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April 2019


Upcoming Events and News

The Discipline of Public Health & Primary Care invites you to our Postgraduate Open Evening (6pm-8pm) on Thursday 11th April 2019 at the Institute of Population Health, Tallaght

Here you can find out more about our exciting Taught Masters of Science in Addiction Recovery or our *Brand New* Masters in Implementation Science.  Alternatively, explore your options for Research by Masters or PhD.  To learn more about our courses visit our Public Health and Primary Care website. For our Open Evening read on (PDF)

New Online Diploma in Population Health & Health Services commencing in September, 2019

Applications are now open for the new Online Postgraduate Level 9 Diploma in Population Health & Health Services Research commencing in September 2019. Read more

Recent News and Events

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Minister of Health opens the second health innovation hub

Health Innovation Hub Ireland is launching a new TCD Diploma as part of the School of Medicine

Of the four Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) academic partners, Trinity College Dublin has specific responsibility for the delivery of educational products that will stimulate a culture of innovation within the HSE. Led by Professor Seamas Donnelly, a new TCD School of Medicine Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation is now open for applications. The one year programme will offer fundamental grounding in key subjects: design thinking and embedding a culture of innovation; process innovation; lean thinking; social innovation and health economics; innovation and leadership. Graduates are expected to lead the adoption and embedding of innovation in the Irish health system. The Diploma will run its first cohort this September 2019. There are up to 24 places with a 50/50 split of both open/industry and HSE places. Course information and application

For more information email Eimear Galvin

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Provost Teaching Awards 2018

Prof David Kane from the School of Medicine received the award for “his passion, dedication, commitment, and inspiration”.

“His approach to curriculum design and classroom delivery is underpinned by a clear and visionary view of the needs of the medical profession and of the relationship between education and the practice of medicine”, Prendergast said.

Prof Lina Zgaga from the School of Medicine was also recognised for her teaching. She was described as “the best and most rounded teacher I have worked with in my 22 years in College”. “At the heart of her teaching philosophy is a powerful empathy with the student’s individual learning experience”, Prendergast said.


Professor Thomas at the Oireachtas Health Committee

New publication from Pathways to Universal Healthcare Project

The latest publication from the Pathways team entitled 'Ireland's health care system and the crisis: a case study in the struggle for a capable welfare state' part of a comparative series of papers can be found on this link with more publications due in 2019 on financial projection, the HSE's Integrated Care Programme for Older People and other international comparative work. Slides from the final Pathways seminar and their presentation to the Oireachtas Health Committee can be found through this link.

Dr Peter May

Peter May wins HRB Applying Research into Policy & Practice (ARPP) Fellowship

Dr Peter May, postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Health Policy and Management, has launched a new HRB Applying Research into Policy & Practice (ARPP) funded project to be conducted in the Centre and in TILDA: the Irish Future Elderly Model (IFEM). The IFEM is a demographic/ economic microsimulation model to project future health care needs and costs among older people in Ireland, and to evaluate ex-ante interventions and policy options in this population. It will be created in collaboration with the Department of Health and the University of Southern California. 

New Student Research Committee for the Health Disciplines

12 Students across the health disciplines have been elected to represent the student body to work with the School of Medicine Research Committee in linking interested health science students with research at the undergraduate level. A launch night was held on the 18th April. 


Trinity Interdisciplinary Forum for Healthcare

The TIFH, is a new society founded by a number of students from a range of Healthcare disciplines. We aim to foster greater interdisciplinary engagement amongst students as well as normalising an interdisciplinary approach to patient care at an early stage of training. Following our committee elections, we hosted an Inaugural welcome evening in TBSI where we were joined by a number of guest speakers including Dr Emer Guinan and Prof Marie Smith who discussed the value that TIFH will add to interdisciplinary learning in the College. The Journal Club meeting was held on the 16th of April in TBSI, for more info find us on Facebook (TIFH) or Instagram (@tcdifh).


THEF 2019 - 25 April, 2019

The Trinity Healthcare Entrepreneurship Forum returned for its 2019 installment on Thursday, April 25th in the Trinity Innovation Academy, College Green. Running in partnership with Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace, this unique event showcased the opportunities and possibilities of non-traditional careers in healthcare and medtech. Speakers on the evening will include orthopaedic surgeon, inventor and TCD Medicine alumnus Dr Brian Thornes (Founder & CEO, X-Bolt Orthopaedics), medical device inventor John Vaughan (Co-founder & CTO, Aventamed) and many more. For further information find us on Facebook

Irish Geriatric Oncology Meeting - 13

April 2019

The fifth Irish Geriatric Oncology meeting took place on Saturday the 13th of April, in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2. 

