formally handed over to the hospital earlier this month and commissioning and equipping activities are currently underway.  Clinical research activity in the CRF will be phased in over the coming months with the first patients expected to attend the facility in May.  A Senior Nurse Manager has been appointed and recruitment is currently underway for a Research Pharmacist and an Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager.

From 17th April tours of the facility for Health Science faculty and hospital staff will be organised for Wednesday evenings

Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference Image14th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference & Student Colloquium

Health, Wellbeing and Innovation: Recent advances in research, practice and education. 5th - 7th November 2013

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Final date for submission 31st May 2013

For further details please visit their website »

Shelbourne ImageGraduation Ball 2013

The Ball is a traditional annual event organised by the medical students, held on the evening following the graduation ceremony. This year it will be held in the The Shelbourne Hotel on Friday, 21st June 2013. We will use this occasion to celebrate the hard work and effort of the previous five years before entering the challenging and exciting world of Intern year. 

We hope to make this a successful and memorable evening for all involved.

Eurocheck Security ConsultantsTravel Security Training – Centre for Global Health - June 20th, 2013

The Centre for Global Health (CGH) is running a one-day workshop with Eurocheck Security ( for staff and students on June 20th, 2013, and is inviting interested parties to participate.

CGH staff and students frequently travel abroad, often to higher risk countries, for work and research purposes. This training day, conducted by experienced consultants, intends to help prepare individuals on general security assessments and awareness, as well as to prepare security procedures and policies for staff and students abroad.

The tentative schedule for the day is:
10am-1pm: Security awareness and training course
2pm-5pm : Procedure and policy development for international travel

If you are interested in participating, please email to reserve a spot as spaces are limited More information or any changes to the schedule will be emailed closer to the date.


10th ESO-ESMO Course on Oncology for Medical Students - 20-26 July 2013 - Ioannina, Greece

This year the European School of Oncology is organizing the 10th ESO-ESMO Course on Oncology for Medical Students which will take place between the 20/07/2013 - 26/07/2013 in Ioannina, Greece. The five-day programme covers all spectrums of oncology, including clinical picture, staging, prognostic factors, surgery, radiotherapy, systemic therapy, presentation and discussion of clinical cases.
The course is dedicated to:
•    Final-year medical students
•    Forty medical students will be selected by ESO Committee
The official language of the course is English.
Applications should be sent by 12 April 2013 to
Dimitra Stamouli e:
and include the following documents
•    Completed application form (
•    Letter describing motivation for attending
•    Curriculum vitae (with list of publications)
•    Supporting letter from Head of Department / Mentor
Further information available here» 

School News

Dr Cliona Ni CheallaighTB Immunology News

Last year, Dr. Cliona Ni Cheallaigh won first prize at Irish Society of Immunology and the Irish Society of Infectious Diseases scientific conferences.  She has just returned from a Keystone meeting with 600 conference attendees, where her abstract was selected for oral presentation. Her findings on the genetic basis of susceptibility to tuberculosis disease were well received. Her insights into the mechanism of how macrophages respond to TB infection have improved our understanding and may well lead to the design of better treatments and vaccines for this devastating disease. As part of her PhD thesis work, Dr Ni Cheallaigh spent time this year in the University of Massachusetts where she completed in-vivo experiments that emphasise the importance of her cell biology findings performed in St James’s and the TBSI.

The Health Research Board Clinical Scientist Award Renewal – TB Immunology

Just eight months after this grant was successfully renewed the clinical and scientific TB researchers based in St James’s have five new peer reviewed articles published or in press. With collaborators in Biochemistry & Immunology, Michelle Coleman PhD, has demonstrated the powerful impact of human alveolar macrophages on driving T-regulatory cells in the pulmonary compartment. With Seonadh O’Leary she presented at Keystone her data on how this effect is especially prominent in the lungs of smokers who are uniquely susceptible to tuberculosis disease. At the same meeting Dr O’Leary and Dr Mary O’Sullivan presented data on how tuberculosis specifically corrupts the autophagic response from alveolar macrophages. These insights may inform us on how this important pathogen corrupts human immunity.

