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Summer Research Fellows 2017

on Monday, 14 August 2017. Posted in Latest News, Medical Research

Breast Centre North West and DCRA

Summer Research Fellows 2017

research students 2017 LetterkennyThis year we are hosting four summer research fellows to undertake exciting work at Breast Centre North West in collaboration with Donegal Clinical Research Academy. Three of the research fellows are being kindly funded through proceeds from last year’s Breast Ball and from Letterkenny University Hospital’s Medical Education Department. The fourth, Katie Bailey, was the recipient of the Professor William Campbell Inaugural Scholarship. Previous research carried out at the Unit 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, Adibah Badrin, Jack Lawler, Úna Maguire and Katie Bailey are medical students at National University Ireland (NUI) Galway and University College Dublin (UCD). Included in the photo is Alison Johnston, clinical research nurse at Breast Centre North West. Alison’s position is generously funded through community and industry donations.

Breast cancer outcomes in primary relatives

on Monday, 14 August 2017. Posted in Latest News, Medical Research

Cancer outcomes in primary relatives

Breast cancer outcomes in primary relatives

Breast Centre North West at Letterkenny University Hospital has recently published the results of original research targeting breast cancer outcomes in primary relatives, that is mothers, sisters and daughters, of those with breast cancer. Alison Johnston, Research Co-ordinator at the Breast Unit -funded by community donations from the North West, was pleased with the publication of the article in Molecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine in May 2017. She said the research identified that 30% of primary relatives in the moderate risk group were not initially enrolled in guideline driven breast screening but were consequently led to an education path and enrolled into mammography screening. This has ensured that women at higher risk of developing breast cancer will be exposed to optimal screening programmes.
Ms Johnston said the current Breast Check programme provides an excellent opportunity for women between the ages of 50 and 64 and is currently being expanded to meet the needs just beyond that age group. Ms Johnston said that other women need a more tailored, personalised approach to breast screening and this is what this project is all about. This project has led to earlier detection in breast cancer in a number of patients on the basis of the work already done.
The Breast Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital is keen to ensure that those of moderate to high risk, between the ages of 40 and 50, in lieu of family history have the opportunity for a family doctor consultation, potential access to mammography and review in lieu of their family history at the Breast Centre or another Breast Unit in Ireland. Ms Johnston identified that early detection of breast cancer offers the best outcome for survival in what is a very positive outlook disease generally.
This work has been funded through very generous donations from the community in the North West and Annual Charity Breast Ball. It follows on from previous work identifying the opportunity to improve breast screening for those at higher risk; previously published from the Unit in Advances in Breast Cancer Research in 2015.
Please click here for link to the paper

Breast Centre North West Booklet Launch

on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Posted in Latest News, Medical Research

Read it here

Research booklet dcraBreast Centre North West over the last decade has made significant contributions to clinically based outcomes and patient focused research and education programmes.
All the research is funded through community and industry donations. A booklet outlining the research and educational accomplishments of the Unit over the last 5 years has recently been published.
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Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course (EASC) goes from strength to strength.

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in EASC, Latest News, Education

Since July 2016 when the Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course (EASC) was held locally in Lough Eske Castle Co Donegal, delivery has taken place in a number of countries worldwide including Sri Lanka, Brazil and Madeira.
2017 to date has been busy as the EASC was held in Cork, Ireland in February and was delivered to over 200 medical students at two venues in Ireland (Letterkenny, Jan 2017 and Dublin March 2017).
Later this year will see EASC delivery taking place in Greece (May 2017), in Calgary, Canada (June 2017) and Auckland, New Zealand (July 2017).
The flyer for the 18th EASC being held in Calgary, Canada on 14th June 2017 is downloadable here
Further details on EASC can be found here 

Professor William Campbell Medical Student Research Scholarship

on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in Donors, Latest News, Medical Research

Prof William C CampbellDonegal Clinical Research Academy is seeking applications for the inaugural Professor William Campbell Summer Medical Student Research Scholarship.
Professor Campbell from Ramelton in Donegal has made a generous donation to DCRA to foster medical research on an annual basis. This inaugural scholarship is now open for application.
The scholarship will take place in Letterkenny University Hospital in Co.Donegal and will be supervised by Mr Michael Sugrue (Surgeon)

If you wish to apply please send a covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with an up to date Curriculum Vitae. Please note, application closes on February 20th 2017.

