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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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Mastering the art of listening

Former hostage and crisis negotiator Ms Cathy MacDonald talks to Clíona Hughes about how medical professionals can improve their communication skills and the presentation she delivered at the RCPI There are many things that run parallel between hostage and crisis negotiation and the medical world”, according to former hostage and crisis negotiator Ms Cathy MacDonald.…

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New homeless healthcare service fills gap in care

June Shannon talks to Safetynet’s Dr Angela Skuce about the recently established Step Up and Step Down Intermediate Care Centre, which is providing a vital health service for homeless people “They are all people who could be looked after at home, if they had a home.” This is how Dr Angela Skuce, Safetynet Primary Care…

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The need for a fairer approvals process for cancer drugs

Prof Bryan Hennessy, Clinical Lead, Cancer Trials Ireland, talks to Niamh Cahill about the frustrations among cancer clinicians regarding the drug approvals process and the challenges of conducting cancer trials in Ireland In January Minister for Health Simon Harris announced State reimbursement would be provided for the drug pembrolizumab (pembro) for all cervical cancer patients…

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How to implement the national strategy for cancer

Paul Mulholland speaks to Director of the National Cancer Control Programme Dr Jerome Coffey about the implementation of the national cancer strategy and the current state of cancer services It is 13 years since the publication of A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland. The cervical cancer screening controversy last year made it easy to…

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