Medical student to present at the American Thoracic Society 2013

Wui Mei Chew, who is a final year medical student and erstwhile Masters in Molecular Medicine medical student in the tuberculosis immunology lab, was recently chosen as a plenary session speaker for the American Thoracic Society 2013 meeting. Wui Mei will travel to Philadelphia in May to present her work at an oral session that focuses on host immunity to tuberculosis disease. In this regard she will demonstrate a number of ways which smoking interferes with immune responses in the human lung. It is hoped that her findings will lead to a fortified approach to tuberculosis care that will include smoking cessation programmes.

Public Health Primary Care News

Professor Catherine Hayes
Professor Catherine Hayes has been selected as a participant for the National Cancer Institute US 2013 Summer Curriculum - Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control  (

Professor Tom O'Dowd
Professor Tom O'Dowd has been invited to the School of Public Health, Peking University, in May, to advise on the training of future general practitioners.  Professor O'Dowd's visit to the University of Peking is part of the Chinese government's 10-year plan to develop primary care services in China.

General Practice Photographic Exhibition
This exhibition of photographs illustrating the day-to-day work of general practitioners who bring medical science and care to patients in the consulting room and in the patients' own homes, was first exhibited in the Gallery of Photography in Dublin in May 2012 as part of the Medical School's Tercentenary celebrations.  The photographs from the Trinity Art Collections are currently on exhibition in the Hunt Museum in Limerick, 8th March - 28th April, (

Transition Year ImageThe Transition Year Programme 2013

The Transition Year programme took place on the 18th until the 22nd of February. The programme is unique in that the students experience both the academic and clinical perspectives of medicine.  The programme was well received by all the students who took part. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teams involved who gave the students an opportunity to experience what working in the medical field is like. All the students who took part in the programme were very complimentary about how well the teams engaged with them to ensure that they got a well-rounded experience.

Singapore occupational therapy students from the one-year occupational therapy degree programme come to Dublin.Singapore occupational therapy students from the one-year occupational therapy degree programme come to Dublin

The first cohort of occupational therapy students from the one-year Singapore degree programme came to the Discipline of Occupational Therapy in January. The students were here for their six-week Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) during which time they completed one of the four modules of the occupational therapy degree programme, Context and Delivery of Practice. The purpose of this module is for students to experience occupational therapy practice in Ireland.  This involved them visiting a number of occupational therapy services which included primary care services in the South inner city; medical and elderly services in St. James’ Hospital; the National Rehabilitation Hospital brain injury programme; Royal Hospital Donnybrook and the Fatima and Dolphin community health programmes. They also had lectures, workshops and seminars from clinical specialist occupational therapists working in the areas of primary care, mental health, cognitive rehabilitation and older adults.

Another aim of the OIP is for Singapore students to get to know other students in TCD. Therefore during the six weeks, they had weekly problem-based learning tutorials with Senior Sophister occupational therapy students, and participated in the Inter-Professional Learning module for TCD health sciences students from nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, medicine, nursing and speech and language. The feedback from the Singapore students about their OIP was extremely positive with students stating how much they learned from the module and enjoyed getting to know Trinity College.

The students were invited for afternoon tea with the Provost in the last week of their OIP.

TCD Health Day TCD Health Day 2013

Inspired by Trinity Med Day, for the second year running, medical students help organise and run a Dublin-wide charity event on February 20th. This year students raised over three and a half thousand euro for Spinal Injuries Ireland, mental health services in SJH and the Student Hardship Fund. Thanks to all who participated

TCD Students raise over €14,000 in ‘Jailbreak’ event

Jailbreak Image

Students, Matthew Hainbach and Claire Cullen have been named the winners of Trinity College Dublin’s first ever ‘jailbreak’ competition. The pair travelled over 11,000km from Trinity College to Argentina, in the space of 36 hours without spending any money on transport.

The event, which captured the imagination of the nation last weekend, has raised over €14,000 for Society for St Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International.

Organised by the Trinity branch of the Society for St Vincent de Paul and Trinity Law Society, the Trinity Jailbreak event challenged 68 students to travel as far away from the college as possible, within 36 hours, without spending their own money.

Medical students, Claire and Matthew were named winners of the competition on Monday when they reached the sunny Atlantic coastal city of Mirimar, south of Buenos Aires. They managed to fly to Buenos Aires and take a taxi down the Argentine coast without spending any of their own money and without speaking Spanish. Musician Chris de Burgh stepped in to pay for their ticket home.