The value of the Award will be €250/per week for 8 to 10 weeks

Requirement; Medical Student with a history of medical research ( Preference will be given to students from or living in Donegal)

Successful applicants to be notified February 24th 2017

Team at Breast Centre North West win Research Award

on Thursday, 12 January 2017. Posted in Latest News, Medical Research

Lenus award winners Dec 2016The team at Breast Centre North West received an award at the recent HSE Open Access Research Awards-2016. Lenus, the Irish Health Repository, and the HSE's Open Access Advisory Group host these awards to encourage and reward open access publishing in the health sector in Ireland. Open access to health information has been proven to increase citation, impact and can lead to the translation of research into better outcomes for patient care. The published research paper, which was winner within the National Cancer Control Programme category, is entitled -Failure to engage in breast screening and risk assessment results in more advanced stage at diagnosis- and is attached below.

Members of the Breast Centre North West team who were recipients of a beautiful piece of commissioned Cavan crystal at the recent HSE Open Access Research Awards. From left: Alison Johnston, Geraldine MacGregor, Vanessa Savva, Nicola Kelly and Clare Duffy.

Failure To Engage In Breast Screening & Risk Assessment.pdf

 

Letterkenny Welcomes Esteemed International Guest Speakers to Annual Symposium.

on Monday, 19 December 2016. Posted in Latest News, Medical Research

Letterkenny University Hospital’s 6th annual Multidisciplinary Research Symposium was held on Friday 25th November 2016. Three esteemed international guest speakers gave outstanding presentations on cutting edge issues in healthcare.
Firstly Professor Heber MacMahon from University of Chicago-USA, but originally from Co Donegal, relayed the latest advances and diagnostic imaging being used in their hospital in relation to lung cancer detection.
Dr Paul Moran, Consultant Anaesthetist and Trust Lead for Medical Simulation within NHS-UK, conveyed his Trust’s experiences using simulation training labs in relation to human factors and patient safety.
Finally Professor Risal Djohan, Plastic and Breast surgeon and Vice Chairman at Dept Plastic Surgery-Cleveland Clinic USA, gave an insightful presentation on managing expectation in breast cancer surgery: Balancing complexity in cancer treatment and reconstruction.
Letterkenny University Hospital’s active clinical research culture was very evident today with around 50 Medical doctors, Medical students and Allied Professionals participating in the symposium and presenting their research both via oral and poster presentations.

Final year medical student gives honourable lecture at National surgical conference.

on Monday, 17 October 2016. Posted in Latest News, Medical Research

MS Michelle Stephanie at Waterford surgical Meeting Oct 16Ms Michelle Choynowski, currently a final year medical student at NUI Galway, has garnered national attention for being the youngest William O’Keeffe lecturer at the XXVIth Waterford Surgical October Meeting earlier this month – an honour typically given to surgical registrars and those undertaking postgraduate training in surgery. Her lecture, titled ‘Re-excision in breast-conserving surgery – a surmountable challenge?’ gave recommendations to reduce re-excision rates and was presented to surgeons travelling from within Ireland, the UK and the USA, including the Gordon Watson lecturer, Dr James O’Connor, who is the Chief of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery & Intensive Care at the second ranked trauma centre in the USA.

Ms Choynowski was invited to give the William O’Keeffe lecture after winning the William O’Keeffe award for best original research at last year’s conference. The prize-winning oral presentation, titled ‘Variability following positive margin breast-conserving surgery: a meta-analysis’, was performed under the supervision of Mr Michael Sugrue, Consultant general and breast surgeon at the Letterkenny University Hospital. Her research, funded by community donations from the North West, confirms the variability in re-excision rates worldwide and the need for international consensus guidelines to better manage patients undergoing breast-conserving surgery and prevent additional operations causing emotional distress, poorer oncological outcomes and further economic implications.


