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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.

Summer Research Fellows at DCRA

on Monday, 16 June 2014. Posted in Medical Research, Press Releases

photo summer research students 2014-smallThanks to the proceeds from last year's Breast Ball we are hosting three summer research fellows to undertake exciting work at Breast Centre North West in collaboration with Donegal Clinical Research Academy. Previous research carried out here has been published in international and national journals as well as having been presented at international, national and local conferences and symposiums. The research fellows, David Sciascia, Dearbhla Hillick and Eoghan Shanley are medical students at National University Ireland (NUI) Galway. Included in the photo is Alison Johnston, clinical research nurse at Breast Centre North West.

Inaugural Breast Cancer Course

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Press Releases, Education

Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course

Course Goals August 15th 2014

Understanding the principles of multidisciplinary breast cancer treatment is crucial to providing optimal breast care. This practical course consisting of lectures and interactive sessions will make you comfortable in the core knowledge of all aspects of breast care. While the course will have a strong surgical focus it will reflect the normal interaction between disciplines who make up the Breast Team.

Who should attend

  • · Surgical Trainees (General/Plastic)
  • · Oncology Trainees
  • · Radiology Trainees
  • · Pathology Trainees
  • · GP's with special Breast Interest
  • · Breast Nurses
  • • Mammographers

The Course is highly interactive with illustrated clinical cases and videos. It will walk you through the average day in a breast unit/clinic and theatre setting,
providing up to-date breast knowledge. You will gain an understanding of the basics of breast cancer care, as advocated by national and international guidelines. It will be delivered in the highly successfully entertaining DRCA educational style. The meeting will stimulate your mind to think laterally and will finish with a provocative lecture on endoscopic breast surgery.
When you leave the course we hope you will be thrilled with a great days education.

Donegal Clinical Research Academy would like to thank RCSI 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 

August 15th 2014 Venue Royal College of Surgeons Dublin Albert Lecture Room

International Faculty

Sandra Brennan USA
Petrousjka van den Tol Holland
Koji Yamashita Japan

©Copyright DCRA 2014

Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course Schecule

08.00 Welcome Patterns and Risk in Breast Cancer Chair J Martin

08.05 Patterns and Outcomes in Breast Cancer Ray McLaughlin
08.20 Interactive Risk Assessment Michael Sugrue
08.30 Risk Assessment Yvonne Hanhauser
Triple Assessment

Chair K Barry
0845 Clinical Assessment – Minimum Standards Michael Sugrue

09.00 Case Discussion Panel Stewart McGowan MacGregor Brown
09.15 Principles of Imaging Sandra Brennan
09.30 Case Discussion Panel McGowan McGowan McLaughlin
09.45 Pathological assessment Cecily Quinn
10.00 Case Disucssion Panel ODowd Keane van denTol Kerin
10.45 MDT Decision Making Chair K Duffy
10.45 Group pre-assessment Test Quiz Cases

11.00 Oncology for Breast Cancer Maccon Keane
11.15 Case Discussion Panel Duffy Kerin MacGregor
11.30 Radiotherapy Who When Where Osama Salib
11.45 Case Panel Martin Keane Brown
12.00 Optimising Surgery Petrousjka van denTol
12.15 Case Discussion Panel Hill Quinn Jones Quinn
12.30 Surgery of the Axilla Michael Kerin
12.15 Case Discussion Panel McLoughlin Martin Keane Dowd
13.00 Lunch Meet the Sponsors

What You Need to Know in Breast Recon Chair M Kerin

13.45 Imaging as an aid to resection Sandra Brennan
14.00 Case Scenario Panel McGowan McLaughlin van denTol
14..30 Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction R McLaughlin
14.45 Case Scenario Panel Kerin Jones Duffy Yamashita
15.00 Free Flaps Pro's and Con's Deidre Jones Panel van denTol Salib Keane Kerin

15.15 Afternoon Tea Putting it all together

15.40 Patient follow up Arnie Hill

15.45 Case Scenario 1 Panel Barry Brennan van denTol
16.10 Case Scenario 2 Panel McLaughlin Hanhauser Yamashita
16.30 Case Scenario 3 Panel Hill O'Dowd Martin
16.50 Key Learning Points Michael Sugrue
17.15 Inaugural Frontier Lecture Endoscopic Breast Cancer Surgery 400 cases later
Where to next ? Koji Yamashita
17.40 Meeting Close
Cocktail reception 17.45-18.30 RCSI

Registration Fee 100 € Contact Denise Colgan RCSI 00 353 1 4022188 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Enquiries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sandra Brennan Radiologist USA
Kevin Barry Surgeon Castebar Letterkenny
Karen Duffy Oncologist Letterkenny
Deirdre Jones Plastic Surgeon Galway
Yvonne HanHauser Breast Nurse Dublin
Arnie Hill Professor Surgery Beaumont Dublin
Maccon Keane Oncologist Galway
Michael Kerin Professor Surgery Galway
Joe Martin Radiotherapy Galway
Ray McLoughlin Surgeon Galway
Geraldine MacGregor Breast Nurse Letterkenny
Ann McGowan Mammographer Letterkenny
Katherine McGowan Radiologist Letterkenny
Gerry O'Dowd Pathologist Letterkenny
Cecily Quinn Pathologist Dublin

Osama Salib Radiation Oncologist Dublin
Paul Stewart Family Doctor Donegal
Michael Sugrue Surgeon Letterkenny
Petrusjka Van Den Tol Surgeon Holland
Koji Yamashita Surgeon Japan

©Copyright DCRA 2014

University Teaching Award

on Wednesday, 18 December 2013. Posted in Press Releases

for NUIG senior lecturer based at Letterkenny Medical Academy.

Dr Seamus McGuire was recently conferred with a 2013 President's Award for Teaching Excellence by Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway at the winter medical conferring ceremony.

These prestigious awards recognise the efforts of NUI Galway academic staff to ensure that students receive the highest quality learning experience. Four awards are given each year, chosen from across all NUIG faculties. In 2013, the judging panel considered 34 nominations (27 individual, 7 group), each demonstrating teaching excellence. The nomination process is initiated by students, based on detailed evaluation of their lecturers.

Dr McGuire, formerly a consultant Paediatrician at Letterkenny General Hospital, is currently a senior lecturer in Paediatrics based at Letterkenny Medical Academy. He is a medical graduate of NUI Galway and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. He completed his postgraduate training in Paediatrics at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr McGuire believes that medical students learn most effectively when they are integrated into the clinical team during their Paediatrics module, participating actively and immersing themselves in departmental activities while under close supervision and guidance of senior clinical staff. The small group learning approach at Letterkenny Medical Academy is ideal, he believes, for providing a high-standard of medical education in a real clinical setting.

Minister for Health endorses Donegal Clinical Research Academy

on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in Press Releases

minister jrmsDate: 3rd March 2014

The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly endorses the development of the Donegal Clinical Research Academy. Today Mr Michael Sugrue, Secretary of the Donegal Clinical Academy Trust and Minister Reilly briefly discussed the proposed development for Research and Education Facilities. The Minister strongly endorses the advancement of Research and Education in Ireland and welcomes the development in the North West.