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December 2019


Upcoming Events and News

Season's greeting from Professor Gill

Dear all, as we come to the end of the year and the Christmas period, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and dedication to teaching, learning and research. It has been a busy but exciting term, and I look forward to working with you in the coming year. I would like to wish all our staff, students and associated colleagues a well earned and joyous holiday and to wish you health, happiness and every success in the coming New Year.


SPHeRE Conference 25 February 2020

SPHeRE Network 6th Annual Conference, Data to Policy, 25 February 2020 in RCSI. This SPHeRE Network 6th Annual Conference creates a space for dialogue between all interested stakeholders in the field of Population and Health Services Research throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and showcases existing studies which will be of interest to Irish policymakers and practitioners. The theme of the SPHeRE Network 6th Annual Conference is “Data to Policy”. Considering this, the specific role of population health research and health services research in evaluating the impact of data on policy and practice will be discussed. Confirmed keynote speakers are Prof Mary Dixon-Woods, De Lorelei Jones and Prof Cathal Walsh. More information click on the Sphere website.


Dr Suzanne O'Sullivan

Inaugural Lecture 7th February 2020

The Inaugural Lecture will be taking place on the 7th of February, 2020 in the J.M Synge Theatre, TCD. This year, we are delighted to welcome renowned neurologist and author, Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan to deliver the Inaugural Lecture entitled: 'The Social Life of Illness'. Dr. O'Sullivan's book 'It's All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness', won the Welcome Book Prize 2016. The Inaugural Lecture will be followed by the academic prize-giving ceremony with a reception to follow. 



Medicine Through the Arts - 24th January 2020

The annual 'Medicine Through the Arts' competition will be taking place on the 24th of January, 2020 at the RHA Gallery. This event showcases the formidable and varied artistic talents of Trinity's medical students. Entries will be judged by an esteemed panel, with the winner receiving a lucrative cash prize. This year, we will be introducing a 'People's Prize', where those in attendance will vote for their favourite piece, with the winner receiving a Trinity Ball ticket.

Closing date for submissions is the 6th of January. You must email a description of your piece to

Further information on their facebook page



The Trinity Feds take on the Mater in the final of the 2019 Hospital's Cup this Friday 20 December at 7pm Old Belvedere RFC.

After an unbeaten season for both sides. All support on the night from SJH, TUH & Trinity communities will be hugely appreciated Refreshments to follow in the clubhouse



Recent News and Events

Professor Rose Anne Kenny

Congratulations to Prof Rose Anne Kenny on receiving the life achievement award for research at the World Congress of Falls and Postural Stability in Kuala Lumpar.


Research grants secured for advancing the research on biomarkers for Motor Neuron Disease

The Neurophysiology and Neural Signal Analysis Research Strand in the Motor Neuron Research Group (NeuroMotor), have secured several research grants for advancing the research on biomarkers for Motor Neuron Disease (MND). Dr Bahman Nasseroleslami (the Fr Tony Coote Assistant Professor in Neuroelectric Signal Analysis in MND) who leads the research strand, and Professor Orla Hardiman (the Head of the Academic Unit of Neurology) have been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALSA) read on...



HSR project to map out Parkinson’s disease needs and services in Ireland

A Health Services Research (HSR) project to map out Parkinson’s disease needs and services in Ireland in which Dr Geraldine Foley, Assistant Professor (Discipline of Occupational Therapy) is a co-investigator, has been awarded funding by the HRB. The primary investigator (PI) is Dr Suzanne Timmons (UCC). Co-investigators include UCC, TCD, RCSI, Dublin Neurological Institute, and Parkinson’s Association Ireland.


