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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.

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.
dcra breast course July2015


Dr. Michael Sugrue promotes Donegal and DCRA in Europe.

on Tuesday, 02 June 2015.

Dr. Michael Sugrue promotes Donegal and DCRA in Europe.

Mr Michael Sugrue recently spoke to three hundred surgeons from forty countries in Berlin on wound care and shared his experience from Letterkenny General Hospital and DCRA. He outlined in addition the excellent outcomes from appendicectomy at the hospital. 

Donegal Clinical Research Academy leads the way in Emergency Surgery Education.

on Tuesday, 26 May 2015. Posted in Education

Donegal Clinical Research Academy leads the way in Emergency Surgery Education.

Donegal Clinical Research Academy leads the way in Emergency Surgery Education.

Donegal Clinical Research Academy hosted another successful course on Emergency Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on the April 10th 2015. 60 delegates from Ireland and overseas attended this one day course; the International faculty were from Portugal, Spain, the UK, Italy and the United States.

In 2014 this course was the winner of the Irish Healthcare Awards for best educational meeting. The feedback from the delegates was again outstanding; reflecting the mature nature of this course which Donegal Clinical Research Academy now runs in Spain and Portugal. Parts of the course have also been run in Italy and Central America.

New Break Through Research

on Tuesday, 26 May 2015. Posted in Medical Research

New breaking research from Donegal Clinical Research Academy in the Breast Unit North West has identified that patients who failed to attend for BreastCheck or be screened for high risk family history have a delayed presentation in terms of cancer size and stage. Alison Johnston has presented this data at the European Society of Surgical Oncology in Liverpool and it was recently published.

Johnston A, Curran S and Sugrue M. (2015) Failure to Engage in Breast Screening and Risk Assessment Results in More Advanced Stage at Diagnosis. Advances in Breast Cancer Research, 4, 53-62. doi: 10.4236/abcr.2015.42006.

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.

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.