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Poster / Abstracts Call

21st Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference

SUH / IT Sligo / Remote

27th November 2020

The Poster Exhibition at the 21st Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference is a unique opportunity for local researchers to present their work to a wide audience

Open to all recently undertaken health research projects in the HSE North West area

8 Projects selected from all submissions for Oral presentation

4 Posters awarded prizes on the day

Completed forms to be emailed to

Deadline: 2nd November 2020 (late applications will not be considered)

View the abstracts poster 2020

Research Abstract Booklet 2017

Research Abstract Booklet 2017

We have had a great response for Abstract submission for our Annual Research Conference 2017.

All posters will be displayed w/comm. 20th of November on the corridor outside the Research & Education Centre, Level 6, SUH

Click the link below for the Book of Abstracts:

Book of Abstracts 2017



Annual Research Conference

The REF hosts our Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference at the end of November every year, featuring keynote talks by invited speakers and presentations of research conducted in the region.

  • The conference 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 North West

The 21st Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference takes place on

27th November 2020, Sligo University Hospital / IT Sligo

This year, given the unusual circumstances, the Conference will be run via Proximate / Remote Attendance. It will be an all-day event at the Aurivo auditorium at IT Sligo and streamed to 3 venues with Sligo University Hospital. There will be a mix of online and proximate presentations which allows us to attract a very high calibre of speakers.

The focus will be mainly, but not exclusively, on the Covid-19 pandemic – the experiences, responses and learning from the clinical / scientific / industry / community perspectives

To include:

  • Keynote speakers – International / National experts
  • NW Ireland – Industry / Community / IT Sligo / Public Health representatives
  • SUH Management and Clinical perspectives
  • Projects selected from local researcher submissions for oral presentation


  • 4 Poster 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


The 20th Annual Multidisciplinary Conference took place on the 29th of November 2019 at SUH and was a tremendous success – attended by over 180 people from across the health care professions, academia and industry representatives from Sligo and surrounds. Our Keynote speakers were:

Prof. Francis FinucaneConsultant Endocrinologist, Galway University Hospital / Honorary Professor in Medicine, NUIG. During higher medical training in endocrinology and general internal medicine, he was awarded an MD from Trinity College Dublin for research on the mechanistic basis for type-2 diabetes in young people. He then completed an MRC-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, UK, where he studied the effects of structured lifestyle modification on metabolic risk in older people – the first trial to show that exercise reduces liver fat content in humans. He conceptualised and validated a novel method to quantify insulin resistance (“leptin: adiponectin ratio”) and also contributed to important discoveries about the genetics of insulin resistance. Since returning to Ireland in 2010, he has established a regional bariatric service for patients with severe and complicated obesity, and was the clinical lead for endocrinology at Galway University Hospitals and Saolta from 2014-18. He was elected to Council at RCPI in 2017 and has served on various policy groups and the examinations board, as well as representing RCPI on the board of the National Office for Clinical Audit. He is a member of several international scientific organisations and peer reviews for several high impact medical journals. He is on the editorial board of the journal Obesity Surgery. He received the inaugural Clinical research Career Development Award from Saolta this year.

Prof. Niall Moyna, Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, DCU. He undertook his undergraduate degree at University of Limerick, and completed his graduate studies at Purdue University and the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He completed a three-year National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in immunology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. He was Director of the Clinical Exercise Research Laboratory in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre and later moved to Connecticut to take a position as a Senior Research Scientist in Nuclear and Preventive Cardiology at Hartford Hospital. Prof Moyna has published over 170 research papers. His research examines the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases and on understanding how gene polymorphisms help to explain inter-individual variability in biological responses to exercise. Niall is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine Ireland. He is a regular contributor to TV and radio on issues related to lifestyle and health and has a keen interest in sport.

Both talks were very well received by a packed auditorium.

Alcohol Related Brain Injury in the Acute Setting – March 21 2017 – 1 CPD point

“Identification and Management of Alcohol Related Brain Injury (Wernickes – Korsakoffs Syndrome) in Acute Settings– Working towards the prevention of readmission”

Dr. Helen McMonagle, Alcohol-Related Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Coordinator, Alcohol Forum

Tuesday March 21 2017 at 1pm – 2 pm

Lecture Theatre, Level 6, SUH

All welcome. Accredited for 1 CPD point

Supported by Kyowa Kirin Pharmaceuticals

Alcohol Related Brain Injury Programme

7th Clinical Audit Forum May 19 2017 – call for presenters

The Clinical Audit Dept at SUH is organising the 7th Clinical Audit Forum on May 19 2017.

Posters & Oral Presentations : The  Clinical Audit Day will include oral and poster presentations of clinical audits conducted at Sligo University Hospital.

If you are interested in presenting your audit, please email or with an expression of interest before May 1st 2017. Email must include authors, department and title of audit. Authors of posters must design their own posters. A0 templates are available on request.

Clinical Audit Forum 2017 – call for presenters


Public and Patient Involvement in Research – Seminar at SUH November 11 2016 – 1 CPD

Research Seminar at SUH

Friday November 11 2016 1 – 2pm, Lecture Theatre, Level 6, SUH

Edel Murphy, MSc in Clinical Research
Development Officer, HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research is increasingly expected by funders. The rationale for this is that PPI can lead to treatments that better meet people’s needs and are more likely to
be put into practice. This seminar provides an introduction to PPI.

Approved for one external CPD point

Registration not required, just turn up

Download flyer: Public patient involvement in research