Dr Fiona Wilson, Head of the Discipline of Physiotherapy

Appointment to World Rowing Sports Medicine Commission

Dr Fiona Wilson, Associate Professor and newly appointed head of the Discipline of Physiotherapy has recently been appointed to the Medical Commission of FISA. FISA is the international body for World Rowing, representing over 150 national rowing federations. She is the only physiotherapist member of this commission and is the first non-medical doctor appointment in the history of the commission. This is in recognition of the work she did as lead physiotherapist with Rowing Ireland for 10 years, and more recently her research in rowing injuries. She is leading an international expert group to produce a care guideline for rowing low back pain.


2nd Annual Practice Education Awards, BSc. Nutrition & Dietetics are now open

These programme specific awards are student-nominated and recognise the contribution of HSE Dietetic staff who train and support students on placement. In 2020, we are introducing an ‘Early Career Award in Practice Education’. Check back in the new year for live link.


SPHeRE seminar 3 December 2019

SPHeRE Public Winter Seminar: Dr Paula Byrne, NUIG SPHeRE Alum and Health Services Researcher in Health Technology Assessment, HIQA, gave a public lunchtime talk, “Statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease: an example of overuse and low-value care?”, on the 3rd of December in Foster Place, Trinity College Dublin.



Inaugural European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology Radiation Therapist Workshops

The inaugural European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology Radiation Therapist workshops were held in Budapest, Hungary in early November. The Discipline of Radiation Therapy was well represented at this event with Adjunct Professor Mary Coffey, co-leading the workshop on ‘Future proofing the RTT profession’ and Associate Professor Michelle Leech co-ordinating all three workshops which focused on how artificial intelligence will assist and change the Radiation Therapist profession in the near future.


Dr James O'Mahony

Dr James O'Mahony of the TCD Centre for Health Policy and Management was recently appointed to the National Screening Advisory Committee (NSAC).

The committee was convened on the recommendation of Dr Gabriel Scally following his investigation of the recent CervicalCheck controversy. NSAC held its first session on November 18th 2019 and will meet quarterly to advise the Minister for Health on changes to screening services in Ireland. Dr O'Mahony's appointment to the committee is in his capacity as a health economist. He has published research on the cost-effectiveness of cancer screening services, including cervical and colorectal cancer screening. He has a research interest in the extent to which cost-effectiveness evidence influences policy makers. Dr O'Mahony hopes his appointment will help strengthen the use health economic evidence in enhancing screening services in Ireland.

Dr Sara Burke & Thuy Dung Nguyen

Research projecting long-term nursing home care requirements debunks the ageing time bomb

Dr Sara Burke and researcher Thuy Dung Nguyen gave a key note address to the Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) Annual Conference 2019 on 14 November 2019 in City West Hotel. They presented findings from research they carried out earlier in 2019 for Nursing Homes Ireland. The NHI conference was opened by Minister Simon Harris. The research entitled ‘Assessing current and future requirements for long -term nursing home care for people over 65 years of age in Ireland’ finds that the number of long term nursing home care residents over 65 years will increase from 22,200 in 2019, representing 3.2% of the older Irish population to about 30,500 people in 2031, representing 3.05%. These projections are lower than previous projections utilising a model which takes into account healthy ageing. Their key findings include that ageing is not a time bomb and can be moderated by effective public policy measures.

Paediatric Bioethics and Law Masterclass

Congratulations to Katie Valentine and Rachel Coomey, Year 3 Medical Students TCD who took 2nd place in the case presentation competition at the Paediatric Bioethics and Law Masterclass, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, 9th November 2019.

Thank you to Dr Fionnuala Gough, Medical Ethics for all her support on the day.

An Inter-Professional Case Study

The NEST (Networking & Educating Students Together) Group in St James’s Hospital facilitate an inter-professional case study of real patients twice a year for all healthcare students in the hospital. On the 5th of November, thirty-seven students from seven professions participated in an IPL case study learning experience. Professions contributing included Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Social Work, Laboratory Science and Clinical Nutrition. Students or educators interested in participating in future cases in St. James’s Hospital should email



Dr Lorna Roe

A new HRB funded study led by Dr Lorna Roe, a Trinity College Dublin researcher, will explore the care of older adults living with frailty and cognitive impairment for the first time.

