20th Annual Research Conference Friday Nov. 29th 2019

Our 20th Annual Research Conference took place on Friday the 29th of November 2019.

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!

Prof. Niall Moyna is  Head of the School of Health and Human Performance and a member of the Centre for Preventive Medicine in DCU. He received his masters degree from Purdue University, Indiana, USA and Ph.D.from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He completed a three year National Institute of Health Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in immunology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 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. He has published over 150 research papers in international peer reviewed journals and presented his work at international conferences. Niall is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and has a keen interest in Gaelic football and athletics. He was manager of the Irish U-17 International Rules team that toured Australia in 2006. In recent years he has managed the DCU senior football team to 4 Sigerson cups, 2 Ryan cups and 2 O’Byrne cups. In addition, he was a selector on the St Vincents team that won the All-Ireland club football championship in 2008, and has been part of the Dublin senior football backroom team that has won 3 Leinster senior football championships and the All-Ireland senior football title in 2011.

Prof. 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