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Research throughout the year comprised
academic and clinical collaborations,
as well as collaborations with external
institutions such as: Beaumont Hospital;
Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown;
Temple Street Children's University
Hospital; St James's Hospital; Our Lady's
Hospice and Care Services in Harold's
Cross; the Central Remedial Clinic; and
the School of Health Sciences, University
of Southampton.
Thirteen research articles have
been published, and 14 oral/poster
presentations were delivered during
the year. Research publication topics
included: cerebral palsy in children; hip
osteoarthritis; and stroke.
Research was presented at a number of
national and international conferences
including: the Irish Association of Cardiac
Rehabilitation Annual Conference,
held in Dublin in February 2015;
the Osteoarthritis Research Society
International Conference, which
took place in Seattle, USA; and the
International Association of Gerontology
and Geriatrics European Region (IAGG
ER) Conference held at the Convention
Centre in Dublin from April 23 to April
26, 2015. Research was also presented at
the School of Physiotherapy, University of
Bergen, Norway.
Prizes were awarded to staff and
postgraduate students for presentations
at a number of conferences. Research
Fellow Colm Brannigan won the prize for
best poster presentation at the Northern
Ireland Multidisciplinary Association of
Stroke Teams (NIMAST) in May, 2015.
Honorary lecturer, Dr Ailish Malone won
best paper presentation at the Clinical
Movement Analysis Society (CMAS) UK
and Ireland conference, while Mairead
McDaid, postgraduate MSc student, won
best poster at the Irish Heart Foundation
Annual Stroke Day.
Educational developments
A number of staff members from the
School were part of some exciting
educational developments. Dr
Helen French became a member
of the European Region World
Confederation of Physical Therapy
(ER-WCPT) Education Working Group.
Funded by the Erasmus programme,
staff embarked on a mobility visit to
Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences,
Savonlinna, in Finland in September
2014, with a reciprocal visit by two
physiotherapy lecturers to RCSI in May
Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Frances
Horgan, was appointed Vice Dean for
Interprofessional Education in September
2014 and Dr Ailish Malone and Dr Rose
Galvin were appointed as Honorary
Lecturers in recognition of their ongoing
contribution to academic and research
activity in the School.
Other activities
Musculoskeletal injury prevention
education was delivered to trainee
surgeons in the Surgical Boot Camp 2014.
Physiotherapy staff provided support to
RCSI staff on race day at the Great Pink
Run 2014.
The School was
commended for
actively responding
to changes in
the educational
including the use of
RCSI School of Physiotherapy staff pictured with the ISCP Accreditation Team during the two-day reaccreditation site-visit in September 2014.