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Prestigious awards to RCSI Faculty
Dr garry Duffy won a prestigious
Fulbright Award in July 2013. Fulbright
Awards, given annually by the Irish
and US governments, provide Irish
students, scholars and
professionals with the
opportunity to study,
lecture and research
at top universities and
institutions throughout the
United States. Dr Duffy
will undertake research
on developing restorative
therapies for acute
myocardial infarctions at
Harvard University.
Professor David Henshall
(Physiology and Medical
Physics) was presented with
the Robert Bentley Todd
Silver Medal by the RCSI
Neuroscience Society, in recognition
of his contributions to teaching and
research in neuroscience. This award
was made during an undergraduate-
hosted evening that focused on
basic research and clinical aspects
of epilepsy, held at RCSI on March 6,
The winners of the 24th Sheppard Prize,
awarded to RCSI MDs and PhDs who have
achieved excellence in research in their
respective fields, were:
Dr Emmet O'Brien, who won
the MD oral presentation prize;
Dr Michelle White, who won
the PhD oral presentation prize;
Dr Colin Davenport, the winner
of the PhD poster prize; and,

Dr Eoghan McCarthy who won the MD
poster prize.
Anatomical Society honours
RCSI staff
The Anatomical Society has honoured
two members of RCSI staff. At the
Society's AgM in Newcastle in
December, Professor Clive Lee was
elected President of the Anatomical
Society for a three-year term. He is
the fourth Irish person to be elected
President in the 127-year history of the
Society. Each year, the Society awards
four PhD studentships and, in January
2014, Dr garry Duffy received one for
his project `Decoding the extrinsic
regulation of cardiac stem cell fate in
cardiovascular disease'.
Human Disease Mapping Conference
PhD students Christopher Whelan
and Annachiara Mitrugno (MCT) were
Chair and Co-Chair respectively of the
successful inaugural conference on
Human Disease Mapping which took
place in RCSI on January 30 and 31.
This conference was organised by
Christopher and Annachiara, in
conjunction with their postgraduate
student colleagues in RCSI, under HRB
support, to celebrate the achievements
of Irish and international PhD and post-
doctoral researchers in the field.
Launch of SPHeRE Programme
heralds exciting era for
Population Health Research
The Structured Population and Health-
services Research Education (SPHeRE)
programme was launched in RCSI in
January 2014. The objective of the
programme is to create a network of
highly trained researchers who can
competently research aspects of the
current Irish health system, making
recommendations to inform policy and
implement changes in practice, with the
aim of improving population health and
health service delivery for the people
of Ireland.
The SPHeRE Programme is a partnership
between RCSI, University College Cork
(UCC) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD),
expanding on the well-established and
successful HRB-structured PhD Scholars
Programme in Health Services Research,
which commenced in 2007.
The Programme aims to produce a
national integrated faculty that meets
the growing demand for high quality
graduates in population health and
health services research and improves
the quality and relevance of such
research in Ireland.
RTE's The Science Squad
showcases RCSI research
Three programmes in the RTE
series, The Science Squad,
featured examples of leading-
edge research at RCSI including:

the work of a team, led by
Professor Fergal O'Brien, which
has developed a new organic
material that harnesses the
body's own regenerative power
to repair damaged bones
and cartilage;
new technologies facilitating
a move towards the use of
simulators for surgical training, allowing
skills to be learned in a safer and
controlled environment, accelerating
learning; and,

the work of a team led by Professor
Sam McConkey, Head of International
Health and Tropical Medicine at RCSI
carrying out clinical trials to develop a
new vaccine for malaria, a huge global
public health problem that kills over one
million people each year.
the structured population
and health-services research
Education (spherE)
programme was launched in
rcsi in January 2014.
researchers from
rcsi and beaumont
hospital made
an important
breakthrough in the
understanding and
treatment of
hereditary emphysema.