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4th Annual Multidisciplinary Research Symposium Takes Place.

on Monday, 07 December 2015. Posted in Medical Research, Press Releases

Letterkenny University Hospital’s 4th Annual Multidisciplinary Research Symposium was held on Friday 27th November 2015. It was a hugely successful event showcasing the extensive range and quality of multidisciplinary clinical research being undertaken at the hospital. The judging panel had a tough job adjudicating as the calibre of research presented on the day was of an extremely high quality.

Two invited guest speakers delivered stimulating lectures on their specialist areas.  Dr Sam Huddart, Consultant Anaesthetist NHS Foundation Trust, Redditch UK, gave a stimulating talk on ‘Quality improvement and emergency laparotomy. Dr Petrousjka van den Tol, a Consultant Breast Surgeon from the University Hospital of Amsterdam Holland, shared her work on ‘New developments in Dutch Breast Cancer Surgery’. All the prizewinners (pictured below) were presented with their medals by Dr Sam Huddart and Dr Petrousjka van den Tol. MultidisciplinaryResearchSymposium

 

Pictured: Mary Byrne, NUIG,
receiving her 1st place medal for best medical students’ oral presentation. Mary’s research, centred on the bacterium-Yersinia entercolitica, was entitled ‘Is Yersinia entercolitica as a cause of community-acquired diarrhoea in the west of Ireland underdetected? A comparison of selective culture and molecular detection.

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Pictured: Dr Sinead O’Gorman, Consultant in Emergency Department, accepting the 1st place medal for best medical students’ poster presentation on behalf of Eoin Farrell. Eoin’s poster related to the ‘Development of a model to predict bed requirements for patients requiring admission from the Emergency Department’.

MultidisciplinaryResearchSymposium3Pictured: Dr Ashfaque Memon - Reg with Dr Miranda receiving his 1st place medal for best NCHD oral presentation. Dr Memon’s research was on ‘Thromboprophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation admitted by the medical team’. Best poster in the NCHD category went to Dr Michael Casey- SHO with Dr Keatings- who carried out an audit on emergency oxygen administration in Letterkenny University Hospital.

MultidisciplinaryResearchSymposium4Pictured: Alison Johnston, Research Nurse at Breast Centre North West, accepting the 1st place medals for best Allied health professionals’ oral and poster presentations. Alison presented the results of a research project carried out at Breast Centre North West, this study looked specifically at evaluating the current assessment and screening of primary relatives of breast cancer patients.

Letterkenny University Hospital’s re-excision rate in conservative breast cancer is one third the national average. A low re-excision rate must be a balance between oncological, functional and cosmetic outcomes. Better Outcomes for Breasts (BOBs Project) is a new exciting, objective patient-outcomes monitoring tool developed at the Breast Unit. The breast nurse specialist Geraldine MacGregor and Alison Johnston, research nurse, were delighted that their poster describing the development of this new outcomes tool in women undergoing breast conserving surgery  was 1st place winner in the Allied health professionals category.

Saolta CEO Awards

on Monday, 07 December 2015. Posted in Education

Saolta CEO Awards

The Breast Team at Letterkenny University Hospital and Donegal Clinical Research Academy attended the Saolta CEO Awards on 13th November 2015 in Sligo. Their Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Course was a finalist in the Education and Training category. Pictured left to right: Mr Paddy Rooney- Assistant General Manager at Letterkenny University Hospital, Geraldine MacGregor- Breast Nurse Specialist, Mr Maurice Powers- CEO of Saolta, Ann McGowan-Mammographer and Alison Johnston- Breast Research Nurse. Missing from the Team photo are Dr Katherine McGowan, Dr Jiri Vyskocl, Dr Hajnalka Gyorffy and Mr Michael Sugrue.
Saolta CEO AwardsBreast Centre North West and Donegal Clinical Research Academy organised this 2nd international Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary course at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on Friday 31st July 2015. This course is unique in that it brings together all the disciplines involved in breast cancer care in a one day course that is a mixture of the latest evidence in breast cancer care and case scenario discussion. All attendees are exposed to some of the latest developments in breast cancer care.
This course is unique worldwide and it has received excellent reviews from its initial debut last year. Four international world leaders in breast cancer care complemented the excellent National Faculty of twenty consultants in surgery, radiology, oncology, pathology, radiation oncology nursing and allied health. The international leaders included Mr Asgeirsson from Iceland, Professor Degnim from the Mayo Clinic United States, Ms MacNeill from The Royal Marsden, London and Dr Rubio from Barcelona in Spain.
Mr Michael Sugrue, course convener, said the day was highly successful and rated by the attendees as one of the best breast cancer courses that they had attended.

