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Annual Research Day 2013 - Tuesday 5th March 2013

Venue - Houston LT and Exam Hall 09.00 - 19.00

The annual Research Day forum is for the presentation of the most recent research studies being undertaken in the RCSI, to highlight and emphasize the importance and significance of research and to recognize the different areas of research peculiar to the different disciplines within the College.

As it previous years, the emphasis will be on presentations by young Investigators early in their career, Post-doctoral Fellows, Post-graduateand Undergraduate Scholars and Academic Staff. Acknowledging the centrality of a robust research and development approach to all our educational programmes, the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences will award a prize for the best abstract and project in the broad category of Health Professions Education.

Opening Address: Professor Raymond Stallings, Director of Research
The John J Ryan Distinguished Lecture will be given by Professor Timothy O'Brien (REMEDI)

Title: "Translating Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy to the Clinic: Challenges and Opportunities".
Prize Giving by Professor Cathal Kelly CEO
Awards will be presented in the categories of Young Investigators early in their career, Post-doctoral Fellows, Post-graduate and Undergraduate Scholars and Academic Staff and Health Professions Education.
All correspondence
Research Day 2013 Academic Co-Ordinator: Dr Kevin McGuigan
Research Day 2013 Co-ordinator: Stephanie O'Connor


BioPIC 2013 - An International Conference on Biophotonics & Imaging, Castleknock Hotel Dublin 25-27 March 2013.
Abstract Submission and Early Bird Registration Deadline is 15-Feb-2013 so register now.

BioPIC 2013 is a multidisciplinary meeting and will include lectures from world leaders in the applications of cutting edge imaging and photonics to disease investigation and treatment.

There will be over 150 scientists, clinicians, students and post-docs in attendance. Sessions on Molecular Imaging, New Technologies, Diagnostic Imaging, Novel Probes and more.

Prizes to be Won!
1st Prize Oral Presentation- €650
1st Prize Poster (Postdoc) €400
1st Prize Poster (PhD student) €400
Plus Runner up prizes in all categories
We would encourage all to register now by visiting our website below. (January 2013)



Launch of RCSI Research Summer School (posted 16/06/2010)

The first RCSI Research Summer School was launched in the college today, with 52 undergraduate health sciences students from the Junior and Intermediate Cycles of the Medical School, School of Pharmacy and the School of Physiotherapy, taking part in a structured programme throughout June, July and August.


RCSI students from Junior and Intermediate Cycles of the Medical School, School of Pharmacy and the School of Physiotherapy taking part in the inaugural RCSI Research Summer School

Organised by Dr. Sarah O'Neill from Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics, the aim of the Research Summer School is to support our undergraduate health sciences students in carrying out research by immersing them into RCSI's research based community. The programme aims to instil students with a passion for biomedical research and empower them with the skills required to undertake scientific research.

Throughout the Research Summer School, students will be introduced to a wide variety of research skills such as project management, the art of making buffers, statistics, DNA analysis techniques, protein immuno-detection and cell culture. Every Friday afternoon, a ‘Discovery Series' will take place, where researchers from the College will discuss with the students their areas of research. Topics will include Cancer Research, Stroke Models, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, Drug Design and Clinical Trials.

Staff throughout the College from the Alumni Office, Anatomy, Cancer Genetics, Epidemiology, Faculty Office, MCT, Molecular Medicine, Neurology, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, the Research Office and Surgery have been involved in bringing the programme together. The Research Summer School has been funded by the Alumni Office, Corporate Donors and the Research Institute.

Dr. Sarah O'Neill said "By providing our students with this structured programme it will help give them an insight into the world of scientific research and a better understanding of how this research can be translated from the bench to the bedside. I would like to thank all the staff involved in the Research Summer School for their contribution to the programme


First National Epilepsy Research Conference takes place at RCSI

Monday, 17th May 2010, The First National Epilepsy Research Conference is taking place at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland today. Over 70 delegates, from basic scientists through to practicing nurses and clinicians, are expected to attend the conference. The meeting marks the start of National Epilepsy Week in Ireland, and will also incorporate the official launch of a new Irish charity, Epilepsy Research Ireland, which has been established to raise awareness and funds for research on the condition.
Two highly acclaimed international scientists will present keynote talks - Prof Sanjay Sisodiya (UCL, U.K.) and Prof Merab Kokaia (Lund University, Sweden).

