2012

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Tue, 30 Oct 2012

NEWS

Will Pierce graduated with his PhD on October 24th. Will undertook his doctoral training in Dr. John Mackrill’s laboratory. Congratulations Dr. Pierce!

Andrew O’Leary joins the department as an MSc student. Andrew will explore the molecular mechanisms of hypoxic adaptation in muscle under the supervision of Professor O’Halloran.

Congratulations to Dr. Ciaran Lee who has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in the USA. Ciaran was a PhD student and postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Harrison and Dr. Scallan (Dept. of Microbiology). The department wishes Ciaran well in his new post.

Dr Paddy Harrison and Dr. Martina Scallan (Dept. of Microbiology) have secured a HRB Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Award to organise a conference to raise awareness of the therapeutic potential of gene repair in developing treatments for genetic disorders such as cystinosis, in preparation for the EU Horizon 2020 funding call.

Deirdre Edge successfully defended her PhD on October 18th. Dee undertook her doctoral training with Professor O’Halloran and is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Department working with Dr. Markos on the EU-funded MULTIFUN project.

Dr. O’Malley, Dr. Markos and Professor O’Halloran were each awarded funding for separate projects from UCC’s Strategic Research Fund.

Department of Physiology will host the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Biomedical Sciences Annual Meeting in June 2013.

 

RECENT NEWS

Professor O’Halloran was an invited speaker at TCD’s postgraduate research day on September 20th, 2012 where he delivered a lecture entitled: Looking for inspiration: is it time for a radical approach to the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing?

Professor O'Halloran and Dr. Chrissie Shortt attended the 41st European Muscle Conference in Rhodes, Greece in September 2012. Fiona McDonald, a PhD student in Prof. O’Halloran’s group, presented her work on the effects of intermittent hypoxia exposure during early neonatal life of respiratory muscle function.

Drs. O’Malley and Rae were each awarded funding from the Physiological Society to support pilot research projects. The scheme is very competitive and as such a coup for the department to have attracted two awards. Congratulations to Dervla and Mark!

Professor O’Halloran’s group presented 6 papers at the XIIth Oxford Conference on the control of breathing in Almelo, Netherlands in August, 2012. Fiona McDonald, a PhD student in Prof. O’Halloran’s group, was one of 4 PhD students short-listed to present oral communications at the meeting.

Roisin Burke-O’Toole was awarded the Physiological Society Prize for Undergraduates. Roisin was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Physiology and finished top of the class for her research project conducted under the supervision of Professor O’Halloran. Roisin will pursue Medicine at UL and the department wishes her well in this pursuit.

Professor O’Halloran’s research group attended and presented 4 papers at the Physiological Society’s Annual Meeting in Edinburgh, July 2012. Eric Lucking, a PhD student supervised by Prof. O’Halloran and Prof. James Jones (Anatomy, UCD) was awarded a prize for his oral communication.

Professor O’Halloran was elected to the Physiological Society’s Council of Trustees in July 2012. Prof. O’Halloran serves on the Society’s Membership and Grants Committee and Meetings Committee.

Dr. Maria Buckley, a researcher working with Dr. O’Malley, presented her research paper at the RAMI Biomedical Sciences Annual Meeting held at NUIG, June 2013.

Eric Lucking, a PhD student supervised by Prof. O’Halloran and Prof. James Jones (Anatomy, UCD) was awarded the Donegan Medal for his oral communication at the RAMI Biomedical Sciences Annual Meeting held at NUIG, June 2013.

Professor O’Halloran presented research findings at the Biomedical Basis of Elite Performance Conference in London (March, 2013).

Professor O’Halloran was an invited speaker at Birmingham University, (March 13, 2012).

Dr. Dervla O’Malley was awarded funding from the UCC School of Medicine Translational Research Access Programme (TRAP).

Professor O’Halloran was an invited speaker at RCSI/Perdana University, Malaysia (Jan 13, 2012). His talk was entitled: “Hypoxic adaptation in respiratory muscles”.

Professor O’Halloran was elected General Secretary & Treasurer of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland in September 2011.

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