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Key events
The School of Postgraduate Studies
together with the HRB-funded PhD
Scholars organised the inaugural Human
Disease Mapping (HDM) Conference
at RCSI on January 30 and 31, 2014.
This international event celebrated
the often overlooked impacts made
by young researchers across the world
in the refinement of therapeutics and
improvement of diagnostics in human
disease. Plenary talks were given by
two pioneering investigators Professor
Helen Meyberg, Emory University School
of Medicine, USA, and Dr Jonathan
Thon, Harvard Medical School, USA,
whose work has opened new frontiers
in the treatment of neurological and
cardiovascular disorders, respectively.
Oral and poster presentations plus data
blitzes were delivered by PhD students
and postdoctoral research fellows from
Ireland and Europe, while a number of
key industry figures discussed recent
breakthroughs and potential career
opportunities in their field. Round
table discussions on day two enabled
participants to exchange scientific ideas
and discuss future research plans.
RCSI research students Naadiya Carrim
and Cormac McDonnell were awarded
first and second prizes, respectively,
for Best Oral Presentation in the
Cardiovascular Biology section at the
Young Life Scientists Ireland (YLSI)
Symposium at TCD (March 1, 2014).
Nicola Kavanagh received second prize
in the general poster category for her
Sinead Quinn and Natalia Lajczak (PhD
students in the Department of Molecular
Medicine) won the Donegan Medal and
Runner-up Prize, respectively, at the
annual meeting of the Royal Academy
of Medicine in Ireland, Biomedical
Sciences, held at UCD on June 19, 2014.
Ensuring research integrity
RCSI's research integrity policy was
launched in line with the Irish Universities
Association national policy statement on
Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland.
In line with these intiatives, the School
of Postgraduate Studies developed
a postgraduate module in Research
Ethics and Integrity. The Postgraduate
Students Union organised a workshop
on "Conducting Ethical and Robust
Research"; topics discussed included
"Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland",
"Conducting Ethical Research", and
"Integrity in Scientific Publications".
Internationalisation activities
As a direct result of increased
internationalisation activities, RCSI is now
a recognised third-level institution for
the Brazilian Science Without Borders
programme. This resulted in three fully
funded PhD studentships being awarded
to Brazilian students who began their
PhD projects in RCSI in the 2013-2014
academic year.
Science Foundation Ireland's International
Strategic Cooperation Award (ISCA)
programme supports research-based
collaborations between Ireland's Higher
Education Institutions and collaborators in
four partner countries, including Brazil and
the People's Republic of China. As part of
its ISCA-supported activities in 2014, the
the school of postgraduate studies has as its primary purpose the marketing,
recruitment, support and retention of a world-class postgraduate community
in rcsi. these objectives are driven by a dedicated core team of:
Head of School Professor Niamh Moran BSc, PhD;
Programmes Manager Dr Helen Mcveigh BSc, PhD;
Programmes Administrator Ms Justina Senkus BA, MBA; and,
School Coordinator Ms Jennifer Hynes BBS, MA.
in the academic year 2013-2014, the school graduated 62 higher degree by
research candidates, comprising 43 phds, 14 mds and 5 mscs, the largest
number in a single academic year since the school was founded in 2006. in the
same academic year, the school enrolled 65 new students: 35 phd candidates,
19 md candidates, 2 mch candidates and 11 msc candidates.
Professor Niamh Moran,
Head of the School
of Postgraduate Studies