Just 37km behind them were Brian Cusack and Siona Wu Murphy who travelled to Bentan in Telani, Indonisia.

Many of the students persuaded travel agencies to sponsor them and made it to Paris, the Vatican City and Warsaw during the event. One team managed to  board a flight to Sydney, but didn’t arrive in time to make the 36 hour travel deadline.

Lydia Rahill of the Trinity Law Society expressed gratitude to all who supported the event through sponsorship and offers of food, accommodation and help with travel expenses.

NUI Galway medical students fundraise €8,000 NUI Galway medical students fundraise €8,000
for The National Burns Unit at St. James’s Hospital

Second year medical students at NUI Galway have donated €8,000 to The National Burns Unit at St. James’s Hospital. The funds were raised following their classmate’s much-publicised injury last Halloween and his admission to St. James’s.

The donation has been a timely one for the burns unit, whose staff aims to raise €500,000 over the next two to three years; Mr Odhran Shelley, consultant surgeon and director of The National Burns Unit has ambitions to provide more advanced equipment for the unit and an environment that will enable patients to achieve the excellent outcomes now possible given the latest advances in care and technology.

The National Burns Unit at St. James’s caters to severely burned patients from all over Ireland. Patients are admitted following house-fires, construction accidents and other traumatic incidents – suffering from burns ranging from 1 – 2% of their entire body skin to 90% and higher. A multi-disciplinary team provides specialist care for more than 200 people each year. The unit has recently also facilitated the establishment of a support group for patients.

For the full story of the medical students’ fundraising please click here»

Lamp logoLAMP is one year old

What is LAMP? Ireland is ageing, and as it ages, it is becoming more urbanized. These two trends are among the greatest opportunities and challenges of our times. LAMP is a community health regeneration project that seeks to re-engineer existing health and social care services for the elderly with the goal of supporting successful ageing in place. LAMP involves the mapping and geo coding of the Liberties and the Fatima areas of the St James’s Hospital catchment by Transition year students from Warrenmount to establish the key determinants of health and social well-being in the elderly and to develop strategies and interventions to keep older people healthy in their communities for longer. It is being carried out in partnership with a highly successful US based project – The Chicago Health and Vitality Studies. Please view LAMP Newsletter (PDF 454 kB)

Radiation Therapy Students help Trinity ladies win Lynch cup

Radiation Therapy Students help Trinity ladies win Lynch cup

Congratulations to Radiation Therapy Students Marie Murphy, Sarah Dempsey, Megan Browne and Lucy Mulhall on their participation in the Trinity Ladies’ GAA Lynch Cup semi-final and final recently.

Pictured is Junior Freshman Radiation Therapy student, Lucy Mulhall, receiving the player of the match award. 

Meeting Attendees.  From the left;  Andreas Ledergerber - International Research Programmes; ETH Zurich; Switzerland, Emma Ryan FluidX Ltd (UK), Imelda Lambkin - National Director; Ireland's National Support Network for FP; Ireland, Gabor Csucs - ETH; Zurich; Switzerland Peter Horvath - ETH; Zurich; Switzerland (Co-Organiser),Eugenio Fava - DZNE; Bonn; Germany, Spencer Shorte - Institut Pasteur; Paris; France, Anthony Davies - Trinity College; Dublin; Ireland (Co-Organiser), Leo Price - LACDR; Leiden; The Netherlands, Neil Carragher - IGMM Cancer Research UK; Edinburgh; UK, Marc Bickle - TDS; MPI-CBG; Dresden; Germany, Carina von Schantz-Fant - FIMM; Helsinki; Finland, Jani Saarela - FIMM; Helsinki; Finland, Ian Hayes Luxcel Ltd (Ireland), Maria Montoya Sanchez - CNIC; Madrid; Spain, Gerardo Turcatti - EPFL; Lausanne; Switzerland, Nathalie Aulner - Institut Pasteur; Paris; France, Daniel Ebner - TDI; Oxford, UK,Beate Neumann - Heidelberg; Germany

Trinity College Hosts Europe Wide Collaboration of World Leading Innovators and Entrepreneurs in the Field of Automated Cell Biology

