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Shining a light on rheumatology

Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR), Spring Meeting, Virtual, 13 May 2021 Irish Society for Rheumatology President Prof Geraldine McCarthy speaks to Catherine Reilly about the Society’s upcoming Spring Meeting and the challenges faced by the specialty in Ireland Last year, the Irish Society for Rheumatology’s (ISR) Spring Meeting was cancelled as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded.…

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The issues surrounding medical research

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Spring Conference, Virtual Meeting, 25-26 March 2021 The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland held its second virtual meeting on 25-26 March 2021. The theme of the Spring Conference was ‘Science and Psychiatry,’ and featured many interesting speakers and presentations over the two days.Prof Seamus O’Mahony recently retired as Consultant…

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The concept behind the Lighthouse Parent Programme

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Spring Conference, Virtual Meeting, 25-26 March 2021 Mr Gerry Byrne, Consultant Nurse, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and Adult Psychotherapist, is Head of Attachment and Perinatal Services for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Infant Parent Perinatal Service, and the ReConnect Service. Mr Byrne is also the founder of the…

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The importance of psychiatric diagnosis

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Spring Conference, Virtual Meeting, 25-26 March 2021 Prof Tom Burns, Professor Emeritus of Social Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, spoke at the conference about the importance of diagnosis in psychiatric care. Prof Burns began by highlighting to the audience the fact that clinical psychiatry is a relatively new…

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Neuroscience for psychiatrists

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Spring Conference, Virtual Meeting, 25-26 March 2021 Dr Wendy Burn, former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), and Dr Gareth Cuttle, Project Manager of the RCPsych Neuroscience Project, spoke at the conference about the RCPsych Neuroscience Project, which began in 2016 as a two-year initiative and was…

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At the heart of the community

In advance of this month’s IMO annual general meeting, Chair of the Organisation’s public health and community health committee, Dr Ann Hogan, outlines the vital role of community health doctors and the part they have playedin the response to the Covid-19 pandemic As we prepare for the second virtual annual general meeting of the IMO…

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When does something cease to be ‘new’?

Dr Clive Kilgallen, Chair of IMO consultant committee, writes that it is high time the 30 per cent salary cut imposed almost a decade ago, on a substantial number of consultants, is reversed How long before we can finally retire the divisive term ‘new-entrant’ consultant to describe those doctors who were subjected to a unilateral…

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Forward momentum on NCHD concerns in spite of Covid-19

Senior Industrial Relations Officer with the IMO, Mr Paul Maier, describes the major issues facing NCHDs at this challenging time Since the beginning of the pandemic, the NCHD body has been at the forefront of the Covid-19 response. The IMO, on behalf of its members, engaged with the HSE on the critical issues around personal…

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ISMO Travel Bursary Awards 2021

The ISMO meeting featured some of the best cancer research currently being undertaken in Ireland This year’s Irish Society of Medical Oncology (ISMO) annual meeting took place on Friday, 29 January 2021. As a result of Covid-19, the meeting was held virtually, streaming live from the Fintan Gunne Theatre, Catherine McAuley Centre, Mater Misericordiae University…

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