Ms Stephanie Vincent also presented her original research, carried out at Breast Centre North West-Letterkenny University Hospital in conjunction with the Donegal Clinical Research Academy, at this prestigious national meeting. Her study on ‘The Keys to Optimising Breast Wounds: A Meta-analysis’ aims to develop an evidence-based wound care bundle following meta-analysis identifying key risk factors and interventions for breast surgical site occurrences. Adopting a breast wound care bundle may streamline care and help reduce potential complications and cost.

Photo from left to right (Dr Gordon Watson, Ms Michelle Choynowski, Ms Stephanie Vincent and Mr Michael Sugrue) at the XXVIth Waterford Surgical October Meeting.

Ms. Alison Leong Recognised as an Outstanding Academic.

on Friday, 16 September 2016. Posted in Latest News, Medical Research

Research Student recognised as an outstanding academic at the international level.

Ms. Alison Leong Recognised as an Outstanding Academic.

Alison LeongResearch work carried out at Breast Centre North West by Ms Alison Leong (Research Medical Student) was a Highly Commended Entrant in The Undergraduate Awards of 2016. Her paper, entitled "Variations in Abnormal Nipple Discharge Management in Women- a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis" performed in the top 10% of all submissions in the Medical Sciences category 2016 programme; this identifies her as an outstanding academic at the international level. This year the Awards received 5,514 submissions from students in 243 universities across 40 countries. Alison will now attend the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit, a unique invitation-only event that will gather all the international Highly Commended Entrants and Winners together in Dublin, Ireland for a 3 day event.

undergrad awards

Critical Surgical Abdomen Conference July 22-26th 2016

on Wednesday, 20 July 2016. Posted in Latest News, Conferences, Education

Critical Surgical Abdomen Conference July 22-26th 2016

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World leaders in Emergency Surgery will meet in Dublin and Donegal on July 22nd to July 26th to describe new advances in the management of Emergency Surgery in patients with critical abdominal infections. 


resources imageA conference to be held over 2 days in Dublin at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has a faculty of 40 World Leaders. The World Society of Emergency Surgery, in conjunction with the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, have put together an exciting consensus meeting.
Followed by this 2 day Dublin meeting for the first time in the World consensus regarding resources for the management of Emergency Surgery patients will be outlined. The Donegal Emergency Surgery Summit has published a comprehensive discussion document outlining suggested requirements for resources ensuring to help in improving outcomes.
The conference co-convenor, Mr Michael Sugrue- Surgeon, said he was delighted to be able to host this meeting in Ireland reflecting on our long respected surgical history and our significant workload in Emergency Surgery. He was grateful for support from Letterkenny University Hospital and Donegal Clinical Research Academy for facilitating the summit with delegates from over 40 countries coming to Ireland and also Donegal.
Professor Luca Ansaloni from Bergamo, Italy, current President of the World Society in Emergency Surgery believes that the guidelines produced in Dublin and Donegal will help Clinicians who treat Emergency patients.
Professor Ron Maier, President Elect of the American College of Surgeons who co-edits Resources for Optimal care in Emergency Surgery said this was an important step forward and while not prescriptive acts as a discussion document to advance surgical care. This Summit, organised by Donegal Clinical Research Academy and supported by the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, the World Society of Emergency Surgery, HSE, and many International affiliated societies, will stress the importance of early management of the Emergency Surgery patient.

Critical imageTo finish the 4 days the World Leading Emergency Surgery training course will be held in Donegal with an International Faculty of 25 Surgeons. This is an exciting opportunity for those wishing to up skill in the key aspects of Emergency Surgery Care. This course, designed in Donegal in 2012, has now gone global; the course is run in Europe, South America, Asia and next year North America. Mr Michael Sugrue was proud that this Irish Course is now regarded as the World leading Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course. He feels it reflects well on the level of care provided in Ireland and the ability to collaborate with International Colleagues with co-edit resources for critical Emergency Surgery from around the globe.
Professor Catena from Italy is delighted that the World Society of Emergency Surgery are coming to Ireland and feels that guidelines from this conference will save many lives. Professor Ernest Moore on the organising committee will receive an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Professor Moore stated that to develop indicators in Emergency Surgery is pivotal to monitoring outcomes and he has been involved in this in Trauma Surgery for over 2 decades.

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