European Mathematical Genetics Meeting (EMGM) 8 and 9 April, 2019

********  PROGRAMME AVAILABLE  ********


Last day for Registration Friday 29th of March 2019 


Eleisa Heron Chair EMGM 2019 Organising Committee.

Dr Margaret Dunne

Congratulations to Dr Margaret Dunne who has been invited to give a presentation at LabCon Ireland 2019, Kilkenny on 5 April on her Health Research Board funded PPI (public patient involvement) project called PERK - Promoting Education and Research Knowledge. Meeting to be opened by Minister for Health Simon Harris.


Dr Clodagh Nolan presented her Research at the International AHEAD Conference in Croke Park Dublin 20th March 2019

Dr. Clodagh Nolan in collaboration with Cecily Roche and Declan Treanor of the Disability Services presented their paper entitled ‘Auditing Learning Environments from a Sensory Perspective’. This important research paves the way for academics to enhance learning spaces for students experiencing sensory processing issues including those on the Autistic Spectrum and those with ADHD. In a previous research paper by Dr Nolan published within the American Journal of Occupational Therapy Dr. Nolan has identified a range of difficulties within higher education environments that can impede a student with sensory processing issues integration into the academic and social spheres of college life.


L-r:  Dr. Jennifer Creek, Dr. Madeline Duncan and Dr. Kit Sinclair

Discipline of Occupational Therapy welcomed Visiting Professors to  Dr. Jennifer Creek, Dr. Madeline Duncan and Dr. Kit Sinclair to Trinity College

On the 11th March Dr. Clodagh Nolan of the Discipline of Occupational Therapy organised with assistance from the Visiting Professor Fund international speakers from the UK Dr Jennifer Creek, South Africa Dr Madeline Duncan and Hong Kong Dr Kit Sinclair . They met with the students in the pm where they explored the many modes of professional reasoning including ‘upstreaming and down streaming’ ones interventions depending on the group one is interacting with. Dimensions of practice requiring occupational therapy reasoning for ‘working on the margins’ were shared with practitioners in the evening in an insightful and enlightening presentation.

L-r: Dr Susan Kennedy, Joanne Lysaght

Gastrointestinal Translation Oncology Research Group won Research Lab of the Year at the Irish Lab Awards - 7 March 2019

Congratulations to the Gastrointestinal Translational Oncology Research Group based in TTMI who recently won the accolade of 'Research Laboratory of the Year' at the Irish Laboratory Awards held in the Ballsbridge Hotel.

Irish Lab Awards


Prof Steve Thomas gives Boehm Lecture on Public Health and Healthcare - 6 March, 2019

On the 6th of March, Centre Director Steve Thomas gave the Boehm Lecture at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health on the topic of Sláintecare, the Irish ten-year plan for health reform through political consensus. His keynote address was followed by a panel discussion with additional panel members Dr Rueben Devlin, Carolyn Hughes Tuohy and Julie Drury. A video of the keynote and the panel discussion can be viewed here. The slides from the presentation can be downloaded here (PDF)

L-R Dr Brendan O’ Shea, Mark Nolan, Alison Bell

Trinity Students won the recent TCD GP Society Case Presentation Competition - 6 March 2019

Congratulations to Mark Nolan and Alison Bell for winning the Clinical Case Presentation Competition. Read more


New RCPI Masterclass in Geriatric Oncology

A new masterclass in Geriatric Oncology was delivered on March 6th by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), recognising the increased need for expansion of educational activities in this area of cancer care for the wider medical community as part of our national cancer strategy.

This Masterclass focused on Geriatric Oncology, specifically radiotherapy and chemotherapy in older adults with cancer, prescribing issues in Geriatric Oncology and Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in older people with cancer.  It was designed and delivered jointly by Anne Horgan, University Hospital Waterford, Shane O’Hanlon, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Paul Gallagher, Cork University Hospital and Anita O’Donovan, Discipline of Radiation Therapy, Trinity College Dublin.