It's widely acknowledged that services and supports are inadequate, and the needs of older adults are poorly understood. The study "The Frail Brain and the Frail Body: Impact of FRAILty and COGnitive impairment on trajectories, patterns and costs in care in old age (FRAIL-COG)" will use data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) to examine the health trajectories of older adults living with concurrent frailty and cognitive impairment, and model how these trajectories determine the use and cost of health and social care; hours of informal care provided and the degree of functional decline. FRAIL-COG will provide valuable insights into the complex needs of older adults and identify gaps in service provision. The Health Service Executive (HSE) are knowledge partners in this project, ensuring a clear route for dissemination which will inform future service planning. To find out more about this project, please email Dr Roe:


New research funded by the Irish Cancer Society has found that men who are on statins may have a reduced risk of developing a more lethal form of prostate cancer.

In a paper published yesterday in Clinical Cancer Research, Allott and colleagues at Trinity College Dublin and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center present results from a large prospective study of US male health professionals showing a 24% reduced risk of lethal prostate cancer in statin users. Substantially lower risk of poor-prognosis PTEN-null tumours in statin users, and altered immune/inflammatory gene expression in the tumour-adjacent normal prostate tissue of statin users, provide potential explanations for this finding and could inform selection of relevant biomarkers for future statin clinical trials.


L-r: Sofia Hodalova & Sorcha Feehan

Inclusion Health Service St James’ Hospital: Physiotherapy students shortlisted for Student Project of the Year - Irish HealthCare Awards

The Inclusion Health Service at St James’s Hospital is one of the first of its kind in the world. A multidisciplinary servicelead by Dr. Clíona Ní Cheallaighthat recognises the complex medical and psychosocial needs of patients. The service aims to combat health inequalities experienced by the homeless and other marginalised communities. Read on...


Operation ChildLife

'Operation ChildLife, the Irish registered childrens medical charity returned to Childrens Hospital No2 and Childrens City Hospital, Ho Chi Min City (HCMC) in November 2019. The team was made up of medical staff from Ours Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, St James Hospital Dublin, RCSI, Bahrain and Bari, Italy working with local Vietnamese medical and nursing staff. Read on...

Congratulations to Emma Leacy, PhD student who is the recipient of a Bursary from the UK Charity, Vasculitis.

Emma is conducting her research under the supervision of Professor Mark Little and Dr Gareth Brady, Clinical Medicine, St James’s Hospital Campus.


L-r Seónadh O’Leary (TCD), Eamonn Gormley (UCD), Clíona Ní Cheallaigh (TCD/SJH), Mary O’Meara (HSE), Lorraine Dolan (SJH) and Anne Marie McLaughlin (TCD/SJH)

Let’s talk about Tuberculosis

A successful public information evening was recently hosted by the TCD/SJH TB team to raise awareness of TB and our ongoing health research. There were talks from the panel of speakers covering a brief history of TB, clinical signs and treatment, the patient journey, bridging the clinic and research, effect of smoking on the lung immune response and public health medicine in TB control. This was followed by a vibrant Q & A session with the panel and the audience, providing great discussion.


Sara Burke and Bridget Johnson speak at event hosted by Sláintecare Implementation Office and the Health Reform Alliance

A town hall stakeholder engagement for the community and voluntary sector was hosted in the Department of Health on 16 October. Minster Simon Harris addressed the event and Dr Sara Burke gave the key note address on the opportunities of Sláintecare. Dr Bridget Johnson participated in a Q&A session with Laura Magahy, Executive Director of the Sláintecare Implementation Office and Grainne Healy who is leading on Sláintecare stakeholder engagement.



Vitamin D deficiency and poor muscle function in the over-60s

Assoc. Professor Maria O’Sullivan, Dr Eamon Laird and team, showed that vitamin D deficiency is common in older adults and is a risk factor for poor muscle function. The team’s two recent papers are here:



Dr Paul Claffey and Final Med Team

Congratulations to the Trinity College Dublin, Final Med Team who came 1st in the Dr. Jack Flanagan Inter-Collegiate Clinical Prize.

