MMI Education & Training Annual Scientific Meeting 2015

Over 110 people gathered in the Science Gallery, Dublin on 24 March 2015 for presentations from MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars, MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Alumni and the wider research community. Areas covered included innovative research in cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, hepatitis C infection, lung disease, diabetes complications, perinatal disease, and central nervous system disorders. Keynote Addresses were from Professor Chris Chamberlain (UCB Pharma) and Professor Sir Gordon Duff (St Hilda's College, Oxford).

From l to r: MMI Scholars, Staff & Poster Presenters at MMI Annual Scientific Meeting 2015; Edel McGarry (NUI Galway) presented with MMI Medal for best oral presentation by Prof Catherine Godson (UCD) and Prof Sir Gordon Duff (St Hilda's College, Oxford)

The Chairman of Molecular Medicine Ireland, Thomas Lynch, opened the Meeting which comprised oral research presentations by CTRSP Scholars and Keynote Addresses from Professor Chris Chamberlain (UCB Pharma) and Professor Sir Gordon Duff (St Hilda's College, Oxford).

MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Alumni, Dr Fergus McCarthy (St Thomas' Hospital) and Dr Sanjay Chotirmall (Imperial College London/Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore) presented their research and updated the audience on their career progression.

There were also opportunities to view research posters submitted by MMI CTRSP Scholars. Additional posters were presented by the wider community pursuing clinical & translational research.

From l to r:  Prof Catherine Godson (UCD) and Prof Sir Gordon Duff (St Hilda's College, Oxford) present Andrew Selfridge (UCD) with best poster from wider academic community; Prof Chris Chamberlain (UCB Pharma); CTRSP Scholar Lauren MacDonagh (TCD) wins best CTRSP poster

MMI CTRSP Scholar, Edel McGarry (NUI Galway) was awarded the MMI Medal for her presentation 'Identification of a Novel Ubiquitin Specific Peptidase Involved in Maintaining Genomic Stability’. Lauren MacDonagh (TCD) was awarded the prize for best poster from a CTRSP Scholar for her presentation entitled 'Inhibition of the cancer stem cell marker, ALDH1, re-sensitises cisplatin resistant NSCLC cells to cisplatin-induced apoptosis’.

Two prizes were awarded to posters presenters from the wider research community. Best poster went to Andrew Selfridge (UCD) for his presentation 'Suppression of hypoxia-induced HIF stabilisation by hypercapnia’. Runner up poster went to Conor Kerley (UCD) for his presentation 'Novel clinical aspects of dietary nitrate: potential effects on human cardiorespiratory disorders’.

MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Alumni, Dr Fergus McCarthy (St Thomas’ Hospital, London) and Dr Sanjay Chotirmall (Imperial College London/Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore) presented their research and updated the audience on their career progression.

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From l to r: Dr Sanjay Chotirmall (Imperial College London/ Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore); Meeting Attendees;
CTRSP Scholar Maire Fitzgibbons (NUI Galway) with Prof Joe Keane (TCD) & Dr Arun Kumar (UCD)

MMI Education & Training Annual Scientific Meeting 2014

Over 115 people attended the Annual Scientific Meeting on 12 March 2014. Presentations from MMI Scholars and Fellowship Alumni and the wider research community, alongside Keynote Addresses from Dr Willard Dere (Senior Vice-President and International Chief Medical Officer, Amgen) and Professor John Iredale (Professor of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research), made for a stimulating day.

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MMI Scholars, Staff & Session Chairs at the MMI Education & Training Annual Scientific Meeting 2014

MMI CEO, Dr Graham Love, opened the meeting which comprised oral research presentations by CTRSP Scholars and Keynote Addresses from Dr Willard Dere (Senior Vice-President and International Chief Medical Officer, Amgen) and Professor John Iredale (Professor of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research).

From l to r: Meeting Attendees; Dr Damian McCartan (St Vincents University Hospital); Prof Anita Maguire (UCC), Dr Will Dere (Amgen); Prof John Iredale (University of Edinburgh), Dr Mark Watson (MMI)

MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Alumni Dr Damian McCartan (St Vincents University Hospital, Dublin) and Dr Jane McGrath (St James's Hospital, Dublin)  presented their research and updated the audience on their career progression.

There were also opportunities to view research posters submitted by MMI CTRSP Scholars. Additional posters were presented by the wider community pursuing clinical & translational research.

l to r: Prof Larry Egan and Poster Presenters; Dr Jane McGrath (St James's Hospital)

 

MMI CTRSP Scholar Eanna Connaughton, based in NUI Galway, was awarded the MMI Medal for his oral presentation ‘Phenotypic, Functional and Molecular Analysis of Novel Human Monocyte Subpopulations’. Karen Hanrahan (UCD) was awarded the prize for best CTRSP research poster for her presentation ‘Investigating the Role of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Differential Apoptotic Susceptibility in Advanced Docetaxel-Resistant Prostate Cancer’. 


Dr Emily Kieran (UCD) was awarded the prize in the category 'posters from the wider community pursuing clinical & translational research' for her presentation 'A Randomised Trial of Estimating Umbilical Catheter Insertion Depth in Newborns Using Birth Weight or Surface Measurements: The WorM Trial’.

MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Alumni Dr Damian McCartan (St Vincents University Hospital, Dublin) and Dr Jane McGrath (St James's Hospital, Dublin)  presented their research and updated the audience on their post-PhD careers.

l to r: Prof John Iredale during his keynote address; Prof Egan & Dr Watson awarding the MMI Medal for best oral presentation to Eanna Connaughton

Meeting participants also had opportunities to see the online SkillsLog that captures transferable skills identified by MMI PhD students and enables them to share their progress with mentors who advise on career development. Video presentations also showcased the E-Learning developed by MMI with the academic research community, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, the Irish Medicines Board and patients.

The schedule of the meeting is available here 

The meeting handbook can be downloaded here

 

MMI Education & Training Annual Scientific Meeting 2013

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On 14 March 2013, the Annual Scientific Meeting for MMI Clinician Scientist Fellows was held in conjunction with the first Scientific Meeting of the MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP), the new PRTLI5-funded structured PhD.

The meeting was opened by Professor Laurence Egan (Chair of Clinical Pharmacology and Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, NUI Galway, and Lead PI for the MMI CTRSP), and featured research talks from CTRSP Scholars and a keynote address by Professor Patrick Johnston (Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast).

MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Alumni Dr Aonghus O’Loughlin (St Vincents University Hospital, Dublin), Dr Aoife Lowery (Beaumont Hospital, Dublin) and Dr Fionnuala Ní Áinle (Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin) presented their research and post-PhD career progress. There were also opportunities to view research posters from CTRSP Scholars and the wider research community.

MMI-ASM-2013MMIET20121031_Annual-Scientific-Meeting-2013_Schedule(5)MMI CTRSP Scholar Trudy McGarry (UCD) was awarded the MMI Medal for her oral presentation ‘Beta1 integrin is a critical mediator of TLR2 induced cell migration and invasion in RA’. Wesley van Oeffelen (UCC) was awarded best CTRSP research poster for his presentation ‘Mood, food and addiction: unravelling the interaction between hypothalamic peptides and mesolimbic dopamine singling’. Dr Alice O’Farrell (RCSI) was awarded the prize in the category ‘posters from the wider community pursuing clinical & translational research’ for her presentation ‘Mechanistic interrogation of cardiac and vascular toxicities associated with the receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor sunitinib: investigation of novel safety biomarkers of cardiotoxicity’.

Wesley van Oeffelen (UCC) was awarded the prize for best CTRSP research poster for his presentation ‘Mood, food and addiction: unravelling the interaction between hypothalamic peptides and mesolimbic dopamine signaling’.

Dr Alice O’Farrell (RCSI) was awarded the prize in the category ‘posters from the wider community pursuing clinical & translational research’ for her presentation ‘Mechanistic interrogation of cardiac and vascular toxicities associated with the receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor sunitinib: investigation of novel safety biomarkers of cardiotoxicity’.

Meeting participants also had the opportunity to learn more about key initiatives to support clinical and translational research such as the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research (DCCR) and Irish Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ICRIN). Representatives of the Irish Cytometry Society and of UCD Conway Institute Core Technologies, were also present.

In the keynote address entitled “Translational Medicine: An Evolving Paradigm”, Professor Patrick Johnston (Queen’s University Belfast) delivered a compelling and challenging message around the changing model of diagnostics/therapeutics development, particularly the advent of biology-driven, de-risking of such development and its requirement for academic-industry partnerships. MMI CEO, Dr. Graham Love, closed the meeting noting the dramatic transformation of the research landscape in Ireland over the past decade and how this has enabled the internationally competitive level of ambition exemplified by the MMI Clinician Scientists and Clinical & Translational Research Scholars.

Clinician Scientist Annual Meeting 2011

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Clockwise from top left: The MMI Fellows and organisers; Prof Garret FitzGerald (University of Pennsylvania); Dr Chotirmall (RCSI) receiving MMI Medal for best oral presentation from Prof FitzGerald, Dr Barrington (MMI) & Prof Kelleher (TCD); Dr Jane McGrath (TCD, second prize for oral presentation); Dr Boland (RCSI) receiving prize for best poster from Dr Watson (MMI) & Prof Kelleher; Dr Feeney (UCD, session chair) & Dr Prichard (TCD, third prize for oral presentation).

In 2011, the MMI Annual Scientific Meeting was part of the celebrations of the Tercentenary of the foundation of the Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine. It took place on 1 July in the stimulating surroundings of the Science Gallery.

The meeting format comprised four sessions containing 14 oral research presentations by MMI Clinician Scientist Fellows, with each session chaired by an MMI Fellow. There were also opportunities to view 19 posters submitted by other medical graduates undertaking PhD studies in the MMI partner institutions. Over 70 people attended the meeting.

Professor Dermot Kelleher (Vice-Provost of Medical Affairs, Head of the TCD School of Medicine and MMI Director) awarded prizes for oral and poster presentations and commented, “the presentations today were of very high quality, and the cohort of MMI Clinician Scientist Fellows now concluding their PhD studies will play key roles in patient-directed research. They are an excellent demonstration of the value of a collaborative systematic training programme supported by PRTLI funding.”