Letterkenny University Hospital wins National Research Prize

on Friday, 23 October 2015. Posted in Medical Research, Press Releases

Good News for The Breast Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital.

The Breast Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital, Breast Centre North West, was recently awarded with the William O’Keeffe prize in surgery at the Waterford Surgical meeting in conjunction with Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland held on the 17th October 2015.


Michelle Choynowski was awarded the William O’Keeffe prize for best original research and October 2015 Michelle JavidJavid Ghomashi was awarded best prize for poster presentation of original research.

Mr Michael Sugrue, Breast Surgeon, was delighted with the outcome; he was particularly pleased as these two summer research students, 3rd and 4th year medical students at NUIG, were in competition against Surgical Registrars and those undertaking thesis and Masters in surgery. Michelle Choynowski’s work looked at variability and re-excision rates nationally and internationally following breast conservative surgery. This research was prompted by the desire to avoid repeat surgery in patients undergoing conservative breast surgery. Mr Michael Sugrue is particularly pleased as Letterkenny University Hospital has one of the lowest re-excision rates in Ireland and has been to the forefront nationally and internationally in providing one stop surgery to avoid re-operation. Currently the hospital’s re-excision rate is under 10% compared to 33% nationally.

Javid winning poster presentation 2015Alison Johnston, Research Co-Ordinator at the unit who is funded by community donations, said that Javid Ghomashi’s work had been pivotal in the new Better Outcomes for Breasts (BOB) Project being undertaken at the hospital. Javid’s work had identified the variability in lymphedema internationally and came up with a range of new measures which have been implemented at Letterkenny University Hospital; all patients now undergoing conservative breast surgery are entered into the BOB Project with careful monitoring of their functional and cosmetic results. Breast Centre North West has received awards over the years but this award is particularly pleasing. Mr Sugrue said that the community funding had allowed research to take place at the unit and this year six summer research fellows contributed to an exciting research programme. Their information and data will be presented at the annual Hospital Research Day on 27th November 2015, the same day as our Breast Ball.

DCRA Continues its International Education Program

on Tuesday, 18 August 2015. Posted in Education

DCRA continues its international education program with Leaders in Surgery from Iberian peninsula and South America when it runs its third Portuguese Surgery Course in Coimbra Portugal this November

Mr Sugrue says it is a great honour that this course, developed in Letterkenny Hospital has received such international acclaim. It will be run in Asia and South America next year

Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course Took Place Friday July 31st, 2015.

on Friday, 07 August 2015. Posted in Press Releases, Education

Breast Centre North West and Donegal Clinical Research Academy organised an international Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary course at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on Friday 31st July 2015. This course is unique in that it brings together all the disciplines involved in breast cancer care in a one day course that is a mixture of the latest evidence in breast cancer care and case scenario discussion. All attendees are exposed to some of the latest developments in breast cancer care.

Geraldine MacGregor, Breast Nurse Specialist at Letterkenny Hospital, said that this course is unique worldwide and it has received excellent reviews from its initial debut last year. She was pleased that Letterkenny could bring four international world leaders in breast cancer care to Ireland to complement the excellent National Faculty of twenty consultants in surgery, radiology, oncology, pathology, radiation oncology nursing and allied health. The international leaders included Mr Asgeirsson from Iceland, Professor Degnim from the Mayo Clinic United States, Ms MacNeill from The Royal Marsden, London and Dr Rubio from Barcelona in Spain.