7 medical schools from around the country took part in a very difficult competition and the winning Trinity Team were: Claudine Howard James, Shriya Varghese, Anna Coulter
Max Waterstone. Thanks also goes to the Lecturers led by Dr. Paul Claffey, Assistant Professor in Medical Gerontology.


Prof Joe Keane

A celebration of 100 years of Microbiology: The centenary of Adrian Stokes’ appointment.

A conference celebrating 100 years since the appointment of the first Trinity Professor of Microbiology, Adrian Stokes, was held on October 24th and 25th 2019

Profs Keane and Rogers, School of Medicine, gave exceptional talks on TB and Aspergillus, respectively.

Dr Anne-Marie Baird

Pharmaceutical Managers’ Institute of Ireland Educational Forum

Dr Anne-Marie Baird is an active lung cancer advocate. In October, she presented at the Pharmaceutical Managers’ Institute of Ireland Educational Forum – presenting the patient reality on the issue of equity of drug access. She also held the 4th Donegal Shines a Light on Lung Cancer event, which has raised over 11,000 euro in the past 4 years for lung cancer awareness and research. Earlier this month, Anne-Marie spoke at the EU parliament in Brussels as part of the launch of Lung Cancer Europe (LuCE)’s research on early diagnosis and lung cancer screening. Anne-Marie was elected a board member of LuCE in April 2018. The event was hosted by Frances Fitzgerald MEP. Well done Anne-Marie!

Prof Des O'Neill

An innovative humanities and ageing programme

This was led by Prof Des O'Neill, TUH Medical Gerontology, in Austin, Texas, focussing on late-life creativity as well as the links between ageing and museums at the 2019 annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in conjunction with the Blanton Museum of Art

XXIX Waterford Surgical October Meeting

Prof Des O'Neill, was invited to be the first physician to give the keynote Gordon Watson lecture for the XXIX Waterford Surgical October Meeting which focussed on the surgical care of older people on Oct 12 2019 read on

Anurag Nasa and Rochelle Dowding

Success at 'Student Research Medal and Awards' - Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland

Congratulations to Anurag Nasa 3rd Med Student and Rochelle Dowding 4th Med Student for success at the 'Student Research Medal and Awards' hosted by the student section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

Anurag Nasa was awarded first prize for his oral presentation (student research medal) and Rochelle Dowding was awarded the first prize for her poster presentation.

Hospital Saturday Fund 

The Hospital Saturday Fund presented a cheque to the School of Medicine supporting Medical Electives on 7th Oct 2019.

Rita Douglas

United European Gastroenterology Week 2019

Congratulations to our TAGG Researcher – Rita Douglas on presenting her research on ‘’ High Incidence of H. pylori resistance in an Irish Centre which negatively Impacts treatment’’ also for her 'Shared Angiogenic Drivers of Intestinal Vascular Disorders' which was recognised as one of the 'Posters of Excellence' at the United European Gastroenterology Week 2019 held in Barcelona. Further information can be found at  


Rebecca Fitzgerald

United European Gastroenterology Week 2019

Congratulations to our TAGG colleague – Rebecca Fitzgerald who gave an oral presentation of her award winning research on ‘’Helicobacter pylori Infection Inhibits Notch Signalling in Gastric Epithelial Cells and the Gastric Mucosa’’ at United European Gastroenterology Week 2019 held in Barcelona. Further information can be found at

Rita Douglas and Rebecca Fitzgerald

Travel Grant Award

Congratulations to our highly esteemed TAGG scientists – Rita Douglas and Rebecca Fitzgerald on receiving a Travel Grant Award from the United European Gastroenterology Committee for presenting their outstanding scientific research. Further information can be found at

