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RCSI MATTERS
The abilities of our students were recognised in the
Google Undergraduate Awards 2012 with Mr Joseph
Sweeney winning the Medical Sciences category for his
research dissertation on the `Investigation of the influence
of a mineral supplement on tissue level bone density and
mechanical strength following oestrogen deficiency in a
rat ovariectomy model of early stage postmenopausal
osteoporosis'.
Joseph received his medal at the UA Global Summit, in
Dublin in November. His research dissertation was one
of almost 4,000 pieces of coursework submitted to the
Undergraduate Awards this year, from 182 third-level
institutions internationally. Joseph conducted his research as
part of his fourth year undergraduate studies at the School
of Pharmacy under the supervision of Professor Fergal J.
O'Brien, Professor of Bioengineering and Regenerative
Medicine and Dr Orlaith Brennan, Department of Anatomy.
TUTOR NETWORK
The School is delighted that RCSI B.Sc (Pharm.) graduating
classes of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 can now act as tutors
on the M. Pharm. programme. We met such graduates at a
number of Tutor Network Meetings. We are also delighted
to train increasing numbers of our alumni to act as assessors
for the National Professional Registration Examination. The
success of our students depends on the support of you,
our alumni. We thank you for your continued feedback,
support and encouragement which enables the renewal of
our profession through our graduates. The School has now
commenced planning for the first 10-year reunion, in 2016,
of this graduating class and looks forward to welcoming you
back to our campus.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
On August 29, 2013, the Saint John of God Hospital, one
of the leading providers of mental health treatment and
care services in Ireland, announced an official collaboration
between its Pharmacy Department and the School of
Pharmacy. The Memorandum of Understanding aims
to enhance the educational opportunities available to
undergraduate pharmacy students. The partnership has
already seen the development of inter-professional, work-
based educational initiatives between the two organisations.
Clinical work placements and structured site visits will give
our students an insight into the Hospital's multi-faceted
approach to the treatment of mental illness and person-
School of Pharmacy innovates to enhance
learning opportunities
The School of Pharmacy continues to strive to enrich the student experience, writes
Professor Paul Gallagher, Head of the School
Pictured at St John of God Hospital, at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between RCSI School of Pharmacy and the Hospital,
are: (front row): Professor Paul Gallagher, Head of the School of Pharmacy, RCSI; Ms Emma Balmaine, Chief Executive, St John of God
Hospital; Professor Hannah Mc Gee, Dean of Medicine and Health, RCSI; and Dr Richard Blennerhassett, Medical Director, St John of God
Hospital. (Back row): Mr Matthew Lynch, Lecturer, RCSI; Dr Judith Strawbridge, B.Sc. (Pharm.) Programme Director, RCSI; Ms Michelle Flood,
Lecturer, RCSI; Ms Dolores Keating, Head of the Pharmacy Department, St John of God Hospital; Dr Gráinne Cousins, Lecturer, RCSI; and Dr
Ben Ryan, Lecturer, RCSI.