Mr Michael Sugrue said the day was highly successful and rated by the attendees as one of the best breast cancer courses that they had attended.


Faculty Breast Course July 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the Faculty members of the 2nd Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course held in Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. From left to right: Geraldine MacGregor, Kevin Barry, Hajnalka Gyorffy, Jiri Vyskocil, Fiona MacNeill, John Kennedy, Kristjan Asgeirsson, Isobel Rubio, Katherine McGowan, Reem Salman and Michael Sugrue.

 

Ms MacNeill Royal Marsden London lecturing at the course.
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Dr. Michael Sugrue promotes Donegal and DCRA in Europe.

on Tuesday, 02 June 2015.

Dr. Michael Sugrue promotes Donegal and DCRA in Europe.

Mr Michael Sugrue recently spoke to three hundred surgeons from forty countries in Berlin on wound care and shared his experience from Letterkenny General Hospital and DCRA. He outlined in addition the excellent outcomes from appendicectomy at the hospital. 

Donegal Clinical Research Academy leads the way in Emergency Surgery Education.

on Tuesday, 26 May 2015. Posted in Education

Donegal Clinical Research Academy leads the way in Emergency Surgery Education.

Donegal Clinical Research Academy leads the way in Emergency Surgery Education.

Donegal Clinical Research Academy hosted another successful course on Emergency Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on the April 10th 2015. 60 delegates from Ireland and overseas attended this one day course; the International faculty were from Portugal, Spain, the UK, Italy and the United States.

In 2014 this course was the winner of the Irish Healthcare Awards for best educational meeting. The feedback from the delegates was again outstanding; reflecting the mature nature of this course which Donegal Clinical Research Academy now runs in Spain and Portugal. Parts of the course have also been run in Italy and Central America.

New Break Through Research

on Tuesday, 26 May 2015. Posted in Medical Research

New breaking research from Donegal Clinical Research Academy in the Breast Unit North West has identified that patients who failed to attend for BreastCheck or be screened for high risk family history have a delayed presentation in terms of cancer size and stage. Alison Johnston has presented this data at the European Society of Surgical Oncology in Liverpool and it was recently published.

Johnston A, Curran S and Sugrue M. (2015) Failure to Engage in Breast Screening and Risk Assessment Results in More Advanced Stage at Diagnosis. Advances in Breast Cancer Research, 4, 53-62. doi: 10.4236/abcr.2015.42006.

Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course.

on Tuesday, 26 May 2015. Posted in Education

Friday July 31st, 2015.

Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course.

Donegal Clinical Research Academy is proud to work with the Breast Centre North West in delivering and supporting the development of the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course on July 31st in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin. Four international world leaders in breast cancer are attending the meeting, it promises to be one of the more exciting interactive breast courses of 2015. The course is designed to incorporate all disciplines involved in the delivery of breast cancer care and it targets the latest developments in breast cancer delivery.

EASC Agenda

on Friday, 14 November 2014. Posted in Education

The EASC takes place on the 10th April, 2015

Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course
Afternoon

13.15 Management Upper GI Bleed
April 10th 2015 Dublin Ireland F Catena
08.00 Welcome Michael Sugrue
13.35 Case Scenario
8.05 What's good and Bad in Emergency
Surgery
Michael Sugrue
08.25 Appendicitis The latest I Anderson
08.45 Case Scenario
Panel Cross Martinez McGrane
09.05 Diverticulitis Keys to Management
D Beddy
09.25 Case Scenario
Panel Mealy Mesquita Lawler

09.45
Management of LBO E Andrews
10.05 Case Scenario
Panel Beddy Kelleher Lawler
10.30 Morning Tea.
11.00
Pancreatitis D Jenkins
11.20 Case Scenario
Panel Steele Lawler Mealy
11.50
Cholangitis Complicated Cholecstitis
S Uranus
12.10 Case Scenario
Panel Kelleher McGrane Beddy
Lunch 12.30.

