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RCSI MATTERS
RCSI RESEARCH FEATURES ON THE SCIENCE SQUAD
Cutting-edge research being carried out at RCSI was
featured on "The Science Squad" series which aired on RTE
One television in autumn and winter 2014. The programme
investigated some of the most exciting and groundbreaking
science projects currently underway in Ireland.
The RCSI research featured included "Saving Lives
with Sunlight" led by Professor Kevin McGuigan, RCSI
Department of Physiology and Medical Physics, who brought
the team to visit the Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) project
in Uganda, where a technique he has developed to disinfect
water using sunlight has the potential to save millions of
lives.
In another episode "Innovative Surgical Technologies Saving
Lives", Dr Peter Naughton, Consultant General/Vascular
Surgeon, and his RCSI team explained how abdominal
aortic aneurysms are repaired and how recent innovations
in surgery in the form of a new procedure, Endovascular
Aneurysm Repair (EVAR), has drastically reduced mortality
rates, saving the lives of many patients.
In the final episode, "The Science Squad" met with RCSI's
Professor of Medicine, Professor Gerry McElvaney, to talk
about his team's research into chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD). Professor McElvaney and his team have
discovered that the high prevalence of COPD in this country
could be linked to a genetic lung condition (Alpha-1)
which affects 1 in 24 Irish people, 90 per cent of which are
undiagnosed.
The Science Squad presenters Kathriona Devereux,
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Jonathan McCrea.
NEW RCSI PRESIDENT ELECTED
RCSI announced the election of Mr Declan J Magee
as the 169th President of the College at the College's
biennial Council Elections in 2014. Mr Magee (right)
trained in surgery in Ireland, in Guy's Hospital, London
and in Harvard Medical School, Boston, before taking
up the post of Consultant General Surgeon at St
Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown and Blackrock
Clinic, Dublin. Professor John Hyland (left), a Consultant
Colorectal Surgeon at St Vincent's University Hospital,
has been appointed as the new Vice-President.