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TTMI Conference 2018



23rd March 2018 (9am - 5pm)

Durkan Lecture Theatre, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James's Hospital

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Programme: Friday 23rd March 2018 (9am -5pm), Durkan Lecture Theatre, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute
09.00 WELCOME  



Co-Chairs: Prof. Mary Horgan, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland & Prof. Rachel McLoughlin, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, TCD

Dr. Cliona Ni Cheallaigh
Senior Lecturer/Consultant, Centre for Medical Gerontology, St. James’s Hospital & TCD.
Inflammageing: Clinical Perspectives

09.45   Dr. Cara Martin
Asst. Prof. in Molecular Pathology and Tumour Biology, Department of Pathology, the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital & TCD
Molecular Biomarker Approaches to Cervical Cancer Screening for Improved Outcomes

Dr. Henry Windle
Asst. Prof. in Molecular Medicine (Clinical Medicine), TCD
Oncogenic bacteria and their extracellular vesicles




Chair: Prof. David MacHugh, UCD Conway

Dr. Tom Ryan
Consultant in Intensive Care and Anesthesia, St James’s Hospital
Immunosuppression in sepsis
10.45 BREAK

11.00   Prof. Joseph Keane
Prof. in Respiratory Medicine, Clinical Medicine St. James’s Hospital and TCD
Training Macrophages when vaccines fail



Chair: Prof. Aiden Corvin, Prof. Consultant/Head of Discipline (Psychiatry), Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, TCD

Dr. Sean Ennis
Lecturer at the School of Medicine & Medical Sciences at UCD, Investigator with the National Centre for Medical Genetics and National Children’s Research Centre. Director of the UCD Academic Centre of Rare Diseases (ACoRD)
Irish genome initiative
12.00   Dr. Elaine Kenny
Director of TrinSeq, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, TCD
The impact and promise of genomics in the TTMI setting, harnessing the power of research for translation


Chair: Prof. Orla Sheils, Prof. of Molecular Diagnostics, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, TCD

Post-Doctoral Research blitz
13.15 LUNCH - Networking  



Chair: Prof. Tom Rogers, Chair in Clinical Microbiology/Head of, Clinical Microbiology

Assoc. Prof. Maziar Divangahi
Assoc. Director, Meakins-Christie Laboratories Assoc. Director, Program for Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases RI-MUHC, Centre for Translational Biology McGill University
Reprogramming Stem Cells for Vaccine against TB

14.45   Dr. Simone Günther
General manager EMC2; Business Consultant & Executive Coach
‘‘Lost in Translation” – how Gender-, Leadership- & Body-Language can lead from diversity to profit



Chair: Dr. Stephen Smith, Associate Professor Dept. of Clinical Microbiology, TCD

Post-Graduate Research blitz


Chair: Prof. Mark Little, Professor/Consultant of Nephrology, TCD

Prof. Ulrich Schaible,
Director of the Priority Area Infections of the Research Centre Borstel, Head of the research group Cellular Microbiology, and Professor of Biochemical Microbiology and Immunochemistry of the University Lübeck
Host-pathogen interaction in Tuberculosis to identify targets for host directed therapy

16.40   Awards Presentation


General Information

Getting Here:


Car Parking

Parking in the hospital grounds is extremely limited. The following link facilitates an oversight of parking facilities within the hospital: click here

Dublin Bus Transport

The Trinity Translational Medicine Institute within the grounds of St. James’s Hospital is serviced by a number of bus routes from Dublin city centre:

  • Bus Route No. 123 travels through the hospital grounds and stops midway as indicated in the map (PDF 293 kB). 
  • Bus Route No. 40 & 13 stop at the hospital entrance on James’s Street as highlighted in the map (PDF 293 kB).


Please note that Dublin Bus accepts exact change only for payment of Fares in cash.
Alternatively you can buy a Leap Card or Bus Passes, for more details visit  or call +353 (0)1 873 4222 for more information on local Dublin Bus routes.


The Luas provides fast, safe and reliable transfers from Dublin City Centre to the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute within the grounds of St. James’s Hospital via the Red Line. This line also serves Heuston and Connolly Stations.

Luas Stop: James’s Stop – see map (PDF 293 kB).

Tram Times:

Monday – Friday: 5.40 am to 11.50 pm Saturday: 6.40 am to 11.50 pm Sunday & Bank Holidays: 7.10 am to 10.50 pm.

Tram Frequency:

Peak Times: Every 9 – 10 minutes
Off-Peak Times: Every 10 – 15 minutes

For full service details please visit

Train Services

Dublin is served by two main railway stations: Connolly Station and Heuston Stations. It is recommend that you take the Luas red line from these stations in the direction of ‘Tallaght’ or ‘Saggart’ to the James’s Luas stop – see map (PDF 293 kB)
For more information visit; and refer to the ‘Luas’ section for further details on the service provided.


The hospital main concourse, discharge lounge area and Emergency Department have courtesy phones to facilitate calling local taxis. This services is available on a 24/7 basis with no call out charge.

Dublin Bike

There are 40 Dublin Bikes stations distributed throughout the city centre to enable easy access and optimal use. Located in close proximity to each other, every station has a minimum of 15 stands in place.
One station is located in the Hospital Grounds as indicated on the map (PDF 293 kB)

For a list of bike stations and information on subscriptions click here.


Trinity Translational Medicine Institute,
Trinity Centre for Health Sciences,
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin,
St. James’s Hospital,
Dublin 8,
T: +353 1 896 3268

Online registration is now closed.

We will facilitate limited registration on the morning of the event.