Delivering an Occupational Therapy Professional Practice Paradigm for working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder - 4 March, 2019

A day-long professional training workshop was delivered to more than 20 occupational therapists from across Ireland who work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Dr. Katie Cremin, Claire Gleeson, Dr. Clodagh Nolan and Sarah Quinn in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy. Sponsored by our professional association (AOTI), the authors presented innovative practices, combining research findings with clinical experience. There is an identified need for further workshops to assist occupational therapists, primarily working in mental health services to support individuals with ASD whom are increasingly accessing services.


Discipline of Surgery research groups raise over €500 for Lollipop Day - 1 & 2 March, 2019

Staff from the Discipline of Surgery Research Groups raised over €500 fundraising in TTMI and Jervis Shopping Centre for Lollipop Day supporting the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) who fund biobanking activities and a patient register in Trinity Translational Medicine Institute..

Erasmus Plus Exchange Programme - March 2019

The Discipline of Radiation Therapy recently hosted faculty of the University of Zagreb, Croatia as part of the Erasmus Plus exchange programme.  Velimir Karadza and Vedran Manestar visited the Discipline and associated clinical placement sites in mid-March to assist them in the development of the clinical practice component of their educational programme for Radiation Therapists in Croatia.

L-r: Megan Hanlon, Dr Sarah Wade

Molecular Rheumatology Research Group won awards at the European Workshop for Rheumatology Research (EWRR), Lyon - March 2019

Congratulations to Megan Hanlon PhD student and Dr Sarah Wade who won awards for their research on macrophage and endothelial respectively at the European Workshop for Rheumatology Research (EWRR)

In March, a new book by Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry, was published, titled "The Doctor Who Sat For A Year"

An introduction to meditation for beginners, the book chronicles a one-year attempt to meditate every day. It was described by author Michael Harding as "an excellent introduction to the path of meditation … It is available from Gill Books

L-r Sabina Coyle, President Michael D Higgins, Dr Lorna Lopez

Dr Lorna Lopez, with Professor Louise Gallagher in the Discipline of Psychiatry, with Sarah Bowman of the HRB-IRC Ignite Team and with funding from the Health Research Board, hosted “What’s Next in Autism Genomics?” on 26th February 2019 in Trinity IPH Tallaght.

Nearly 70 members of the public joined researchers on the day to hear all about the progress, the potential and opportunities for public involvement in autism genomics research. There were many highlights of the day but special mentions go to Professor Gallagher’s talks facilitated conversations over lunch discussing challenges in autism research (keep an eye out for our upcoming video) and live-art work. Read more.




SPHeRE Network 5th Annual Conference 26 February, 2019 - RCSI, Dublin





Dr Eamon Laird led a team to show that Vitamin D deficiency can be found by testing human hair | Vitamin D deficiency | Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency | sunshine vitamin | vitamin D status | testing human hair | human hair - 25 February 2019


L-r: Amy Worrall, Fátimah Alaya

Jailbreak 2019 - 23 February, 2019

Amy Worrall, a final year medical student in Trinity College Dublin, and Fátimah Alaya, an RCSI medical student took part in Jailbreak 2019. Their adventures raised €6000 for St. Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International and was covered by the Irish Times read on. Since then, Amy and Fátimah have been awarded the Amnesty International Ireland Best Student Fundraisers and were presented prizes at the Amnesty Annual Conference on 23rd March 2019. 

Mark Bates

Mark Bates (Cancer Immunopathology Group, TTMI) was awarded a seed funding award.

Mark Bates Cancer Immunopathology Group was awarded with a seed funding award for €6,000 from the Irish Association for Cancer Research (IACR), funded by the Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA) at the IACR annual meeting in Belfast - 22 February, 2019

L-r: Prof Paul Browne, Joshua Olaniya

Trinity Student Joshua Olaniya won the AMSI Medical Case Competition - 21 February, 2019

Congratulations to Joshua Olaniya who was presented the AMSI Medical Case Competition winner by Prof Paul Browne on Thursday 21st February in the Durkan Lecture Theatre.

Fundraiser for 'Alex's Room - 21 February, 2019

Dr Aine Kelly would like to thank all the staff in the School of Medicine and TBSI who supported the fundraiser for ‘Alex’s Room’ on 21 February. Because of your generosity, 680Euro was raised in cash towards refurbishment of the day room at St Clare’s Oncology ward in Beaumont Hospital, with more donations

L-r: Micheal O'Muircheartaigh,

Maria Devenney, Anthony Molloy,

Claire Egan, Denis Coughlan,

Rose Anne Kenny, Eamonn Rea

GAA Ambassadors visited TCD TILDA Health Assessment Unit - 20 February, 2019

On the 20th February six GAA ambassadors visited the TCD TILDA Health Assessment unit to see first-hand what participants in the study complete when they are assessed. Read more. 

