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Innovation in aneurysm surgery to be investigated by ‘The Science Squad'

09 November 2014

The third series of RTE's The Science Squad continues on RTE One at 8.30pm on Monday 11th November. This week's episode features more research and innovation from RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland). 

Dr Naughton explains the EVAR Process to Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain
Presented by Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, Kathriona Devereux and Jonathan McCrea, the Science Squad will investigate some of the most exciting and ground-breaking science projects currently underway in Ireland. RCSI will feature in three of the six episodes in the new series which will be aired on RTE One on Monday nights at 8.30pm. This is the third episode in the third series of this programme.
Episode 3 - Innovative Surgical Technologies Saving Lives - Monday 10th November
In this programme, Aoibhinn meets Dr Peter Naughton, Consultant General / Vascular Surgeon, and his team in Beaumont Hospital to learn about abdominal aortic aneurysms and how recent innovations in surgery in the form of a new procedure, Endovascular Aneurysm Repair, (EVAR) has drastically reduced mortality rates. Dr Naughton's team run through preparations ahead of one of these EVAR operations. Aoibhinn also meets one of Peter's former patients who underwent the successful surgery to find out how it saved his life.

The Squad find out how this procedure is saving lives
Other episodes featuring RCSI:
Episode 6 - Lung Health - Monday 1st December
Jonathon McCrea wraps up the third series of The Science Squad by meeting with RCSI's Professor of Medicine, Professor Gerry McElvaney to talk about his team's research into Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is the term given to a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema and Ireland has the third highest death rate from lung disease in Europe. Prof 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% of which are undiagnosed. Jonathon also meets two people who were diagnosed with Alpha-1 to find out how the disease has impacted their lives.
RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences institute which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland. In 2010, RCSI was granted independent degree awarding status by the State, which enables the College to award degrees alongside its traditional powers to award licentiates.