Wednesday, 10th April
Trinity Week Academic Symposium
2.00pm-5.00pm - The Science of Happiness
Chair, Professor Mary McCarron, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
2:00pm Professor Jim Lucey, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Trinity College
“Sing, Dance, and Be Mindful ”
Biography: Prof. Jim Lucey is Medical Director of St. Patricks University Hospital since 2008. He has more than 25 years’ experience in psychiatry. In addition to medical management he maintains his clinical practice at St. Patrick`s where he works on the assessment, diagnosis and management of obsessive compulsive (OCD) and other anxiety disorders.
Dr. Lucey's research includes studies into the biology of OCD which were completed while a JNP Moore Research Fellow at St. Patricks. Later while a Wellcome Trust Junior Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, he studied the use of functional brain-imaging to examine the biology of OCD, Panic disorder and Post-traumatic Disorder. In October 2006 he attended Harvard School of Public Health for "Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Medical Centres" and again in 2008 for "Forces for Change" in health services.
2:45pm Dr Helen Sheridan, Associate Professor of Natural product Chemistry & Head of Natural Product Drug Discovery Group School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Trinity College
“Creating Balance and Finding Happiness”
Life is an integrated journey. Health, family, relationships, work and friendship are the cornerstones of being human and all are important to our happiness. For many, the modern world is pressurised, and now more than ever, we experience extremes in daily life that challenge us physically, emotionally and financially. In such circumstances happiness can seem elusive. Having a balance between our actions, our attitudes and how we spend our time can make a difference to how happy and satisfied we feel with our lives. Scientific research has established the importance of such balance and supports the concept that only balance will sustain us for the long term. In this talk we will consider your state of happiness and look at some interventions that can help you achieve greater balance and happiness in your life.
Biography: Dr Helen Sheridan is an Associate Professor in the School and leads the Natural product research group. Helen currently lectures at Sophister and Master’s level in Pharmacy, Oncology and Global Health. Helen has also been actively involved in outreach programmes throughout her academic career, providing science workshops, lectures and career advice at primary and secondary school level.
Throughout her research career, Helen has undertaken original research in the development of new medicines and biologically active chemicals from natural sources. In addition Helen is actively involved in research into Traditional Medicine in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and incorporates aspects of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in her teaching. Her main research interests lie in the discovery of new therapies for diseases related to inflammation, autoimmune disease and cancer.
3:30pm Dr Damien Brennan, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Trinity College
“Mental Health and Happiness”
Dr Brennan will address the topic of Mental Health and happiness in Ireland. He will argue that the maintenance of positive mental health is a key factor in the achievement of happiness. He will also stress the importance of the development of mental health services that are accessible, responsive and not stigmatised.
Biography: Dr Damien Brennan trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse in Ireland. He undertook his PhD at the Department of Sociology Trinity College Dublin, which detailed and critiqued mental hospital use in Ireland. He is Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin where his teaching and research are focused on the Sociology of Health and Illness, particularly Mental Health. His recent publication Irish Insanity 1800-2000 (Routledge), demonstrates that by the1950s Ireland had the world’s highest rate of mental hospital residency. This book proposes that there was no epidemic of mental illness in Ireland; rather this institutional confinement occurred in response to social forces. He argues that we must move beyond the legacy of mental hospitals to ensure the achievement of mental health and happiness in Ireland.
4:15pm Dr Michael O’Sullivan, Associate Professor, School of Dental Science, Trinity College
Dr O’Sullivan will speak about “Smiles” and will focus on how central a person’s smile is to them, how it affects social interactions and how other people perceive them. In modern society a lot of values are attached to facial appearance and the data of how cruelly we criticise dental abnormalities is quite surprising. Much subconscious prejudging is completed by all of us based on smiles which influence what we think of the person we are interacting with – this extends from attractiveness to IQ to the ability to obtain employment. And this is all based on a first appearance glance. The lecture will examine this relationship.
Venue: Stanley Quek Lecture Theatre, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Pearse Street
Event is open to the public, no booking required
7.00pm – Book Launch by Professor Davis Coakley
‘Medicine in Trinity College Dublin, An Illustrated History’, by Professor Davis Coakley, Published by Trinity College Dublin, 2014
The medical school in Trinity College Dublin is one of the oldest in Europe and because of this a history of the school is also a history of the development of medical education and clinical practice in Ireland over the centuries.
The medical school emerged from an intellectual milieu created in the 1600s by a group of Dublin physicians, many of whom had studied on the Continent. The evolution of the school is described against the political background of the period, such as the Cromwellian and Williamite wars. This approach is maintained throughout the book with accounts of how major events such as the Act of Union, the agitation for Home Rule, the War of Independence and the First World War impacted on the school.
The later chapters describe the school’s adaption to an independent Ireland, its survival through recurrent recessions and the effect of the ban on Catholic students attending Trinity. The book concludes with an account of the remarkable development of the school and its two major teaching hospitals, St James’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital, over the last thirty years. The story is brought up to date with a description of the growing contribution which the medical school is making to international medical research through the creation of several large research institutes.
The book contains over two hundred illustrations, many being published for the first time.
About the Author
Davis Coakley is a doctor and writer who graduated from University College Cork in 1971. He served as a consultant physician at St James’s Hospital, Dublin (1979-2011), and was professor of medical gerontology in Trinity College Dublin (1996-2011). He was dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences between 1993 and 1999. He is co-chairman of the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland, a body which promotes research on ageing across the island of Ireland. He is chairman of the Trustees of the Edward Worth Library and he served as Dun’s Librarian in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is an honorary fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a fellow of the Irish, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Colleges of Physicians. He is the author and editor of books on medicine, medical history and literature. His book Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Irish was published in 1992 and it is recognized as the first work in what is now a flourishing field of Wildean literature and research. He is currently writing a history of St James’s Hospital, Dublin.
Venue: Provost’s House
7:30pm – LUCILIN ensemble concert
The Music Composition Centre in Trinity College presents the second annual Graduate Showcase of the M.Phil in Music Composition. This evening will be a dynamic and exclusive introduction to the most exciting Irish composers of the future. Graduate composition pieces will be performed by members of the LUCILIN Ensemble: Tomoko Kiba on violin, Danielle Hennicot on viola, Christophe Beau on violoncello and Marcel Lallemang on clarinet.
Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre
Event is open to the public.
6.00pm - Dean of Students’ Roll of Honour Ceremony, Dining Hall
In Trinity College Dublin, we are extremely proud of the extracurricular activity undertaken by students which ensures a vibrant campus and offers students diverse and multidimensional opportunities for learning, social development and personal growth. The Dean of Students' Roll of Honour serves to celebrate and recognise student volunteering in clubs, societies, publications and the wider community.