Global Health Class of 2018/19 networking event - 18 February, 2019

Global Health class of 2018/19 in collaboration with Irish Forum for Global Health successfully held a networking event on 18th of February 2019 at Trinity College Dublin Center for Global Health. The event brought academia, civic societies, alumni and Irish officials together. According to the IFGH student representatives, Megan Hayes and Yibeltal Mekonnen, the purpose of the event was to provide a platform for experience sharing, networking and personal reflections from the field. Students of the class wanted to capitalize on the IFGH sponsored event to gather lessons for their future careers and listen to experts on the ground.

L-R Francis Bates, Professor Jacintha O’Sullivan, Aisling Heeran, Ken Finnegan, Dr. Daniel Rogers

Allergan Innovation Award Winner Announced at TTMI Scientific Symposium - 15 February 2019

Aisling Heeran a PhD Student in TTMI received this years' Allergan Innovation Award. Read more

3 Slides in 3 Minutes Presentation Winners - 15 February, 2019

Congratulations to the following researchers who won places 1st and 2nd in the ‘3 Slides in 3 Minutes Presentations’ at the TTMI 3rd Annual Scientific Symposium

Post-Doctorate Section

1st Place - Dr Martin Barr, Thoracic Oncology Research Laboratory

2nd Place – Dr Donal Cox, TB Research Laboratory

Post-Graduate Section

1st Place – Ms Emma Leacy, Renal and Inflammation Research Group.

Building Engagements in Health Research Bursary - 15 February, 2019

Congratulations to the following researchers who were awarded the Building Engagements in Health Research Bursary at the TTMI 3rd Annual Scientific Symposium :

Dr Sinead Smith (Ussher Assistant Professor in Applied & Translational Medicine) and Professor Deirdre McNamara (Associate Professor & Consultant Gastroenterologist) Project Title: The Polycomb Repressor Complex as therapeutic target and predictive biomarker for Helicobacter pylori-associated disease.

Dr Colm Kerr (Research Fellow & specialist registrar in infectious diseases) and Dr Cara Martin (Assistant Professor in Molecular Pathology and Tumour Biology) Project Title: Human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence, seroprevalence, diversity and HPV-related cancer prevention in a HIV positive and HIV negative men who have sex with men (MSM) population.

Dr Gareth Brady (Ussher Assistant Professor of Vascular Biology) and Professor Mark Little (Professor/Consultant of Nephrology, Clinical Medicine) Project Title: Investigation of ANCA-induced pro-inflammatory signalling in human monocytes Autoimmune Vasculitis.


Prof Jacintha O'Sullivan, Dr Sharon O'Toole, Prof John Reynolds, Prof Maeve Lowery

Trinity symposium shows breadth of translational cancer research at TTMI - 15 February 2019

The Trinity Translational Medicine Institute (TTMI)  held its 3rd annual scientific symposium recently to align as closely as possible with World Cancer Day. The symposium focussed on cancer precision medicine, with 110 registered researchers and clinicians attending from across the oncology community. Read more

Prof Steve Thomas presented to European Commission - February, 2019

Centre Director Steve Thomas is currently consulting on an ongoing year-long project with the Expert Group on Health Systems Performance Assessment in the European Commission to share his expertise on health systems resilience. He presented to the Expert Group on 12 February 2019 sharing findings from Centre research on the resilience of the Irish health systems during the financial crisis and how and to what extend it withstood the shocks caused by the crisis. A full agenda of the meeting can be found on this link. In collaboration with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies he will also be producing a policy brief on the same topic to guide resilience in the face of future crises across European health systems.


L-r: Claire I. Gleeson Practice Education Coordinator, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin), Caroline Hills (NUIG), Dr. Tina McGrath Practice Tutor, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin), Aoife Carroll (UCC), Carole Murphyle Murphy

The Discipline of Occupational Therapy Practice Education Team presented on the Development of the OT Practice Education Strategic Plan at the 2019 Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Conference - 7 February, 2019 

Claire I. Gleeson, Practice Education Coordinator in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy and Carole Murphy, Practice Tutor in Beaumont Hospital Dublin, presented on behalf of the Occupational Therapy Practice Education Team, at the 2019 Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Conference in NUI Galway on the 7th February. The presentation entitled; ‘The Sum of its parts” - A strategic and structured Practice Education Team approach to the delivery of an holistic student centred practice education OT Programme at Trinity’ highlighted the background and rationale for developing a strategic approach to practice education in order to plan and deliver an enhanced practice education programme for all stakeholders: Students, placement providers, and the university.  It further identified the format established to critically review and identify strengths, challenges, and targets for development, as well as presenting the vision for practice education going forward where the complex process and dynamic interaction of the classroom curriculum is connected with clinical teaching and learning contexts.