Rebecca Fizgerald

National Scholar Award

Congratulations to a member of the TAGG Research group – Rebecca Fitzgerald who was awarded a National Scholar Award at United European Gastroenterology Week 2019 held in Barcelona. Further information can be found at




Fiona O'Riordan

United European Gastroenterology Week 2019

Congratulations to our TAGG colleague – Fiona O’ Riordan on presenting her research on 'Should Sessile Serrated Polyps have Separate Surveillance' at United European Gastroenterology Week 2019 held in Barcelona. Further information can be found at

Fiona O'Riordan

United European Gastroenterology Week 2019

Congratulations to our TAGG colleague – Fiona O’ Riordan on presenting her research on ‘’High-Risk Factors for Gastric Retention in Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy. A Single Centre Retrospective Study’’ at United European Gastroenterology Week 2019 held in Barcelona. Further information can be found at





World Health Organisation Workshop

Assistant Professor Maeve Kearney attended on behalf of the Discipline of Radiation Therapy a Stakeholder Workshop on the ‘Ethical Aspects of Radiation Protection in Health Care’ at the WHO headquarter in Geneva this September. This workshop allowed key stakeholders in the field to discuss ethical issues in the medical use of ionising radiation. Stakeholders had the opportunity to discuss and provide contributions to both the upcoming ICRP Task Group 109 report on Ethics in Radiological Protection for Medical Diagnosis and Treatment and the WHO guidance document on ethical considerations in the use of radiation in health care. At this workshop, Maeve highlighted the under use of radiation therapy as a treatment modality in cancer and the lack of access to radiation therapy facilities worldwide. She also spoke of the future role of AI in radiation therapy and how this technology can facilitate but not replace the role of RTTs in the treatment process. The finalised reports will be available in early 2020.



The European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) Positioning and Immobilisation for Radiation Therapy Course
The European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) blended learning course on Positioning and Immobilisation for Radiation Therapy was held during Sept and Oct with Laura Mullaney, from the Discipline of Radiation Therapy as the course director. This course aims to provide European radiation therapists with the theory and practical skills to effectively position and immobilise patients for a variety of different radiation therapy techniques. The course faculty was made up of a multi-disciplinary team that provided online content, live webinars and face-to-face practical skills workshops to participants over a four week period.


Catriona Gallagher

A cup prize at the Irish Dermatology Awards

Congratulations to Catriona Gallagher, former Lecturer in Clinical Medicine (TCD), Dermatology Research Registrar at TUH and a member of the TAGG research group of Prof McNamara in the School of Medicine, who received a cup prize at the Irish Dermatology Awards, on her research titled 'Paradoxical Psoriasis in IBD patients on anti-TNF alpha therapy'. Further information can be found at


Dr Annemarie Baird

Congratulations to Dr Anne-Marie Baird, who was chosen as the Chair of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Communications Committee (2019-2021) at the recent World Conference on Lung Cancer in Barcelona.

The IASLC is the only global network dedicated to the study and eradication of lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies.


Dr Aine Kelly and Provost Patrick Prendergast

Congratulations to Dr Aine Kelly, Associate Professor in Physiology, who has been elected President of Neuroscience Ireland.

Ireland’s national neuroscience society, and will serve in the role for 2 years.



Dr Annemarie Baird

Young Microbiologist of the Year

Naoise McGarry,  from the Discipline of Clinical Microbiology, was a selected finalist for the “Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition” at the Law Society London on September 11. Naoise was selected, on the basis of an excellent poster, from a pool of 400 presentations at the Microbiology Conference in Belfast in April 2019. This is all the more impressive considering that Naoise is just beginning year 2 of her PhD (under the supervision of Prof Stephen Smith)



L:R: Dr. Bahman Nasseroleslami (JS coordinator); Dr. Neil Docherty (Past Director); Dr. Jean Fletcher (SF coordinator); Dr. Eric Downer (Director/SS coordinator); Dr. Sarah Doyle (JF coordinator)

Human Health & Disease BSc

10 Year Anniversary
This year represents the 10-year anniversary of the Human Health & Disease BSc. The BSc is a 4-year programme of multidisciplinary study and training in basic and applied biomedical science provided by the School of Medicine in partnership with the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and collaborators from across Trinity College Dublin and beyond. To mark the anniversary a reception was held in Regent House on 26th Sept 2019, with presentations from graduates Hannah Prendeville and David O’Driscoll, Bursar Prof. Veronica Campbell and Programme Director Dr. Eric Downer.


