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