TY Programme - February, 2019

This year’s TY programme had 24 students from schools all over Dublin and Kildare.

The programme was filled with interesting and varied activities. The students did experiments in the Physiology Lab, and had an extensive tour of TCD campus. They joined third year students for a day of Clinical Skills lessons and practice, attended a lecture given by Breast Surgeon Ms Liz Connolly. Read more

Radiation Therapy Policy Forum at the European Parliament - 31 January, 2019

Michelle Leech, Associate Professor, Discipline of Radiation Therapy took part in a European policy forum at the European Parliament on January 31st 2019 on equity of access to radiation therapy services for European citizens.  This meeting was hosted by Ms. Lieve Wernicke, MEP and followed on from the publication of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology’s white paper and 5 point action plan on improving access to radiotherapy (

L-r: Dr Joe Browne, Prof Joe Keane, Paul Casey

JS Prichard Award - January, 2019

Dr Lucy Chapman the recipient of the JS Prichard Award 2017-2018 as voted by the final medical year class of that year. The award presented after Grand Rounds in January 2019 consists of a medal and an honorarium. The award is sponsored by Servier Laboratories Ltd and is presented to the best clinical tutor at St James’s Hospital.

Dr Joe Browne accepted the award of behalf of Dr Chapman

L-r: Provost Patrick Prendergast, Prof Mary McCarron, Prof Orla Sheils, CEO Lorcan Thistle, Prof Michael Gill

The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Orla Sheils - 10 January 2019

Professor of Molecular Diagnostics, Orla Sheils and Director of the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute (TTMI) at the School of Medicine delivered her inaugural Trinity lecture recently.


Michelle Leech

International Atomic Energy Agency Collaboration

Michelle Leech Associate Professor, Discipline of Radiation Therapy was a contributor on the recently published International Atomic Energy Agency Human Health Reports No. 16 on Introduction of Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) into Clinical Practice.  The report details the recommended guidelines for IGRT implementation and will be widely utilised by Member states initiating IGRT ( 


HSE Academic Intern working with Prof Catherine Hayes in the Institute of Population Health in Tallaght was a winner at the RAMI Intern Study Day

HSE Academic Intern Martin O'Neill was a winner at the RAMI Intern Study Day for his presentation an online information concerning smoking during pregnancy. The ePresentation can be viewed here.


Provost Patrick Prendergast, Prof Orla Hardiman

Trinity Innovation Awards 2018 - Celebrating Innovative Research - 20 December, 2018

Leading researchers and inventors were acknowledged for their innovative research and entrepreneurship at the Trinity Innovation Awards 2018 special awards ceremony, and Professor of Neurology Orla Hardiman from the School of Medicine was presented with one of the prestigious Societal Impact awards. Read more

Dr Eamon Laird lead a team to show that keeping up vit D levels is a no-brainer as deficiency is linked to neural faults - 18 December 2018





Dr Ross Murphy, Prof Mary McCarron

Dean of Health Sciences Award - 2018

Dr Ross Murphy (Cardiology), received a Dean of Health Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching in Professional Practice 2018.

Remembering Professor Nasir Mahmud - December, 2018

Professor Nasir Mahmud : A gathering was held at St James’s Hospital Endoscopy Unit to remember and pay tribute to Professor Mahmud who died on 18th April 2018. Colleagues from both St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin came together to reflect on his life. A photograph and plaque were unveiled in the Endoscopy Recovery Unit. He is sadly missed and will be remembered fondly

L-r: Dr Paul Claffey, Eleanor Gallagher, Tallula Dunne, Dr Rose-Anne Kenny, Lydia Tan, Sam Grennan, Prof Joe Harbison

Trinity Final Year Medical Students Team won the 2018 Jack Flanagan Medal in Geriatric Medicine - 8 November, 2018

Congratulations to Tallula Dunne, Lydia Tan, Sam Grennan and Eleanor Gallagher final med students who were successfully awarded the Dr Jack Flanagan Medal in Geriatric Medicine after they fought off tough opposition from Ireland’s other medical schools - Twitter

Congratulations to Frédérique Valliéres for being recognised as a Canadian Woman Leader in Global Health - November 2018

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Trinity Med Day - 2 November, 2018

Trinity Med Day would like to thank everyone who supported Med Day this year; we raised an incredible €57,260 for Trinity affiliated hospital projects! We were delighted to present our cheques to our beneficiaries at the BioSoc Inaugural Ball and look forward to seeing the impact this has on our teaching hospitals. 