Prof Mark W.J. Ferguson

Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland delivers guest lecture, as new TCD and Heath Innovation Hub Ireland Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation begins

The first students of HIHI and Trinity College Dublin’s new Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation gathered in late September for their first lectures. Guest lectures that weekend were delivered by Conor Hanley, CEO Fire1 and Irish Medtech Association Chair and Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland. Course Director and HIHI Principal Investigator Prof Seamas Donnelly welcomed the students saying:

“You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of embedding an innovative health culture within your system. You will gain insights into global thinking on creative and practical implementation, of new ventures in healthcare."

“As places are mixed – both HSE and open – you will be part of a year-on-year growing cohort of connected and networked, innovation ambassadors in Irish health."




Anurag Nasa, 3rd Med Student

First Prize - Young European Scientist

Anurag Nasa, a third year medical student, was awarded first prize at the plenary session of the 14th Young European Scientist Meeting for his oral presentation titled 'The Human Ventral Amygdalofugal Pathway: A Virtual Game of Hide and Seek'.  This meeting was held at Centro de Investigação Médica da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto (CIM-FMUP) in Porto, Portugal and this award was presented on the 15th of September 2019


L-R: John-Mark Fitzpatrick (PhD), Dr. Sonia Pereira (post-doc), Dr. Johana Tello Velasquez (post-doc), Sarah Duggan (RA), Becky Hackett (PhD), Dr. Eric Downer


Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Award and Provosts Project Award
Dr. Eric Downer (Dept. Physiology; Translational Neuroimmunology Lab at TBSI) is the recipient of both an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Award and Provosts Project Award to continue tostudy the therapeutic potential of cannabis-based compounds in human diseases via patient-orientated research.



Dr Cliona Ní Cheallaigh

Dr Cliona Ní Cheallaigh recipient of Sláintecare Integration Fund Award

Associate Professor Cliona Ní Cheallaigh, from the Department of Clinical Medicine at the St James's Hospital Campus, is a consultant in general medicine and infectious diseases. Read on...





Prof Maeve Lowery

Professor Maeve Lowery recipient of award from Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (UK)

Professor Maeve Lowery, Trinity’s recently appointed Professor of Translational Cancer Medicine, is the recipient of a recent award from the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (UK) which will fund her research over the coming three years into the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer. Read on...




Dr Sarah Doyle

Dr Sarah Doyle recipient of Milstein Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Doyle, who was recently awarded a 2019 International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS) Milstein Young Investigator Award for her project "Interleukin-18 alters cellular organization in choroidal neovascular lesions". Every year through the philanthropic donations of the Milstein family, the ICIS awards young investigators who have made a major contribution to interferon and cytokine research early in their career.




School of Medicine

Study by Dr Niamh Aspell, Dr Eamonn Laird and Associate Professor in Nutrition at Trinity College, Maria O’Sullivan find that over a quarter of adults over 50 deficient in Vitamin D

Over a quarter of adults aged 50+ are deficient in vitamin D according researchers from Trinity College Dublin who announced their findings today (Thursday, June 13th). Over half (57%) had inadequate serum vitamin D levels, of which 26% were classed as vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D has a known role in bone health, with growing evidence for beneficial effects on muscle strength and other non-skeletal outcomes. The study was recently published in the international, peer-reviewed journal Nutrients.

Read on...