Meet the Sponsors

Panel
Kelleher Mealy Lawler

14.00
Management of Lower GI Bleed
D Mc Namara
14.20 Case Scenario
Panel Steele Lawler Jenkins
14.50
Acute Mesenteric Ischaemia S Cross
15.10-15.30 Afternoon Tea .

15.30
Small Bowel Obstruction I Martinez
15.50 Case Scenario
Panel Mesquita McGrane Mealy
16.20
When to open/close abdomen
M Sugrue
16.40 Case Scenario
Panel Uranus Lawler Jenkins
17.05
Summary M Sugrue
17.20
Close of Course K Mealy
Registration Fee 100 €

Contact Denise Colgan RCSI
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Faculty

Mr Emmet Andrews Colorectal surgeon Cork
Mr Iain Anderson Surgeon Manchester UK
Mr David Beddy Colorectal Surgeon Letterkenny
Mr Simon Cross Vascular/General Surgeon Waterford
Dr Don Jenkins Trauma.Emerg Surgeon Mayo Clinic USA
Dr Fausto Catena Surgeon Parma Italy
Dr Barry Kelleher Gastroenterologist Mater Dublin
Dr Leo Lawler Radiologist Mater Dublin
Dr Isidro Martinez Surgeon Torreveija Spain
Mr Ken Mealy Surgeon Co Lead Acute Hospital Program
Dr Carlos Mesquita Coimbra Portugal
Dr Siobhan McGrane Radiologst Letterkenny
Ms Debbie McNamara Colorectal Surgeon Beaumont Dublin
Dr Chris Steele Gastroenterologist Letterkenny
Mr Michael Sugrue Surgeon Letterkenny
Prof Selman Uranus Surgeon Gratz Austria

Sixth Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course

on Friday, 14 November 2014. Posted in Education

Sixth EASC takes place on the 10th April, 2015

Welcome to the Sixth Emergency Abdominal
Surgery Course. The first was held in Letterkenny
Donegal in May 2012 and the most recent in
Coimbra Portugal and Torreveija Spain. This
course builds on its success and is further
enhanced by an international faculty who are
leaders in Emergency Surgery.

World leading courses in Emergency Surgery are
well established with ESTES in Europe and
MOSES in Australia and New Zealand. EASC
curriculum focuses on the acute abdomen, in a
multidisciplinary shared learning approach. It will
bring you a level of discussion you have not heard
before and enhance your ability on-duty as a
surgeon, gastroenterologist or radiologist; either
as a trainee or a specialist. This course is about
the patient and common emergencies.

Course Goals

Understanding the natural history of key
emergency surgery presentations, with
emphasis on decision making and
operative/intervention tips and traps to optimise
outcome. This coupled with a manual
containing lectures and the latest literature
abstracts will ensure your patients are getting
optimal outcomes.

Who should attend ?If
you treat or manage a patient with an acute
abdomen this course is a must for you!

Donegal Clinical Research Academy would like to
thank the Colleges,Trade and RCSI in particular
for their support and the sponsors without whom
we could not share this course with you.

Michael Sugrue
Convenor
Donegal Clinical Research Academy
Letterkenny Hospital

www.dcra.ie

6th Emergency
Abdominal Surgery
Course

Friday April 10th 2015

Dublin

Ireland

Venue

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Albert Lecture Room

International Faculty

I Anderson UK
F Catena Parma Italy
D Jenkins Rochester USA
I Martinez Barcelona Spain
C Mesquita Coimbra Portugal
S Uranus Gratz Austria

DCRA Receive Two National Awards For Medical Education

on Friday, 14 November 2014. Posted in Press Releases, Education

Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course receives National recognition.