"Prof Kokaia's work is a first step towards possible light-based neural prosthetics that could help control seizures by stimulating appropriate electric patterns in the brain," said Prof David Henshall, RCSI, conference co-organiser with Dr. Gianpiero Cavalleri, RCSI.
This is the first time epilepsy researchers from around Ireland have come together at a specific meeting to showcase their scientific and clinical research on epilepsy.


High standards of Research presented at annual Research Day 

The annual RCSI Research Day took place in the College on Wednesday 7th April. The day provides RCSI scientists with the opportunity to showcase their research findings, as well as enable networking between researchers and learning about other research being carried out across the College. Professor Brian Harvey, Director of Research, RCSI welcoming address noted the high standard of research being undertaken in the RCSI which is seen in the quality of medical research publications and the RCSI’s competitiveness in research funding awards. Prof Hannah McGee, Dean the Faculty of Medicine, RCSI gave an overview of the results of the recent staff survey in relation to the RCSI’s application for independent degree awarding status (DAS-project) and asked for the continued support of RCSI staff in this endeavour.

The opening address was given by Mr Enda Connolly, Chief Executive Officer, HRB who presented the HRB’s new four year plan which aims to establish targeted clinical research programmes and to promote more interaction between academic researchers and clinicians. Prof Nikolaus Plesnila, Professor and Chair of Neurodegeneration, RCSI presented the Distinguished Guest Lecture “Traumatic Brain Injury” and treatment thereof with inhalable nitric oxide.

The day came to a close with a presentation of the following prizes and awards:  The Barnes Medal for ‘best oral presentation by an Early Career Investigator’ was presented to Dr Darren Griffith by Dr Joe Barnes, Professor Emeritus of Tropical Medicine in RCSI. The Roche Gold Medal for best oral presentation in the PhD’s scholar category was presented to Dr Orlaith Kelly. Orlaith will now go on to represent the RCSI at the “Roche Finalist Award Ceremony” and compete for the title of Roche Researcher of the Year 2010.

Mr Bernard Kennedy, Mundipharma Pharmaceuticals presented a travel bursary to the value of €1000 to Ms Dorothy Ryan for best oral presentation in the postgraduate category. The Harry O’Flanagan Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, a silver medal, was presented to Kieran Reynolds. Please follow link for a list of all Research Day prize winners. Professor Harvey commented that “Research Day is a unique day in the College calendar which allows scientists to come together to present and debate their research.

 The standard of student and postgraduate presentations given on the day was as good as any international conference and further reinforced the College as one of Ireland’s premier research institutions”.


RCSI hosts Symposium on Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) was recently the venue for ‘Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology VIII', the annual Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology (CSCB) symposium. The meeting was attended by 250 delegates who heard plenary lectures from internationally renowned speakers describing current research at the interface between chemistry and biology, including single molecule chemistry in a protein nanoreactor; recent advances in the total synthesis of bioactive natural products; peptides for target-selective drug delivery; natural products as a driving force for discovery in organic chemistry; and bioactive metal complexes. There were also 63 poster presentations.

In his opening remarks Professor Frank Keane, President of RCSI, welcomed the speakers and the delegates and congratulated the CSCB on its success. This is a collaborative venture between chemistry and biomedical researchers in UCD, RCSI and TCD, established in 2001 under PRTLI Cycle 3, which has resulted in new inter-institutional and interdisciplinary programmes of research in the area of chemical biology and in the sharing of resources. In all three institutions the CSCB has had a major impact on graduate and undergraduate teaching. The President thanked all those involved in the organisation of the meeting including Ann Mooney, Patricia Whyte , Rosemary Donohue and John Howard.