Dr Sara Burke, Centre for Health Policy and Management, was awarded a new Health Research Board funded project that will help guide the design and roll-out of the new Regional Integrated Care Areas (RICAs) announced by Minister Simon Harris in July 2019

Awarded under the Applied Partnership Award programme this project will actively support the work of the Sláintecare implementation office who, along with the Health Service Executive, are partners in the project. The project is structured around a co-design approach that will actively feed international and national, theory, knowledge and experience into the policy implementation process. More information on this project can be found here.




School of Medicine

Congratulations to Dr Sharee Basdeo recipient of the Health Research Board Emerging Investigator Award.

Sharee Basdeo - Clinical Medicine, St James's Hospital

Dr Sharee Basdeo is an immunologist based in the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute at St James's Hospital. Her research studies our immune system with the aim of informing the development of new therapies to advance healthcare in Ireland, and across the world. Her particular interest is in the immune response to the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes the disease Tuberculosis (TB). Read on...



Dr Catherine Darker and Dr Sarah Moran Dr Sarah Moran receives the post-graduate travelling scholarship in Medicine and Surgery
Congratulations to Dr Sarah Moran who was awarded the Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship in Medicine & Surgery. This award encourages younger graduates to undertake further work in specialised aspects of medicine & surgery including the acquisition of modern techniques & research.




Prof Alan Irvine

Professor Alan Irvine elected as member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA)

The Academy has been honouring Ireland's leading contributors to the world of learning since its establishment in 1785 and to be admitted as a member is deemed to be the highest academic honour in Ireland.


Alan Irvine is Professor of Dermatology in Department of Clinical Medicine at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin and St James's Hospital.


Microbiology Society

Chair of Microbiology Society

Prof Stephen Smith, Clinical Microbiology, has been selected as Chair of Microbiology Society’s conference committee. Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools.





Postgraduate Career Seminar

Great Success in the Postgraduate Business & Industry Scientific Career Seminar on 22nd May 2019, Durkan Lecture Theatre, TTMI. A big thank you to all the speakers on behalf of M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine and appreciation for your support every year


Lord Mayor of Dublin and Shubhangi Karmakar

Woman of the Year humanitarian and philanthropic accolades for Intercalated MSc. student, Shubhangi Karmakar

Shubhangi Karmakar, from the Intercalated MSc. Molecular Medicine programme, was awarded a prestigious nomination of Women of The Year for International Women's Day 2019, by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring at a hosted event in Mansion House on the 25th March, among other stellar candidates like Kate O'Connell TD. Read on...

Radiation Therapy students from TCD-SIT One Year Radiation Therapy Degree Programme Graduation

Claire Poole, Director of the  TCD- SIT one year  programme would like to congratulate  all graduates from the programme every success in their future careers. She was delighted to attend their recent graduation in Singapore to give the  Donal Hollywood Medal prize to Ms. On Chin Leng who received the highest  overall mark in  her final year research thesis.

Launch of the Treatment Planning Strand MSc Radiation Therapy
The Discipline of Radiation Therapy is delighted to announce the launch of our Treatment Planning strand of our online Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma/ M.Sc Advance Radiation Therapy courses. The first students will commence this course in September 2020. Read on...



11th edition of the joint International Atomic Energy Agency/European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology Train the Radiation Therapist (RTT) Trainers programme
Michelle Leech, Associate Professor and Mary Coffey, Adjunct Associate Professor, Discipline of Radiation Therapy, completed the 11th edition of the joint International Atomic Energy Agency/European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology Train the Radiation Therapist (RTT) Trainers programme in October in Vienna, Austria.  Participants came from 11 eastern European countries and in the past two years, have had success in raising the educational standards of RTTs in their countries, hence improving cancer patient care.


Ms Michelle Leech

EIT Health Grant Radiation Therapy
Congratulations to Associate Professor Michelle Leech and Assistant Professor Claire Poole on their recent EIT Health grant for the project E-PRO: Empowering European Patients in Radiation Oncology.