College of Medicine and Health Research Day 2013

29 Jul 2013



A very successful College of Medicine and Health Research day was held on Thursday 13th June 2013 at the Western Gateway Building. The theme of this year’s conference was - The HRB Clinical Research Facility at UCC: Meeting Challenges in Patient Focused Research. All presentations related to research planned or in progress at the Clinical Research Facility, under the Directorship of Prof. Joe Eustace.

The conference was opened by Prof. Helen Whelton, Vice Head College of Medicine and Health. The theme for the morning session was ‘Research in Special Populations’ and the speakers included Dr. Deirdre Murray, (Baseline Study); Prof Colin Bradley, (DiGP Research Group); Dr. Maeve Rooney, (Omega 3 Trial); Dr. Sally Cudmore, (Research in Healthy Volunteers).  The second session focused on studies for regulatory approval and the speakers were Prof. Noel Caplice, (RESUS AMI); Dr Declan Soden, (Endove study); and Prof. Geraldine Boylan, (ANSeR). Prof. Anita Maguire also spoke about “Novel Opportunities for Clinician Interactions with Industry”.  

There was a moderated poster session at lunchtime with 80 posters.  There were three awards for best poster and each recipient was presented with a Gold medal. Congratulations to Jacqueline Lyons (School of Food and Nutritional Science), Anne Marie O’Flynn (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health) and Maeve Crowley/Caroline Noone (Haematology, CUH). 

In the afternoon the speakers were - Dr. Denis O’Mahony, (SENATOR); Dr. Gene Dempsey, (HIP);   and Dr. Patricia Kearney, (TRUST), all clinicians/academics leading large European grants. Dr. Anne Cody from the HRB gave a presentation on Research Funding for Clinicians.

The evening session included six brief presentations on active clinical research.  Presenters were Ms. Samantha Cushen, Dr. Niamh O’Regan, Dr. John Cahill, Mr. Conor O’Shea, Prof. Finbarr Allen and Dr. Rónán Ó’Caoimh.

Thank you to Prof. Helen Whelton, Dr. Ronan O’ Sullivan, Dr. Pádraig Cantillon-Murphy, Prof. Willie Molloy and Dr. Liam Plant for chairing the sessions. 

The College Summer Bursaries (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience [SURE] Awards) were then awarded, to those of the successful 10 applicants who were in attendance, by Prof. John Higgins.


William Hutch. (Geraldine Boylan and Gene Dempsey)

Jack Collins. (Stephen Cusack)

Leo Carroll. (James Harty)

Kevin Byrnes. (Henry Redmond)

Stephanie English. (William Plant and Joe Eustace)


Nursing and Midwifery:

Laura Mc Carthy. (Eileen Savage)

Sinéad Sweeney. (Patricia Kearney)



Anand Iyer. (Martina Hayes)



Jason Hayes. (Abina Crean)


Clinical Therapies

Andreea Zagoneanu. (Jeanne Jackson, Karen Mc Nulty)

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