20th Annual Research Conference Friday Nov. 29th 2019

20th Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference

The Foundation hosts our Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference in the Lecture Hall at Sligo University Hospital at the end of November every year. The conference features keynote talks by invited speakers and shines a light on the impressive body of research conducted in the North-West; as well as highlighting the collaborative work between SUH and the educational institutions like IT Sligo. Our 20th Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference took place on Friday the 29th of November 2019 at SUH. The event was a great success – we had over a 100 attendees from both SUH and ITSligo. Tony Canavan, CEO, Saolta Group presented the prizes for the best poster and gave us his thoughts on the proceedings. Our two keynote speakers, Prof. Niall Moyna and Prof. Francis Finucane were very well received as were the wide ranging presentations from local researchers. Onwards and upwards to 2020!

Keynote Speakers -

Professor Niall Moyna is a professor of clinical exercise physiology at DCU.  He undertook is undergraduate degree at the University of Limerick, and completed his graduate studies at Purdue University, and the University of Pittsburgh in the US.  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.

Professor Francis Finucane is a consultant endocrinologist at Galway University Hospitals and honorary personal 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.

For information and / or slides from the keynote presentations, please contact ref.sligo@hse.ie


The REF gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors in making the 20th Annual Research Conference, 29th November 2019 a huge success:

  • NeilMed
  • GSK
  • Sanofi
  • Lundbeck
  • CML Finance
  • Kingsbridge Hospital
  • Ambo
  • Pfizer
  • Cafe Fleur
  • AVA
  • Core Print

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