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.
- 1st Place – Oral presentation – Allied Professions category went to Alison Johnston, M Valentine, G MacGregor, W Felle, M Sugrue, for their study -Having low margin positivity can be associated with excellent breast outcomes. Award presented by Dr Paul Moran.
- Professor Risal Djohan took time out from his academic endeavours to enjoy some of Donegal’s famous Wild Atlantic Way. Seen here enjoying some of the spectacular views from Fanad Lighthouse.
- Dr Eamon Coyle, Director of Postgraduate Medical Education, presenting first place poster prize in the Allied Professions category to Kerry Alcorn for the team’s research on ‘LLETZ (Large Loop Excision of the Transformation Zone) Fragmentation: Impact on Margin Assessment and Cervical Biopsy – LLETZ Correlation’. Other members of the team included B. Melly, K Alcorn; Department of Histopathology Letterkenny University Hospital and T Muldoon; Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
- Mr Michael Sugrue (Breast and General Consultant), Katie Bailey (Medical Student), Alison Johnston (Research Nurse), Professor Risal Djohan (Plastic and Breast Surgeon), Stephanie Vincent and Mary Gallagher (Medical Students) attending the Multidisciplinary Research Symposium.
- 1st Place – Poster presentation – NCHD category went to Dr Mona Garba, Dr A Morrison, Dr T Sharkey, Dr T Ali; Psychiatry Department , LUH., for their study on Lithium Monitoring. Award presented by Dr Liam Bannon (Acting Dean of medical Academy).
- Dr Brian Callaghan, Consultant physician presenting first place poster prize to Dr Sarah Brennan (Department of General Practice) on behalf of the whole team: Eamonn McCrave, C Card, M Choynowski, J Manhas (Students of NUIG). Their research was on ‘Infant Nutrition and the Attitudes, Knowledge, and Beliefs of Medical Students Attending the National University of Ireland, Galway’. There were joint winners in this category -Medical student poster category: Ms Aamar Bonner, NUIG, Dr K. Mulpeters Geriatrician, LUH were the other winners for their research on “Identifying Frailty at the Front Door”
- 1st Place - Oral Presentation – Medical Student category went to Stephanie Vincent, M Gallagher, A Johnston, R Djohan, M Sugrue for their meta-analysis on The Keys to Optimising Breast Wounds. Award presented by Professor Risal Djohan
- 1st place Oral presentation –NCHD category went to Andrew Begg, M Ibrahim, M Connolly, M Sugrue from Surgical Dept at LUH. Their research was on Emergency Laparotomies: Performance and Outcomes. Award presented by Professor Risal Djohan