School of Medicine success with new HRB Applying Research into Policy and Practice (ARPP) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018 programme

The School of Medicine was delighted to congratulate 5 researchers from the school who secured awards under the HRB Applying Research into Policy & Practice Postdoctoral Fellowships (ARPP) 2018 programme. The HRB ARPP is a new programme, and 2018 marked the inaugural launch of the first call. Read more

Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, and Dr Deirdre Connolly, Associate Professor, each awarded a prestigious Provost’s PhD Project Award - 16 October, 2018

Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor, and Dr Deirdre Connolly, Associate Professor, of the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, have each been awarded a highly prestigious Provost’s PhD Project Award. Each award will now fund a 4-year full-time PhD student. Each Provost’s PhD Project Award comprises an annual PhD stipend of €16,000 and full EU/non-EU fees for the successful PhD applicant. The Provost’s PhD Project Awards are generously funded through alumni donations and Trinity’s Commercial Revenue Unit




L-r: Michelle Armstrong (PI), Daniela Zisterer (PI), Joanna Laskowska (PhD student) and Patricia (PhD student) & Neville Cox

Congratulations to the winners of Provosts PhD Project Award Michelle Armstrong (PI), Daniela Zisterer (PI), Joanna Laskowska (PhD student) and Patricia (PhD student) with the Dean of Graduate Studies Professor Neville Cox at a reception in the Provost's House #ProvostPhD




L-r: Sheia Ryder, Sinead Smith, Niamh McMahon,Rebecca Fitzgerald & Ahmed Hassan Ali, Neville Cox

Congratulations to Rebecca Fitzgerald & Ahmed Hassan Ali who won Provost's PhD Project Awards. Here with Dean of Graduate Studies @dngrstd & supervisors @sineadasmith, Niamh McMahon & Sheila Ryder @ the awards reception in Provost's House #ProvostPhD




Dr Eirini Giannoudaki

Milstein Travel Award - October, 2018

Dr Eirini Giannoudaki (Paediatric Immunology Lab) received the Milstein travel award by International Cytokine & Interferon Society. She presented her work at the annual conference in Boston, October 2018.

L-r: Prof Peter Bede, Prof Orla Hardiman, Sally Lydon, Dr Ranga Chipika

Andrew Lydon Scholarship: Four-year scholarship for research into motor neurone disease - 21 September, 2019

On 21 September 2018 Dr Ranga Chipika was awarded the prestigious Andrew Lydon scholarship to pursue her research on motor neuron disease (MND). Dr Chipika is a medical graduate from Trinity working on the characterisation of MND-associated brain changes in the Academic Unit of Neurology under the supervision of Prof Peter Bede. The scholarship was set up in memory of Andrew Lydon, a young computer programmer from Connemara who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2010. The scholarship was awarded to Dr Chipika based on her innovative study design and promising preliminary results. At the award ceremony, Dr Chipika and members of the Academic unit of neurology met Andrew’s wife, children and the representatives of the Andrew Lydon trust to express their gratitude.





Art Exhibit in Trinity Centre for Health Sciences - September, 2018

Four paintings charting one patient’s experience of long-term chronic illness have been on display in the Trinity Centre for Health Science at St James’s Hospital since September 2018.

Researchers at the Centre for Medical Gerontology discover link between excessive belly fat and dementia - 1 August 2018



Dr Sarah Doyle

Health Research Board and Medical Research Charity Group Award

Dr Sarah Doyle (Innate Immune Regulation and Inflammation Lab) is the recipient of the Health Research Board (HRB) and Medical Research Charity Group (MRCG) award to research ‘Elucidation of the role of SARM1 in retinal homeostasis and oxidative stress-induced retinal degeneration’. Dr Doyle’s work is funded by the HRB and the charity, Fighting Blindness.