MMI Clinician Scientist Fellow Dr Sanjay Chotirmall, based in RCSI, was awarded the MMI Medal for his oral presentation ‘Estrogen in Cystic Fibrosis: Inflammatory, Immune and Infectious Consequences’. Dr Jane McGrath (TCD) was awarded second prize for her oral presentation ‘Neural Connectivity in Autism Spectrum Disorders’. Third prize went to Dr David Pritchard (TCD) for his presentation ‘Integrin Expression is Modulated by Deoxycholic Acid in Squamous Oesophageal Epithelium and May Have a Role in the Aetiology of Barrett’s Oesophagus’.

 

MMI poster judging panel, Dr Clare O'Connor (UCD) & Dr Geraldine Boylan (UCC), question poster presenters

MMI poster judging panel, Dr Clare O’Connor (UCD) & Dr Geraldine Boylan (UCC), question poster presenters

Dr Karen Boland (RCSI) was awarded first prize in the research poster category for her presentation ‘RPT4 as a Potential Therapeutic Target in Colorectal Cancer’. Second prize went to Dr Alan Gaffney (TCD) for his poster presentation ‘Carbon Nanotube Surface Modification Increases Blood-Surface Interactions in Cardiopulmonary Bypass’.

The Annual Meeting concluded with an excellent keynote address given by Professor Garret FitzGerald (Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Institute for Translational Medicine & Therapeutics), entitled ‘The Divided Self: a Science of Uncertainty and an Art of Probability’. Professor FitzGerald kindly provided his expertise to the oral presentation judging panel, together with Professor Anita Maguire (Vice President for Research & Innovation, UCC). After the keynote address, Professor Kelleher presented the TCD School of Medicine Tercentenary Medal to Professor FitzGerald.

Download the full schedule and book of abstracts for the CSFP Annual Meeting 2011.(PDF)

Please see here for a news report on the CSFP Annual Meeting 2011.

CSFP Annual Meeting 2010

 

The second MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Annual Scientific Meeting took place on Friday 25 June 2010 at University College Cork (UCC).

A highlight of the day was the Keynote Lecture ‘Macrophage cell death is tightly coupled with the performance of microbicidal function during innate immune responses’ delivered by Professor David H. Dockrell (Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellow, University of Sheffield).

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Professor David Kerins, Dean of the School of Medicine & Vice Head of the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork, commented that “the Annual Meeting is an excellent opportunity for MMI Clinician Scientist Fellows based in five academic institutions to present their research, which is at the forefront of improving disease diagnosis and treatment. We are delighted to welcome MMI Fellows from NUI Galway, RCSI, TCD and UCD to join with those based in UCC in contributing to this very successful day.”

The Annual Meeting was preceded by a 4 days of Structured Training at UCC, which brought the MMI Fellows together for education modules covering innovation, commercialisation and career management and leadership in academic medicine.

Download the full schedule and book of abstracts for the CSFP Annual Meeting 2010 (PDF).

Please see here for a news report on the CSFP Annual Meeting 2010.

CSFP Annual Meeting 2009

The first MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Annual Scientific Meeting took place on Saturday 11 July 2009 at NUI Galway.

19 MMI Fellows appointed in the first call for the programme presented their research as short talks, and posters were presented by 3 Fellows appointed in the second call for the programme.

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The Keynote Lecture was delivered by Professor Sherine Gabriel (William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic, MN, US), the title of which was ‘Heart Disease and Premature Death in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Lessons from Epidemiology’.

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A judging panel, comprising Prof Matthew Griffin (Professor of Transplant Biology at NUI Galway), Dr Christine Dingivan (Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, PPD) and Prof Gabriel awarded the MMI medal for best presentation to Dr Aoife Lowery (NUI Galway) for her work on ‘Breast Cancer associated microRNAs – classification using expression profiling and artificial neural networks’. Second prize was awarded to Dr Fionnuala Ni Ainle (TCD) for her presentation on ‘The Anticoagulant Properties of Protamine are Enhanced by Activated Protein C’. Dr Oliver Schubert (RCSI), whose presentation was entitled ‘Neuroproteomic Analysis of Schizophrenia and Disease-Associated Neuronal Signalling Defects’ received third prize.

Download the full schedule and book of abstracts for the CSFP Annual Meeting 2009.(PDF)

Please see here for a news report on the CSFP Annual Meeting 2009.


The Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) was funded under PRTLI Cycle 4 in 2008. 22 medical graduates undertook PhD studies in five academic institutions (NUI Galway, RCSI, TCD, UCC and UCD). Further information on the MMI CSFP a thttp://www.crdi.ie/csfp

The MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP) began in 2011 with an intake of 20 Scholars and a subsequent intake of 5 Scholars in 2012. The CTRSP is a unique cross-institutional programme which will develop graduates with knowledge and skills to pursue disease-focused research and bridge gaps between basic scientists, clinical scientists and industry. Further information on the MMI CTRSP at http://www.crdi.ie/ctrsp

The MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme and the MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme are funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 4 & 5, and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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