College of Medicine and Health interdisciplinary Seed Awards (CiSA)
Thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners, including Boston Scientific, Pfizer, Laya Healthcare, and GSK, the College of Medicine and Health was able to create the CiSA programme.
The remit of CiSA is to promote the development of clinical and nonclinical researcher collaborations within the UCC CoMH and the healthcare aligned services within the SSWHG and the Bons Secours Hospital, Cork. Increasing research collaborations with our clinical colleagues is paramount to UCC and is part of our vision for CoMH.
The CoMH Research Committee was delighted to receive over 20 applications to the inaugural CiSA call, the top 7 of which will be funded. The successful teams span all 6 Schools within the CoMH, with partners from across the SSWHG.
The teams attended the Launch Event on Friday Oct 4, where they each presented their proposed research projects to academic and clinical colleagues, with Pfizer’s Global Supply Vice President of Small Molecule Operations, Dr Paul Duffy, and Boston Scientific’s Director of Process Development, Mr Joe Devlin, also in attendance. Both corporate partners were impressed with the breath and level of cross-sectoral research planned for the CiSA funds.
The successful teams and their proposed projects are:
Dr Margaret Curtin, Dr Claire Hayes, Dr Maria O'Shea and Dr Olga Buckley who represent the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Paediatric Haematology Oncology unit of the Mercy University Hospital – Qualitative Evaluation of a Paediatric Haematology Oncology Outreach Service at Mercy University Hospital.
Dr Mark G. Rae and Dr Suzanne Timmons who represent the School of Medicine and the Department of Geriatrics in the Mercy University Hospital - How does cerebrospinal fluid from Alzheimer’s disease patients affect human cortical forebrain cerebroid form and function?
Mr Chris CH Lim, Mr Michael Ita, Dr Noel Fanning and Dr André Toulouse who represent the School of Medicine and the Departments of Neurosurgery and Radiology in CUH – Characterisation of serum and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of angiographic cerebral vasospasm (ACV) and delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) in aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage.
Dr Frances Shiely and Dr Eva long who represent the School of Public Health, the HRB-CRF-C and Department of Renal Medicine, CUH – The challenges of recruitment to a randomised trial registry – what information matters to the patient?
Dr Helen Kelly, Dr Mary O’Dwyer, Prof Nicole Muller and Ms. Shinann Buckley-O’Sullivan who represent the School of Clinical Therapies, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, University Hospital Kerry and KIDS & CAMHS Kerry – Optimising the role of Speech and Language Therapists in Emergency Departments in the integrated care of older people who are frail: Development of a Study Protocol.
Prof Stephen Byrne, Dr Daniel Mullane and Ms. Laura Gleeson who represent the School of Pharmacy, CUH and Mallow General Hospital – Improving Patient Safety Culture in Maternity Care Services within the SSHWG.
Prof Barry Plant and Dr Martina Hayes who represent the School of Dentistry and the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, CUH - Oral Health in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis.