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    Putting their heads together for cancer research

    23 Feb 2017

    Pictured L to R at the announcement of a research collaboration between the RCSI and biopharmaceutical company Almac Discovery to target therapy-resistant cancer tumours are Dr Graham Cotton, Senior R&D Group Leader, Almac Discovery; Prof Tracy Robson, Head of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics, RCSI; and Prof Tim Harrison, Vice President, Discovery Chemistry, Almac Discovery. The project will explore the potential of a drug, based on initial research by RCSI’s Prof Robson and developed by Almac Discovery, which is currently undergoing a phase 1 dose escalation trial for patients with solid tumours. It is expected that the trial will be expanded in a biomarker-selected patient population within ovarian cancer, however the drug, ALM201, has the potential to treat a range of other cancers.

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    Doctors in the House

    Bobby Studio | 09 Feb 2017

    Pictured last week outside Leinster House are ICGP National Director of GP Training Dr Karena Hanley and ICGP Director of the Postgraduate Resource Centre Dr Brendan O’Shea, where they informed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health about the need to address the crisis in recruitment and retention of GPs. The situation could be solved by delivering a new GP contract in 2017 through supports for emerging graduates and more flexible working conditions, they outlined. The College highlighted recent research predicting shortages of over 1,000 doctors in general practice in the next 10 years. Currently, 36 per cent of GPs are aged over 55 years and 16 per cent of new GP graduates emigrate immediately on completion of training. See news story on p3 for the latest on GMS recruitment problems.

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    Mindo Cartoon - 9 February 2017

    09 Feb 2017

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    Sleeves rolled-up for heart failure treatment

    26 Jan 2017

    An innovative soft robotic sleeve that can help a heart to beat has been developed by researchers, including biomedical engineer Dr Ellen Roche of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr Roche is pictured at the university, where she is now a postdoctoral researcher. The soft robotic sleeve wraps around the organ, twisting and compressing in synch with the beating heart, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure. The research has been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Dr Roche is the paper’s first author and former PhD student at the Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and The Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. The research took place at Harvard and at Boston Children’s Hospital. While ventricular assist devices are already used to sustain end-stage heart failure patients awaiting transplant, they extend lives albeit at a high risk due to the number of complications that can occur due to their design.

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    Providing a Safetynet for vulnerable patients

    26 Jan 2017

    Dr Fiona O’Reilly, General Manager, Safetynet Primary Care, receiving a cheque from IHCA President Dr Tom Ryan on behalf of the Association. The charitable donation will be used for the provision of primary healthcare to homeless people in Ireland. Safetynet Primary Care delivers free healthcare to people who are homeless in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

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    Mindo Cartoon - 26 January 2017

    26 Jan 2017

    Fair Deal

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    Investigating treatment options for pancreatic cancer

    11 Jan 2017

    Pictured is Prof John Callan, The Norbrook Chair in Pharmaceutical Science at Ulster University and lead researcher in an investigation that could deliver improved treatment options for patients with pancreatic cancer. Last year, Ulster University scientists identified a new therapy that can selectively target pancreatic cancer tumours using microbubble technology combined with harmless sound waves. Now, a new Ulster University study, in partnership with the University of Oxford and funded with £180,000 from UK national charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF), will investigate if the microbubble technology can provide a similar boost alongside traditional radiotherapy treatments.

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    Breathing life into medical training

    20 Dec 2016

    Pictured at the recent launch of the Donegal Medical Academy were Minister for Health Simon Harris with Mr Muyiwa Aremu, Dean of Medical Education in Donegal, and medical student Ms Philippa Eaton. An NUI Galway partnership with Saolta University Health Care Group and Letterkenny University Hospital for the training of doctors, the Academy is housed in a purpose-designed facility located on the grounds of Letterkenny University Hospital. The building contains teleconferencing facilities, a lecture theatre, a clinical skills space and student reading room.

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    Mindo Cartoon - 22 December 2016

    20 Dec 2016

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    25 Nov 2016

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    Establishing a firm footing in general practice

    Bobby Studios | 25 Nov 2016

    Pictured at the ICGP Winter Meeting 2016 in Athlone are the NEGs Committee from L to R: Dr Sheila Loughman; Dr Carol Sinnott; Dr David O’Connell; Dr Laura Noonan, NEGs Director; Dr Louise Malone; Dr Irina Berkun; Dr Jim Harty; and Dr Sinead MacEoin. The meeting heard about the drop-off in HPV vaccine uptake and the need to better resource Irish general practice. See p8 for full coverage

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    Vision for the future of eye care services

    16 Nov 2016

    Pictured are Dr Paul Kenna, Director of Research, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin; Mr Kevin Whelan, CEO, Fighting Blindness; and Mr Jason Smyth, Paralympic Gold Medallist and Fighting Blindness ambassador, during the RETINA 2016 conference. Fighting Blindness has called on the Government to urgently publish the HSE Review of Primary Care Eye Services and commit to fully fund and implement the recommendations of the report, which is in the final stages of development. As previously reported by the Medical Independent, the plan would see greater emphasis on eye care services being delivered in the community for stable chronic conditions and thus free-up valuable hospital resources and time for more critical acute cases. The latest NTPF figures show ophthalmology had the highest waiting list for hospital inpatient and day case treatment at 13,237 patients, with more than one-in-four waiting for more than a year, and the fifth-highest waiting list for outpatient treatment at 31,868, with one-in-five waiting more than a year.

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