MMI Annual Scientific Meeting 2014: Focus on Research Training

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MMI Annual Scientific Meeting 2014: Focus on Research Training

Over 115 people attended the MMI Education & Training Annual Scientific Meeting which took place on 12 March 2014 in the Science Gallery TCD. The meeting brought together our research students from the Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP) Alumni from the MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) and the wider research community for a stimulating day of research presentations.

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’.

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 meeting handbook can be downloaded here.


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 at https://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 https://www.crdi.ie/ctrsp

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