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Fostering good practice in mental health services

Last month Niamh Cahill spoke to Dr Susan Finnerty, Inspector of Mental Health Services at the Mental Health Commission, about its regulatory role, empowering service-users and the need for a greater focus on their overall healthcare needs Dr Susan Finnerty was working as a consultant psychiatrist in Co Clare when the Mental Health Commission (MHC)…

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Addressing hearing and vision impairment may help dementia

Prof Iracema Leroi speaks about her research and work with the European research programme, SENSE-Cog The notion of sensory cognitive health is a relatively new idea,” according to Prof Iracema Leroi, a dementia expert at the Global Brain Health Institute, Associate Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, and a Consultant Psychiatrist in St…

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Safeguarding the wellbeing of doctors

The RCPI’s Director of Health and Wellbeing Prof Gaye Cunnane speaks to Paul Mulholland about her role and why wellbeing should be at the forefront of doctors’ professional lives When Prof Gaye Cunnane was doing a three-year clinical and research Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, US, she received an acknowledgement from a…

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Dr Victor Montori’s patient-led revolution

Sandra Ryan speaks to Dr Victor Montori about why patients need to take the lead in reforming the healthcare system for their benefit and to improve the working lives of doctors Dr Victor Montori, endocrinologist and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, US, is one of the most cited clinical researchers in the world, having authored…

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What you need to know about CAR T-cell therapy

Sandra Ryan speaks to Consultant Haematologist Dr Larry Bacon about CAR T-cell therapy and reports on recent research which shows its benefits in the treatment of certain blood cancers The 2019 annual meeting of the American Society of Haematology (ASH), held on 6-10 December, was focused on what was described as “the next big thing”…

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Ophthalmology leading medicine in unlocking AI potential

Priscilla Lynch speaks to Dr Pearse Keane about his pioneering work in the field of artificial intelligence in medicine Artificial intelligence (AI) will very soon revolutionise the way patients are screened, diagnosed and treated. The specialty of ophthalmology is leading the way in unlocking its potential in the medical arena, according to one of the…

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Inspiration for the surgeons of tomorrow

Sarah Gallagher speaks to Prof Helen Heneghan, University College Dublin’s first female Academic Professor of Surgery, about what she hopes to accomplish in the role In June this year, University College Dublin (UCD) announced that bariatric surgeon Prof Helen Heneghan would be the new Academic Professor of Surgery.  “I hope to, for one, firstly influence…

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Remodelling of cystic fibrosis care in Ireland

Paul Mulholland speaks to HSE National Clinical Lead for Cystic Fibrosis Prof Charles Gallagher about the new model of care for the disease and its plans to change patient services for the better When cystic fibrosis (CF) is covered in the media, it is often in relation to access to the latest drug therapy. The…

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A stimulating career in military medicine

Colonel Dr Gerald Kerr, Outgoing Director of the Defence Forces’ Medical Branch, spoke to the Medical Independent about his more than 30 years of service in military medicine — an exhilarating journey with many challenges and opportunities In 1986, Colonel Dr Gerald Kerr began life as a military medical officer. It was seen as the…

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Reflecting on the cut and thrust of Irish surgery

The President of the RCSI Mr Ken Mealy speaks to Catherine Reilly about some of the pressing issues facing Irish surgery and the wider healthcare system Everyone wants to be a super specialist”, said RCSI President Mr Ken Mealy, speaking to the Medical Independent (MI) at his office on Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Super specialisation is…

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