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Radiating expertise in cancer care – an interview with Dr Daniel Cagney

Following his recent return to Ireland after six years in the US, specialist in stereotactic radiation Dr Daniel Cagney spoke with Pat Kelly about taking the helm of radiation oncology at the Mater Private Network and the plans for this service. Dr Daniel Cagney recently returned to Ireland following a six-year stint at the Dana-Farber…

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Enhancing support and care for people with kidney disease

CEO of the Irish Kidney Association Ms Carol Moore speaks to Catherine Reilly about her first year at the helm and the pivotal issues affecting people with kidney disease Only 74 kidney transplants took place this year to the end of August. A life-changing event for the individuals who received organs, it is nevertheless a…

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The fluid identities of a doctor and writer – An interview with Dr Austin Duffy

Consultant Medical Oncologist Dr Austin Duffy’s second novel, Ten Days, was published earlier this year. He talks to David Lynch about routine, identity, and the act of writing The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of doctors’ lives, but one part that has remained constant for Dr Austin Duffy is his daily writing routine. “You…

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All in the Games – interview with Team Ireland’s CMO

Ahead of the Olympic Games, Emily Clarke Gifford spoke to Chief Medical Officer of Team Ireland, Dr James O’Donovan, about the preparation for the event and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic The Olympic Games in Tokyo was one of many major events delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Like Euro 2020, the…

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The right direction for cancer data

The newly appointed Director of the National Cancer Registry Ireland, Prof Deirdre Murray, spoke with Pat Kelly about taking the helm at the Registry in challenging times Prof Deirdre Murray has almost two decades of experience as a specialist in public health medicine, as well as long-standing expertise in managing large cancer datasets that are…

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Protecting public health through food safety controls

CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Dr Pamela Byrne talks to Catherine Reilly about the expansive role of the Authority and the growing and complex nature of food safety risks “We see food safety as primarily the protection of public health and that is something that is really critically important,” Dr Pamela Byrne…

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Covid-19 vaccination and the struggle for equity

Niamh Cahill speaks to GP and member of Access to Medicines Ireland Dr Kieran Harkin about why it is essential Covid-19 treatments and vaccines are made more accessible to developing countries When South Africans took to the streets in the 1990s calling for cheaper HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) drugs, Dr Kieran Harkin was struck by…

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A GP-pharmacist with a zeal for evidence

Niamh Cahill speaks to GP, pharmacist and entrepreneur Dr Paul Ryan about his passion for evidence-based treatment in primary care When Dr Paul Ryan made the decision to leave his full-time, pensionable job as a pharmacist at Cork University Hospital (CUH) to pursue a career in medicine, a long road lay ahead. It would be…

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Right-touch regulation

Credited as helping to improve the reputation of the Medical Council among doctors, GP Dr Rita Doyle is finishing her term as President. She spoke to Catherine Reilly about an eventful three years Dr Rita Doyle’s term as Medical Council President began at the height of the CervicalCheck controversy. It concludes amid a major cybersecurity…

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Cancer care without borders

An agreement was signed recently that aims to further progress cancer care and research on the island of Ireland, despite Brexit and Covid-19. CEO of Cancer Trials Ireland Ms Eibhlín Mulroe spoke with Pat Kelly about the implications of the deal The Ireland-Northern Ireland-US National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Consortium agreement was first signed in…

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