Dr James Phelan


Dr James Phelan, TB Laboratory Research Scientist, is a recipient of Science Foundation Ireland’s Technology Innovation Development Award to research ‘ Evaluating the immunometabolic potential of desferrioxamine to augment antibiotic treatment against Mycobacterium tuberculosis’.

Trinity College Dublin had 10 Category B applicants to SFI for the award with Dr Phelan the only TCD successful application of the Category B SFI TIDA award.




Dr Sarah Doyle


Dr Sarah Doyle (Innate Immune Regulation and Inflammation Lab), is a recipient of Science Foundation Ireland’s Technology Innovation Development Award to research ‘Investigating the use of IL-36 to reduce oedema and neovascularisation in models of retina degeneration’.

Trinity College Dublin had 29 Category A applicants for the award, 10 of which were successful with Dr Doyle being one of the 10.




Noreen O'Shea

Congratulations to Noreen O’Shea, Practice Tutor for the Discipline of Physiotherapy in St. James’s Hospital, winner of the Dean of Health Sciences Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching in Professional Practice.

Noreen is a leader in teaching and supporting students and clinical educators and was a founding member of the Networking & Educating Students Together (NEST) in SJH.



Syafi Ismail

Congratulations to Syafiq Ismail, member of the Trinity Academic Gastroenterology Research Group (TAGG) and Registrar at Tallaght University Hospital, on winning the 1st Video prize video abstract on the ‘’Endoscopic Balloon Sphincteroplasty: a step by step guide’’ at Irish Society of Gastroenterology Winter Meeting 2018.



Rita Douglas

Congratulations to Rita Douglas, member of the TAGG Research Group on giving her oral presentation titled ‘’Shared angiogenic factors in Intestinal Vascular Disorders’’.


Congratulations to Fionnuala MacMahon and Leah White, who have been awarded The Meath Foundation Prize for 2nd year Medical Students.

They were part of the Research Team who investigated - ‘IBD PATIENTS ARE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP ALL TYPES OF SKIN CANCER POSSIBLY RELATED TO HIGH RATES OF IMMUNOSUPPRESSION; WITH YOUNG PATIENTS PARTICULARLY AT RISK OF MELANOMA’ under the supervision of Prof McNamara (Director of TAGG), Dr Anne-Marie Tobin and Dr Catriona Gallagher.


Occupational therapy students from TCD-SIT One Year Occupational Therapy Degree Programme in Singapore visited Dublin during the first six weeks of Hilary term.

In addition to attending lectures and events at Trinity, they had the opportunity to meet and learn from occupational therapists in the Irish healthcare system which certainly broadened their perspectives and stimulated reflection in occupational therapy practice across different cultures. They also experienced wonderful Irish hospitality. Sláinte!

L-r: Prof Colm Bergin, Sushmita Sidhu, Dr Brieda Boyle, Mary Kelly

Congratulations to Sushmita Sidhu a final year TCD medical student who won the "Design our Logo Competition" that the antimicrobial stewardship team at St James's Hospital ran and her design was chosen.



Discipline of Physiotherapy

Exercise Oncology Research Group awarded research funding

The exercise oncology research group at the Discipline of Physiotherapy has been awarded over €1.5 million in research funding to examine questions related to exercise prescription in patients with cancer. The fund was awarded across four grants to Principle Investigators Professor Juliette Hussey, Dr Emer Guinan and Dr Grainne Sheill. Projects will investigate exercise models in surgical rehabilitation, rehabilitation and advanced cancer, as well as examining translation of research findings into clinical practice. 

Two teams represented TCD’s EMSSI in the 3rd National simwars competition involving all 5 of Ireland’s medical schools.

Teams had to brace through 3 simulation scenarios each, where they were expected to resuscitate and provide emergency care in a simulated scenario. The teams would like to thanks Dr. Karl Kavanagh and Dr. Kevin Brown for the intensive training sessions in St.James’s Hospital. 

Athena SWAN Survey

The Athena SWAN Survey will close on Monday, 18th June 2018 at 7pm and we really need your assistance.

To date, we have a response rate of 40%. While this is very promising, we need to achieve a response rate of at least 60% for the survey to be considered valid and, indeed, to show Athena SWAN that we are serious about equality. 

For those who have responded, we extend our thanks. For those who haven't - please do! Its very quick to complete.

This is a strategically important and is a necessary component to progress this application. A high level of engagement is imperative for the success of the Athena SWAN application