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MMI Clinician Scientist Fellows Present Research Highlights in Annual Meeting

Clinician Scientists pursuing research training in five academic institutions through the MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) funded in PRTLI Cycle 4 came together on 1 July 2011 to present their research in the stimulating surroundings of the Science Gallery TCD.

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).

Clinician Scientists pursuing research training in five academic institutions through the MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) funded in PRTLI Cycle 4 came together on 1 July 2011 to present their research in the stimulating surroundings of the Science Gallery TCD.

Professor Michael Gill (Professor of Psychiatry TCD) opened the 3rd Annual MMI Clinician Scientist Meeting which this year was part of the celebrations of the tercentenary of the foundation of the TCD School of Medicine. 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 including HRB-funded Healthcare Professional Fellows and National SpR Academic Fellows. Over 70 people attended the meeting; the schedule and abstracts are available here.

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 Prichard (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’.

MMI poster judging panel Dr Clare O’Connor (UCD) & Dr Geraldine Boylan (UCC) question poster presenters

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’.

Meeting participants also had the opportunity to learn more about the MMI Clinician Scientist Structured PhD Curriculum Portal which brings together 69 graduate education modules taking place throughout the year in the five MMI partner institutions. The Curriculum Portal is currently in the pilot phase and medical graduates undertaking PhDs in the MMI partners are invited to contact MMI to find out more about this unique resource.

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.

22 medical graduates are pursuing or have recently completed PhDs in five academic institutions (NUI Galway RCSI TCD UCC and UCD) as part of the MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme funded through PRTLI Cycle 4.

Further information on the MMI CSFP can be found at the following link:
https://www.crdi.ie/csfp