47th Annual Meeting of Irish Endocrine Society – medals and awards

Many thanks to all those involved in the 47th Annual Meeting of The Irish Endocrine Society held from 24th and 25th November 2023 in Sligo. It was a very well attended events with high numbers registered and attending the meeting. The local organiser was Siobhan Bacon whose leadership organising the meeting is appreciated.

The Irish Endocrine Society Lifetime Achievement award was awarded to Professor Patrick Bell with an introduction from Clare McHenry. A moving tribute to Professor Gerald Tomkin was delivered by John Barragry.

Keynote invited lectures
Paediatric Keynote Lecture Professor Nils Krone, Sheffield, UK
Hadden Lecture Professor Gudmundur Johannsson Gothenburg, Sweden
McKenna Lecture Professor Francis Finucane, Galway


Basic Science award – no award in 2023
Clinical Science award – Fay O’Donoghue  for “Exploring the social support needs and health education preferences of women with gestational diabetes and their partners: A qualitative interview study” with principal supervisor Tomas Griffin, University of Limerick

In addition, four student busraries and two clinical trial network awards for undergraduate research projects were made, detailed here link


O’Donovan medal for the best oral presentation
OC5 Reece C. Corbett, Adeoluwa I. Owolabi, Peter R. Flatt, Aine M. McKillop Once-daily oral administration of GPR120 agonist Compound A improves pancreatic islet and β-cell health through actions on the small intestine, Ulster University, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Montgomery medal for the best poster presentation
P65 Tara M. McDonnell 1,2, Leanne Cussen1,2, Clare Miller1,2, Angela Taylor3, Wiebke Arlt3, Shari Srinivasan2, Mark Sherlock1,2, Michael W. O’Reilly 1,2 Clinical and metabolic phenotyping of a large prospective cohort of Irish women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): the relationship between insulin sensitivity and serum classic and 11-oxygenated androgens 1.Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland 2. Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland 3. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Jennings medal for the best presentation in paediatrics
P24 Edna F. Roche 1,3 ,Amanda M. McKenna1, Myra O’Regan1, Kerry J. Ryder2, Helen M. Fitzgerald3,Hilary M. C. V. Hoey1 A decade of Diabetic Ketoacidosis at type 1 diabetes diagnosis in children and young people nationally by Slaintecare region. 1 Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland 2 The Research and Evidence Office, Health Service Executive, Dublin, Ireland 3 Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Award for the best case report
CR1 Claire Reynolds 1, Anna Fedorczak1,2, Eric Somers1, Sally Ann Lynch1, Michael O’Grady3, Timothy Ronan Leahy1, Susan M. O’Connell1,4 MCM4 deficiency causing Natural Killer and Glucocorticoid Deficiency with DNA repair defect (AR-NKGCD); experience from the Irish Traveller Community 1. Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland 2. Polish Mothers’ Memorial Hospital, Research Institute, Lodz, Poland 3. Regional Hospital Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland 4. Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Award for the best audit or quality improvement project
P29 Ciara Kilcoyne 1, Gillian Bennett1, Graham Gallagher1, May Almithin1, Alexandra Bohnejie1, Clare Chadda1, Mohammad Bin Mahfooz1, Anne Marie Hannon1, Audrey Melvin1, Eoin Noctor1,2 Quality measures in the Diabetes Clinic.1 University Hospital Limerick, Co. Limerick, Ireland. 2. University of Limerick, Co. Limerick, Ireland


Four IES Bursaries awarded to:

Jessica Sayfullaeva supervised by Prof. Francis Finnucane 

Aarya Lakshminarayanan supervised by Prof. Sean Dinneen 

Merhan Soltan supervised by Prof. Seamus Sreenan 

Cara McDonnell supervised by Dr. Karen Mullen 

Two Diabetes Collaborative Clinical Trails Network Bursaries awarded to.

Columb Kavanagh supervised by Prof. Fidelma Dunne 

Liam Manning supervised by Prof. Seamus Sreenan We would like to thank all that were involved in the meeting including the sponsors, the organising committee and most of all the members of the society for their participation and support of the meeting.

We look forward to inviting you to the 48th Annual Meeting of the Irish Endocrine Society which will be a joint meeting with the Society for Endocrinology in Belfast October 14th and 15th October 2024