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Nobel Prize winner supports the on-going development of Donegal Clinical Research Academy.

on Tuesday, 02 February 2016. Posted in Press Releases

William C Campbell

Nobel prize winner supports DCRA

IRISH Nobel William C Campbell Independent ieRamelton, County Donegal, is a beautiful heritage village located just 12km from Letterkenny University Hospital/Donegal Clinical Research Academy. It is the birth place of William C Campbell who was jointly awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites. Professor Campbell is a supporter of the on-going development of Donegal Clinical Research Academy.

Photo: Courtesy www.independent.ie

 

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NUI Galway Medical Academy at Letterkenny, December 2015.

on Monday, 07 December 2015. Posted in The Academy, Press Releases


Almost there, A beacon of light!
NUI Galway Medical Academy

NUI Galway Medical Academy at Letterkenny, December 2015. This modern campus is getting excitedly close to completion. Our medical students, who are such integral and participatory components of life in Letterkenny University Hospital, will soon have a ‘state of the art’ building within which they will have great facilities to help consolidate their learning.

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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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 www.dcra.ie 

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.

Faculty

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.