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Tuesday, 18th September 2007 - RCSI Alumni Gala Reunion

18 September 2007

The annual Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Alumni weekend was held at RCSI from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th September 2007. This year celebrated the classes who graduated in 1947, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982 and 1997. The event, which was sponsored by Innovex & Quintiles, included a full programme of activites and a scientific meeting. Some 250 medical graduates and guests from around the world attended.


Pictured from l to r are Dr. Richard Firth (Class of 1977) and Professor Jochen Prehn, Department of Physiology

Throughout the three days, graduates enjoyed various activities such as a golf outing, a tour to Glendalough and Powerscourt Gardens; a walking tour of Dublin and a tour of the College. On Friday, 14th September a golden jubilee lunch was held for those from the classes of 1947 and 1957. The event finished with a gala dinner on the Saturday evening.


Pictured from l to r are Dr. Patricia O'Donnell, Dr. Mary Davin-Power, Dr. Michael Blute and Dr. Corrie Manjoo (Class of 1982)

On Friday, 14th September the RCSI Scientific meeting brought another dimension to the weekend as talks were given by former graduates and leading medical professionals and academics from RCSI. Among the speakers were Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who delivered a talk on the new curriculum at RCSI; Professor Gerry McElvaney from the Department of Medicine at RCSI and Beaumont Hospital spoke on ‘Understanding and Treating Lung Inflammation’; Professor Brian Harvey, Director of Research at RCSI delivered a talk on the RCSI Research Strategy; Dr. Michael Harty from the class of 1977 spoke about caring for vulnerable elderly in the community and Sharon Matela from the class of 1997 spoke about ‘Paediatric Healthcare Challenges in South Africa’.


Pictured from l to r are Dr. Mahomed Khan, Dr. David Malone and Dr. Penny Johnson (class of 1967)

Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI said “We are delighted to have sponsors Quintiles & Innovex on board and we would like to thank them for all their support in ensuring that this will be a thoroughly enjoyable and fruitful event. RCSI’s greatest strength is its people- past, present and future. If this weekend’s festivities are anything to go by, the College has never been stronger.” John Kiernan, CEO of Quintiles & Innovex said “We are delighted to be supporting this special weekend. Alumni reunions allow graduates from far and near to converge to enjoy memories and renew old friendships as well as using it as an opportunity to network professionally.”

Also sponsoring the Alumni weekend were the Irish Times, Johnson & Johnson, Hermitage Medical Clinic, RCSI Association of Graduates and the Medical Protection Society.



Pictured from l to r are Dr. Shahnaz Merican; Dr. Elaine Breslin; Professor Brian Harvey, Director of Research at RCSI and Dr. Emma Meagher (Class of 1987)