21st Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference

Covid-19 : Challenges, Experiences, Learning

27th November 2020, SUH / IT Sligo Via Remote Attendance


Chair – Dr. Anna Cleminson, Consultant, Palliative Care – SUH

Structure & Speaker



Session 1:    
Welcome / Acknowledgements – Dr Anna Cleminson, SUH 05 min 0930
Open / Grant Awards – Pat Timpson, Chair, REF – Sligo 10 min 0935
Laura Keaver – Nutrition in Oncology setting 10 min 0950
Dr. Imran Ali – Treat to Target programme 10 min 1005

Dr. Anthony Breslin – Director, Public Health, HSE – North West

Public Health, Ireland – An update

25 min 1020
Coffee Break 15 min 1050
Session 2:  

Prof. Molly Byrne, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

The behavioural vaccine: How Behavioural Science is informing the policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic

25 1110

SUH – Gen. Mgr. Grainne McCann / POD Prof Nash Patil

Managing the COVID-19 response at Sligo University Hospital

15 1140

SUH – Dr Katherine Finan, Consultant (Resp) Physician

The medical response at SUH to COVID-19

10 1200

SUH – Dr Wouter Jonker, Consultant Anaesthetist

A tidal wave or a Tsunami? Preparing Sligo ICU for COVID19

10 1210
SUH – Joint Q & A 10 1220

Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO

Global outlook – Covid-19

30 1240
Lunch 20 1320

Session 3:


Professor Luke O’Neill – Chair of Biochemistry, TCD

An update on COVID19

40 1340

Dr Francois Roman – Sen Dir., Clin Dev of Vaccines, GSK

GSK vaccine efforts on COVID-19

30 min 1430

Dr Una Parsons, Head – School of Engineering & Design, ITS

ITS / SUH collaborative responses to Covid-19

25 1510
Thanks / Acknowledgements –  Dr Anna Cleminson 10 1540
Medals – Dr John Williams, Chair, RAC – Sligo 10 1550
Close – Dr Brendan McCormack, President, ITS 10 1600


This is a unique opportunity for local researchers in the HSE North West area to present their recently undertaken health research projects to a wide audience. The event provides a showcase for research carried out at SUH and in collaboration with our partner institutions. The REF continues to build on past successes in providing support for education, training and research to people engaged in healthcare provision in the SUH catchment area.

This year the conference will focus particularly on the Covid-19 pandemic – the experiences, responses and learning from the clinical / scientific / industry / community perspectives. The conference will be an all-day event run from IT Sligo and streamed to venues in Sligo University Hospital. There will be a mix of online and proximate presentations.

To include:

  • 3 Keynote speakers for the International / National perspectives
  • 2 North West of Ireland speakers representing Community, IT Sligo and Public Health
  • 4 SUH speakers for the Management and Clinical perspectives
  • 2 Projects selected from local researcher submissions for oral presentation
  • 4 Posters awarded prizes.
  • €10,000 worth of seed grants up to a maximum of €2500 per awardee

Deadlines: (late applications will not be considered)
Grants – 19th October 2020
Abstracts – 2nd November 2020

Download the Programme Booklet


Application forms and guidelines on Home page. All submissions to ref.sligo@hse.ie