Recently the Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course (EASC) was awarded two significant peer judged regional and national awards for medical education.
The course developed in Letterkenny Hospital under the Donegal Clinical Research Academy mentorship, recently was the recipient for the National Irish Health Care Awards held in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on November 6th and the Saolta University Health Care Group CEO Awards in Galway on November 7th.

Mr Michael Sugrue, Surgeon , was delighted to accept the Irish Medical Health Care Award, with Dr Siobhan McGrane, Radiologist in Letterkenny. He indicated they were all delighted with the phenomenal success nationally and internationally of the course. Mr Sugrue said its success lay in the educational model used, and the fact that the course crossed all disciplines that deal with Emergency Care from Surgeons to Radiologist and Nurses..
Mr Sugrue said he would now like to expand on the development of quality indicators in Emergency Surgery and the course combined with other areas of research will ensure that patients do better. DCRA would be well positioned to do this.

The next course in Ireland will be on April 10th 2015 and will host 6 world leaders as well as Irish experts in Emergency Abdominal Care.
Mr Sugrue stated the program complimented the Irish Acute Surgery Program led by Professor Frank Keane and Mr Ken Mealy. He was grateful for support from RCSI and Letterkenny Hospital to allow the course to develop.

Alison Johnson Research Presentation

on Thursday, 30 October 2014. Posted in Medical Research, Press Releases

Alison Johnson Research Presentation

"Alison Johnston Research Nurse at the Breast Centre North West in Letterkenny Hospital presented her community funded research at the 34th European Society of Surgical Oncology in Liverpool UK this week. The project identified the need to ensure high risk women undergo screening and family history risk assessment . Her presentation was very well received and was the only Irish presentation at the convention."

Letterkenny Breast Cancer Research Programme success

on Thursday, 07 August 2014. Posted in Medical Research, Press Releases

Letterkenny Breast Cancer Research Programme success

Letterkenny General Hospital leading the way in improving outcomes in Breast Cancer Surgery

July 2014

photo summer research students 2014-smallThree medical students / summer research fellows linked to Letterkenny General Hospital, the Donegal Clinical Research Academy and University Hospital Galway have undertaken work to identify new potential techniques to reduce the volume of breast removed during conservative breast cancer surgery.

The three students, photographed with Clinical Research Nurse Alison Johnston - Dearbhla Hillick, Eoghan Shanley and David Sciascia – have been funded through public donations from members of the public in the North West.

Under the supervision of Alison Johnston, Clinical Research Nurse and Mr Sugrue, Lead Clinician and Consultant Breast Surgeon at LGH, the students have identified new techniques of breast volume measurement leading to patent filing and acceptance of their work at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting in San Francisco.

Mr Michael Sugrue commented, "Letterkenny Hospital has one of the lowest re-excision rates following breast conservative surgery in Ireland and one of the lowest in the world. The findings of the students' research are significant and I'm very happy with the progress the research programme is making".

This is the third consecutive year that the Letterkenny Hospital Breast Unit has undertaken a research fellowship programme for the summer, with a small stipend for the research fellows funded through generous donations from the community.

Letterkenny Hospital is a satellite to the designated cancer centre in Galway and is making a significant contribution to advancing clinical breast research in Ireland.

Mr Michael Sugrue and the team, with Dr Duffy, Consultant Oncologist; Dr McGowan, Consultant Radiologist; Dr O'Dowd, Consultant Pathologist; Dr Salib, Consultant Radiation/Oncology and Geraldine MacGregor, Breast Nurse Specialist, have established one of the first courses in the world for teaching multi disciplinary breast cancer care to health professionals.

This exciting one-day programme is being organised by the Donegal Clinical Research Academy and will take place next month. Three international guest speakers will attend including Dr Sandra Brennan from Sloan-Kettering in the United States, Petrousjka van den Tol from the Netherlands and Professor Koji Yamashita from Japan.