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Research Day 2014 highlights the latest advances in health research

20 March 2014

The latest advances in biomedical sciences, clinical research, population health sciences and healthcare delivery are just some of the topics featured in studies which will be presented at the annual RCSI Research Day 2014 which takes place today.

More than 300 researchers are expected to attend this annual forum which provides RCSI scientists with the opportunity to showcase their most recent research findings and emphasises the importance of research within the College.


Pictured (l-r) are Dr David Shahnazaryan and Dr Qistina Pilson, Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics, RCSI

The emphasis for the day is on oral and poster presentations by investigators early in their career, post-doctoral fellows, post-graduate and undergraduate scholars and academic staff. All oral presentations and poster presentations will be judged and awards will be presented at a ceremony later this evening.


Pictured (l-r) are William Arthur Lackington, PhD student in Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine; and Professor John Waddington, Professor of Neuroscience, RCSI. 

The Annual John J Ryan Distinguished Guest Lecture will be delivered by Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly who will speak on the subject of "Human metabolic disease: lessons from the extremes". The lecture will explore his research into the genetic causes of extreme obesity and insulin resistance which have provided new insights into the physiology of energy balance and metabolism. A native of Dublin, Professor O'Rahilly is Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine the University of Cambridge. He is the Co-Director of the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science and Director of the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit.


Pictured (l-r) are Prof Hilary Humphreys, Deputy Director of Clinical Research; Prof Ray Stallings, Director of Research; Prof Sir Stephen O' Rahilly, who delivered the Annual John J Ryan Distinguished Guest Lecture; and Professor Kevin McGuigan, Research Day Academic Coordindator.

Professor Ray Stallings, Director of Research at RCSI said: ‘RCSI is committed to supporting and nurturing an active research community and the annual Research Day is a vital platform for highlighting the scope of research taking place across the different disciplines in the College. As one of Ireland's premier research institutions, exposure to world-class research begins at undergraduate level right up to the highest-calibre research-active academic staff, enabling us to train new generations of researchers and clinician scientists.'


Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly delivers the Annual John J Ryan Distinguished Guest Lecture

Founded in 1784, RCSI's mission is to develop healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide. RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences organisation which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland.


Pictured (l-r) are Bojana Mirkovic (Early Career Investigators Oral Research - The Barnes Medal); Tristram Hills (Undergraduate Poster); Natalia Rodriguez Alavarez (PhD Scholars Poster); Aoife McKeon (Front Cover Illustration Abstract Book); Prof Kevin McGuigan, Research Day Academic Coordinator; Yuan-Hsun Chang (Undergraduate Oral Research - The Dr. Harry O'Flanagan Prize), Mary Elizabeth Walsh (Post-graduate Oral Research - The Mundipharma Pharmaceuticals Prize); Ashwanth Ramesh (Post-graduate Poster), Ciara A. O'Dwyer (PhD Scholars Oral Research - The Roche Gold Medal); and Dr Alice Garvey (Health Professions Education Award)


Pictured (l-r) are Dr Camilla Carroll, daughter of Mr Kamal Sayed and graduate of RCSI who presented the Mr Kamal Sayed Prize in Neurosurgery (Generously supported by Dr Yacoob Kadwa, Class of 1965) which was awarded to Dr Kieran Sweeney; Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI; Dr Safia Sayed; and Dr Jacintha More O'Ferrall.