Breast Centre North West and DCRA
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Breast 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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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
Donegal 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)
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
The 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.
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.
Ms 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.
Mr Michael Sugrue, Nobel Laureate Professor William Campbell and Mr Zsolt Bodnar (new Consultant Surgeon) discussing Donegal Clinical Research Academy and on-going research at the Letterkenny University Hospital.
Professor Campbell is very supportive of developing research opportunities at the Hospital.
Research Student recognised as an outstanding academic at the international level.
Research 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.
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.
A 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.
To 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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