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22 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
January
More than 400 students from second-level schools throughout
Ireland got a taste for life as a medical, pharmacy and physiotherapy
student at the RCSI open day.
Transition Year students from 120 schools across Ireland took part in
a week long interactive mini-med training programme at RCSI and
Beaumont Hospital, giving them the opportunity to experience what
it is like to train and work as a doctor.
At the 80th Biological Society meeting Professor Clive Lee was
welcomed as new Society President and the keynote speaker, Tom
Doorley, addressed the audience with a talk entitled `Balance' in
which he spoke about the importance of balance in lifestyle and diet.
February
More than 450 surgeons attended the annual RCSI Charter day
meetings with 50 leading national and international speakers
delivering lectures on a wide range of surgical topics. The Johnson
& Johnson lecture was given by Professor Ralph G. Dacey, Jnr,
Chairman of Neurosurgery, Washington University Hospital, Missouri.
Professor Michael Solomon, a graduate of RCSI and Professor of
Surgery at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia
gave the 88th Abraham Colles Lecture. At the Charter day dinner,
Professors Dacey and Solomon were presented with Honorary
Fellowships of the College.
Transition Year students from the South East took part in the
Waterford RCSI transition year mini-med training programme
in Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH) and Waterford Institute of
Technology.
The european Vaccine Initiative, of which RCSI is a member, marked
its 15th anniversary. EVI supports the development of effective,
accessible and affordable vaccines for diseases of poverty.
Nursing Development in Times of Austerity the theme of the 32nd
RCSI annual International nursing and midwifery Conference.
Speakers from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the
Middle East and Ireland spoke on topics including nurse-led service
developments; oncology; wound management and tissue viability;
palliative care; mental health; and midwifery and women's health.
RCSI welcomed a landmark investment by the Government in
scientific research through Science Foundation Ireland's (SFI)
Research Centres Programme. RCSI recipients included Professor
Fergal O'Brien as part of the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering
Research Centre (AMBER) and Professor David Henshall, as part of
the Centre for Perinatal Translational Research (CaPTuRE).
March
The latest advances in biomedical sciences, population health
sciences and healthcare delivery were just some of the topics
featured in studies presented at RCSI's annual Research day.
Over 400 people attended the Mansion House, Dublin, for
International night 2013, celebrating cultural diversity at RCSI.
The audience was transported around the globe in a night of
glittering entertainment which saw PIBS (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh
and Sri Lanka) being crowned International Night winners.
A non-invasive imaging technique which may help in the earlier
detection of cancer was among the innovative research being
presented at BioPIC 2013, a BioPhotonics and Imaging Conference,
which was co-organised by RCSI.
RCSI and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) hosted a lecture
by Professor Lynn Crismon entitled `Psychotropic medication use in
foster children and youth'.
April
RCSI Students launched the 6th edition of the RCSI Student medical
Journal (RCSIsmj). RCSIsmj aims to promote student authorship
and to foster research, innovation and student participation with
healthcare issues.
RCSI, the Irish Dental Hygienists Association and Dublin Dental
University Hospital, launched an information leaflet for patients to
raise awareness of gum disease; a silent disease that can damage a
person's general health.
Mary Aiken, CyberPsychologist and Research Fellow at the RCSI
Institute of Leadership presented as part of an academic team at the
White House in Washington at the Obama Administration's Forum to
Combat Human trafficking.
Pictured at the annual conferring ceremony
are (l-r) Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO; Professor
Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of
Medicine and Health Sciences; Rt Hon
Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE,
who was awarded an honorary doctorate;
and Professor Paddy Broe, President.