Dr Anthony Mitchell Davies Director of the Irish National Centre for High Content Screening and Analysis (INCHSA) based in the Institute of Molecular Medicine Trinity College Dublin and Dr Peter Horvath, Ph.D. Head of data analysis, Light Microscopy and Screening Centre ETH Zurich, Switzerland have recently initiated a Europe wide collaboration of world leading innovators and entrepreneurs in the field of automated cell biology.  The inaugural meeting of the European Cell-based Assays Interest Group (EuCAI) was held in the O’Reilly Institute hosted by the Trinity College Technology Transfer Office and was focused on extending the utilisation of automated cell based research technologies deeper into the field of drug discovery and medical research.  Full article read on»


left to right: Michael Schmidt OBE, Iggy McGovern, Martin Dyar.Medicine and Poetry United at the Long Room Hub

On Monday 11th, the judges of the 2013 Strokestown International Poetry Award, poets Michael Schmidt and Iggy McGovern, met at a secret location on the TCD campus to create the shortlist for the awards. On the evening of March 11th, Iggy and Michael also gave a reading of their own work and took part in a discussion on the theme of poetry, health and illness, which was chaired by Medical Humanities lecturer and Strokestown International Poetry Festival director, Dr Martin Dyar. The event took place in the Long Room Hub in Trinity, and drew a large audience, including the poetry editor of the Irish Times Gerry Smyth, Irish poet Moya Cannon, American poet Jennifer Grotz, representatives from the Arts Council, geriatrician and medical historian Prof Davis Coakley, anesthetist and School of Medicine bioethics lecturer Dr Barry Lyons, and poet and Prof Emeritus in the School of English, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. There was also a diverse and lively turnout of students from both the faculty of arts and the faculty of health sciences. For the full article please read on»

INMED 2013INMED 2013

The 6th INMED Annual Scientific Meeting was held on 21st-22nd Feb 2013 in University College Dublin. The Conference brought together individuals and organisations with interests and responsibilities in medical and healthcare education.  The theme for this year’s Conference was `Patient–Centred Medical Education: Human Factors, Patient Safety, Learning from Patients`.  National and International subject experts presented an array of thought provoking seminars and workshops. Locally, Trinity College was well represented with a poster presentation by two Year 3 medical students Michael McCrohan and Jordan McGarry supervised by Dr Katherine Gavin demonstrating the healthy lifestyle choices of TCD medical students.  Dr Gavin also gave an oral presentation on the research and project choice motivators of second and third medical students at TCD.  Dr Richard Deane won an award for the best presentation in the category of assessment on his research on the relationship between attendance and academic achievement in undergraduate Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  All presentations were well received and evoked much interest and debate.

Awarded Prize at INMED 2013

Dr Richard Deane, Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology was awarded the prize  for best oral presentation at the recent INMed Conference in Dublin for his presentation titled "Does Medical Student Attendance Matter?". Please view Abstract submission (PDF 65 kB)

Spike MilliganThe Spike Milligan trophy goes ‘Wesht’ once again

By Dara Gantly.

NUIG medical students have won the annual Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition for the third time since the competition began in 1999 and in close second as runners-up was the RCSI team.

Run and hosted by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, the competition for medical students is an award established to foster and promote communication skills and raise awareness of mental health issues among doctors in training.

Held recently at the Sugar Club, Dublin, teams from seven medical schools competed. Trinity Medical School were represented by Caoimhe Delaney and Clare O'Connell. Fiona Nolan and John Campion of the winning team from Galway medical school (NUIG) provided the audience and judges with an entertaining, realistic portrayal of the topic this year ‘Online or Out of Touch — Mental Health Services for Generation Y’.

The topic is in keeping with the College’s 2013 theme Youth Mental Health. On the judging panel this year were Scott Ahearn, Outreach and Partnership Officer with See Change, along with Dr Antoinette D’Alton, Chair of the College’s Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Dr Karen O’Connor, senior registrar in general adult psychiatry and former Spike winner. Dr Matt Sadlier, consultant adult psychiatrist, chaired the night.

