The CSFP Annual Meeting gathered key individuals involved in this MMI programme including the Fellows’ supervisors. This second Annual Meeting took place on Friday 25 June 2010 at University College Cork (UCC). Dr Michael Murphy President of UCC welcomed the delegates to the annual meeting.
The objective of the CSFP is to train the next generation of clinician scientists with the unique and specialised knowledge essential to fulfil Ireland’s research needs in translational medicine. The CSFP is funded by the Irish Government under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions cycle 4. Fellows from five institutions with a shared agenda in clinical and translational research are participating in the Programme which is being coordinated by Molecular Medicine Ireland.
This programme transcends institutional boundaries and provides systematic training for this group of clinician researchers through a structured Ph.D. programme.
19 MMI Fellows presented their research as short talks. The MMI medal for best presentation was awarded to Dr Mark Coyne (NUI Galway) for his work on ‘Targeting Cdc7 kinase in Multiple Myeloma’. Second prize was awarded to Dr Damian McCartan (RCSI) for his presentation on ‘Identifying New Transcriptional Targets for SRC-1 in Breast Cancer’. Third prize was awarded jointly to Dr James Ryan (UCC) and Dr David Prichard (TCD) whose presentations were entitled ‘Cellular Mechanisms underlying Familial Partial Lipodystrophy Dunnigan Variety (FPLD)’ and ‘Ursodeoxycholic Acid – A Molecular Modulator of the Inflammation Carcinoma Sequence in the Oesophagus?’ respectively.
Another 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).
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.