College of Medicine and Health interdisciplinary Seed Awards (CiSA)

The second CiSA seed funding scheme has now closed. Details of a 2023 round, if confirmed to run, will be posted in due course.

We wish to again thank our industry partners Boston Scientific, GSK, Laya Healthcare, and Pfizer for enabling us to run this seed funding programme, and our colleagues in UCC Alumni and Development for their support. 

CiSA seed funding provides an opportunity for new research collaborations between CoMH staff in the member Schools (Clinical Therapies, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy and Public Health) and all healthcare aligned staff in affiliated clinical institutions. In particular, CiSA facilitates the development of clinical and non-clinical researcher collaborations to develop new or substantially new research areas, and to foster them to a point where a more extensive grant application can be made. 

To date, we have awarded approximately €125,000 to 13 teams. Find the CiSA Imapct Report below. 

2021/2 CiSA awards  

Mr James Harte, Dr Vitaliy Mykytiv, Dr Maeve Crowley, Dr Justin V McCarthy. To investigate the induction of monocyte procoagulant activity by SARS-CoV-2 as a possible contributor to the increased risk of thromboembolism observed in COVID-19

Mary Jane O’Leary, Mohamad Saab, Josephine Hegarty, Fiona Kiely. The Communication Experiences of Patients and Carers Referred to Specialist Palliative Care Services at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice: A Qualitative Exploration

Dr Aonghus Joyce, Dr Éanna Falvey, Dr Sinead Harney, Mr Darren Rodgers. Classical and Irish Traditional Musicians: Comparison of an Online Exercise Intervention for Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Dr Harriet Byrne, Dr Richeal Ní Riordain, Prof Seamus O Reilly. Oral Health Status and Dental Care Needs of Oncology Patients Receiving Bone Modifying Agents

Dr Maria Buckley, Dr Owen J O’Connor, Prof Michael Maher, Dr Stephen Power. Assessment of augmented systemic responses by the gut microbiome elicited by liver directed neoplasia treatment

Dr John O Toole, Prof Gene Dempsey, Dr Fiona McDonald, Dr Therese Ruane O’Hora. Cerebral blood flow patterns in a piglet model of intraventricular haemorrhage






CiSA Impact Report

Together with UCC Alumni and Development we presented our industry donors with a CiSA Impact Report, highlighting the major impacts resulting from the 2019 and 2021/22 programmes

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Some of the 2022 CiSA award team members

Dr Harriet Byrne, Dr Mary Jane O’Leary, Dr Mohamad Saab, Mr James Harte, Prof Helen Whelton, Dr Aonghus Joyce, Dr Maria Buckley, Dr Michael Clarkson, Dr Owen J O’Connor

Some of the 2019 CiSA award team members at the 2022 event in the WGB

Dr Margaret Curtin, Ms Peg O’Riordan, Ms Claire Hayes, Prof Helen Whelton, Dr Frances Shiely, and Dr Michael Clarkson

Profs Helen Whelton and Yvonne Nolan with Dr Michael Clarkson, Vice Dean R&I at the 2022 CiSA Event

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