IMM Symposium 2012IMM 15th Annual Meeting - November 9th 2012

The 15th Institute of Molecular Medicine Annual Meeting (IMM) was held on Friday November 9th 2012.  The meeting was opened by the Provost of Trinity College, Dr Patrick Prendergast, with a presentation demonstrating the strength and significance of academic research within the School of Medicine, St James’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital whereby he emphasised the contribution these groups made in raising the profile of TCD as a world class university. read on»

Dr. Clodagh Nolan State Registration Board for Occupational Therapists

Dr. Clodagh Nolan of the Discipline of Occupational Therapy has been appointed by the Minister for Health to the inaugural State Registration Board for Occupational Therapists run by CORU, Ireland’s first multi professional regulator. Its role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals. The registration board will have responsibility for setting the standards for occupational therapists and ensuring that the relevant educational bodies deliver qualifications that prepare professionals to provide safe and appropriate care.

The Act of Remembrance and Thanksgiving ImageThe Act of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

The Act of Remembrance and Thanksgiving is held every two years and is a tribute to those who in death have served the living. It was held this year on the 6th March 2013 in the College Chapel.

It was a special occasion where the college chaplains together with the staff and students from the Anatomy Department had an opportunity to show their appreciation to the donors and their families.

The ceremony contained religious and secular readings, singing, and music which was performed by the Chapel Choir and students from the Anatomy Dept. The “Book of Remembrance” was processed into the Chapel followed by Anatomy students bearing candles representing the following disciplines; Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiation Therapy, Clinical Speech and Language Therapy, Sports Medicine, Human Health and Disease and Neuroscience.
A central part of the ceremony was the calling out of the donor names during which a candle was lit in memory of each donor.

Approx 50 donors and their families were remembered at the ceremony this year. The chapel was filled with wonderful music, singing, and readings creating a truly fitting acknowledgement to the donor community.

Postgraduate Course - Open for Applications

M.Sc. in Health Services Management

M.Sc. in Health Services Management is currently recruiting for its September 2013 intake. You will find some information on the course on this website Please also see this URL address for our application procedure. We welcome you to contact us at the details below for any query, order a course brochure, or should you wish to arrange for an appointment with our course coordinator to discuss your eligibility and career ambitions. Please contact the course administrator (Stephanie Culson) at: T: + 353 (0)1 896 2665 E:

Staff and Student Awards/Prize Winners

Researchers within the Department of Surgery win awards at IACR and IrSPEN conferences

Translational research projects within TCD's Discipline of Surgery, focussing on the areas of oesophageal and colorectal cancer, won several poster awards at recent national conferences.

Three prizes were awarded to the discipline at the Irish Association for Cancer Research (IACR) meeting which took place in Dublin in March. Dr. Niamh Lynam-Lennon won a poster award for her work investigating the link between tumour metabolism and radioresistance in oesophageal cancer, work funded by the Health Research Board. In addition, Dr. Mary-Clare Cathcart won a poster prize for her Irish Cancer Society funded project examining the anti-angiogenic properties of targeting thromboxane synthase and its receptor in colorectal cancer. Dr. Andrew Moriarity also won a poster prize for his MD work investigating the role of novel small molecule drugs in the treatment of colorectal cancer.

The discipline was also successful at the annual conference of the Irish Association for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN), which took place in March. Final year PhD student Suzanne Doyle won a poster prize for her work which determined gender-specific thresholds for the classification of visceral obesity, for use in gastrointestinal cancer research. This work was funded by the Irish Research Council and C.R.O.S.S. Charity.

Jo-Hanna Ivers

Against stiff competition, Jo-Hanna Ivers has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard (Mass), to attend a short intensive course during May, on biomedical imaging, at the prestigious Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

Jo-Hanna's fellowship will provide her with valuable skills for one aspect of her PhD 'Pathways to Rehabilitation: a cohort study of opiate-dependent patients post-detoxification'.

Tara RafteryTrinity Academic Gastroenterology Group Researcher (TAGG) awarded place at the competitive European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP) 2013 and also wins acclaim at Digestive Disease Week (DDW), Orlando, 2013

Tara Raftery, Research Dietitian and PhD student (TCD) with Dr. Maria O’Sullivan (SJH) is one of 30 participants invited to attend the European Nutrition Leadership Platform 2013. Tara received a full bursary to attend to the week long training programme in Luxembourg which aims “to assist in the development of future leaders in the field of human nutrition in Europe”.  Tara’s research explores the potential immunological and anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin D in Crohn’s disease in collaboration with Dr. Deirdre McNamara (AMNCH) and Dr. Nasir Mahmud (SJH) and Prof Colm O’Morain.

