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Friday, 12th September 2008-Annual RCSI & RCPI Sports and Exercise Medicine Conference

12 September 2008

The Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) held its Fifth Annual Scientific Conference, at the Hogan Suite in the Conference Centre at Croke Park Stadium on Friday and Saturday, 12th and 13th September. The Faculty were particularly delighted to welcome President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, who officially opened the conference.


President McAleese meets with Dr John Donohoe, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, (RCPI), with Professor Frank Keane, President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Dr Philip Carolan, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCPI & RCSI

The conference took place at Croke Park Stadium for the first time at a venue outside of the colleges. This is of particular significance as it brought together the importance of the interaction of Medicine and Sport, and the unique standing Gaelic games have in Irish sport with the conference taking place on the weekend in September between the All-Ireland Football and Hurling finals.


Pictured from l to r are Dr John Donohoe, President RCPI; Prof Frank Keane, President, RCSI; Dr Philip Carolan, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine; President Mary McAleese, and Dr Pat O’Neill, Dean of the Faculty.

The objectives of the scientific conference were to provide delegates with continuing medical education and updates on recent research and developments in diagnostic investigations, therapeutic techniques and strategies to improve medical outcomes in Sports and Exercise Medicine. The scientific programme was relevant and important to doctors and allied medical professionals involved with the treatment of those participating in professional, competitive and recreational sport and all athletic and leisure activities.  The promotion of sport, exercise and leisure activities is, and will continue to be, important for the health and wellness of the population, and particularly children and adolescents.


President McAleese with newly elected Honorary Fellows, guests and members of the Board of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCPI & RCSI:
Front Row; L-R: Prof Per Renström, Honorary Fellow; Dr Pat O’Neill; President McAleese; Prof Frank Keane, Dr John Donohoe, Dr Kieran Cuddihy, Honorary Fellow; Dr Philip Carolan
Back row; L-R: Prof Peter McCarthy (Dean of Faculty of Radiology); Prof N Gerry McElvaney; Dr John O’Riordan; Dr Martin McConaghy; Dr Mary Archer; Mr Leo Kearns

The lectures were delivered by internationally well-known speakers, on topics to include hip and groin injuries, infectious diseases in sport, haematological conditions in sport and lower limb exertional pain. Practical workshops and original scientific papers, clinical case presentations and posters were also presented.

Prof Per Renström, an international figure in Sports and Exercise Medicine and world renowned Orthopaedic and Sports Surgeon from the famous Karolinska Institute in Sweden; and Dr Kieran Cuddihy, retired Pathologist and County Coroner, and Kilkenny Hurling Team Doctor for many interesting and successful decades received the Honorary Fellowships of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCPI & RCSI. 

These two distinguished doctors have made major contributions to medicine and sport and the development and standing of Sports and Exercise Medicine, both nationally and internationally over many decades.

To view President McAleese's address please view http://www.president.ie/index.php?section=5&speech=535〈=eng.

To visit the RCPI website please view http://www.rcpi.ie/News/Pages/PresidentMcAleeseopensFacultyofSportsandExcerciseMedicineannualscientificmeeting.aspx.