Letterkenny University Hospital in conjunction with Donegal Clinical Research Academy and the Centre for Personalised Medicine, supported by INTERREG/SEUBP funding, is making international important contributions to research. This week three medical students had the unique opportunity of presenting their data undertaken at Letterkenny University Hospital at the 48th World Congress Surgery in Krakow, Poland. Their scientific papers were extremely well received. The meeting was attended by almost 2000 surgeons from around the world.
These three presentations looked at new techniques in surgical site infection control in emergency surgery, the role of x-rays in determining the importance of stones in the common bile duct and the natural history of common bile duct stones. Local students all based in Donegal, Cherian Mathew (Letterkenny), Eoin Donnellan (Ballybofey) and Deirdre Foley (Carndonagh) had a unique and fulfilling experience at the start of their medical careers. Their presentations were extremely well received.
Mr Michael Sugrue, who leads the research surgical programme at the hospital, was particularly proud that such presentations reached the standard to be presented as free papers at an international podium. This follows on the award winning research by Kate Bailey and Caroline McIntyre, both Professor William Campbell scholars from 2017 and 2018. Both of their papers have now been published in peer reviewed scientific journals. Mr Sugrue says he is very grateful for the support of Alison Johnston, Research Assistant at the hospital, Magda Bucholc at the Centre of Personalised Medicine at University of Ulster and INTEREGG for their support. Particularly Professor William Campbell’s donation to facilitate research has been well received and facilitated such tremendous innovations locally.