The Wellcome-HRB Irish Academic Clinical Training (ICAT) Programme hosted its inaugural Annual Scientific Retreat in the coastal town of Malahide near Dublin in November 2017. Bringing together the ICAT fellows, their supervisors, the programme directors, management and funders, Director Professor Michael Gill of TCD said “The Annual Retreat is an occasion for the ICAT community to gather together and to advise and encourage the ICAT Fellows who are embarking upon their careers in academic medicine”.
Featuring presentations and interactive sessions using the theme 'Careers in Academic Medicine', the eight ICAT Fellows were afforded the opportunity of meeting such leading academic scientists as Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly of the University of Cambridge and Professor Caroline Sabin of University College London, to hear first hand accounts of how the choices they made led to their successful careers.
The ICAT Programme is an exciting, new all-Ireland clinician PhD programme funded primarily by the Wellcome Trust and Health Research Board, with ongoing collaboration and additional funding support from multiple partners including six academic institutions (TCD, UCD, NUI Galway, Queen’s University Belfast, RCSI and UCC), the Health Service Executive National Doctors Training and Planning, the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies, the Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland R&D Division and the Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency. Clinical Research Development Ireland coordinates the ICAT Programme.
To read more about the ICAT Retreat please click on the ICAT website here.