Tara has also been invited to present her research which focuses on the potential benefits of adjuvant vitamin D supplementation in Crohn’s disease at DDW this year.

DDW has over 18,000 attendees and over 5,000 abstracts accepted per year.  Tara’s research submissions were placed in the top 10% of accepted abstracts and were awarded two poster presentations with distinction in addition to a lecture presentation.

Tara’s translational programme of research is in collaboration with Dr. Deirdre McNamare (AMNCH), Dr. Nasir Mahmud (SJH), Prof. Colm O’Morain, and international collaborators Dr. Adrian Martineau Queen Mary University of London, Dr. Jon Meddings and Dr. Subrata Ghosh, University of Calgary.

Dr Walsh winner of Young Researcher Award (PIYRA)President Higgins receives recipients of the President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA)

14 January 2013: President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, has today received two recipients of the Science Foundation Ireland, President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA), Prof. Mark Little and Dr. Patrick Walsh, Trinity College Dublin, in Áras an Uachtaráin.

Lancet Highlights 2012 Competition

Mary Ní Lochlainn winning photo - Lancet Highlights 2012Mary Ní Lochlainn, a fourth year Medical student, was one of  winners of the Lancet Highlights 2012 competition with her photo and accompanying article entitled 'Female Foeticide in India'. Can be seen on the Lancet Facebook page»

The Highlights photography competition invites eye-catching and thought-provoking images relevant to any aspect of international health. The photo relates to the pertinent issue of sex-selective abortion and was taken while on a MOVE elective in Orissa, India.

Female feticide in India - Mary Ni Lochlainn, Trinity College, School of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences Institute, Dublin, Ireland

Female feticide has been a problem in India since the early 1990s when ultrasound techniques were introduced. The Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act was passed in 1994, making sex-selective abortion illegal, and then subsequently amended in 2003. Unfortunately, the act is poorly enforced in India. This photograph was taken in June, 2012, at the Evangelical Hospital, a Christian mission hospital located in Khariar in India's Nuapada district, Orissa. This area is frequently affected by drought and there are high levels of poverty and low levels of education—about 80% of the local population are illiterate including more than 90% of women. The Evangelical Hospital campus includes a hostel for abandoned girls, or girls whose families cannot afford to care for them. These girls receive an education and many go on to become nurses in the hospital.

Staff Departures

Ms Fedelma McNamara, School Administrator, TBSI
Ms Alison Cowie, EO, Surgery, Tallaght Hospital
Ms Mary Kavanagh, Administrator, Clinical Medicine, SJH
Ms Louise Whelan, SEO, School of Medicine, TBSI
Ms Sinead Larkin, EO, School of Medicine, TBSI

New Staff

Ms Orla Bannon - School Administrator, TBSI
Ms Clodagh Colleran, EO, Education Division, School of Medicine, TBSI
Ms Roslyn O’Kelly, EO, Clinical Medicine, St James’s Hospital

School News highlighted through TCD Communications

Kidney Centre Launched PhotoTrinity Health Kidney Centre: An Integrated Hub of Patient Care, Translational Research and Innovative Education Launched»

Mar 19, 2013

New Report on the Use of Health Care System by Older People in IrelandNew Report on the Use of Health Care System by Older People in Ireland»

Mar 14, 2013


Prof IrvinTrinity Dermatologist Awarded US Prestigious Award»

Mar 06, 2013


Dr Cara Martin, TCD; Ms Marie O'Brien, A&L Goodbody, formerly with Matheson; Mr Paraic Madigan, Matheson; Mr Brendan Casey; Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast; Ms Julie Casey; Mrs Juliette Casey; Dr Sharon O'Toole, TCD; Professor Orla Sheils, TCD;   Professor John O'Leary, TCD; Mr Nick Sparrow, TCD.Provost Thanks the Emer Casey Foundation for Support for Ovarian Cancer Research in Trinity»

Jan 30, 2013


Paul Wallace presents the cheque to Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost, and Professor John Reynolds, TCDIrish Rugby Legends Raise €52,000 for Cancer Research at TCD»

Jan 03, 2013


Prof Ronnie Munck, DSAI, Prof Philip R. Lane, TCD, Dr. Martina Hennessey, Chair of TIDI, Makthar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa.World Bank Vice President for Africa Speaks at Trinity»

Jan 21, 2013

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