January edition of Diabetes Clinical Trial Network monthly newsletter

Dear IES Members and Affiliates

Please find the the January edition of Diabetes Clinical Trial Network monthly newsletter, which is packed with exciting updates, upcoming grant and funding opportunities. This newsletter is your key to staying informed and engaged with the Diabetes Collaborative Clinical Trial Network HRB DC-CTN • An all island collaborative network (diabetestrialsctn.ie).

DCTN January 2024 Newsletter

Two senior appointments announced for Institute for Clinical Trials   

Professor Fidelma Dunne appointed Interim Director and

John Kilmartin as Adjunct Professor

Photo Martina Regan

Tuesday January 30, 2024: World-leading research academic Professor Fidelma Dunne has been appointed Interim Director of the Institute for Clinical Trials at University of Galway.

Professor Dunne has an extensive background in clinical trial management and is ranked number 1 in Ireland and number 6 in the world for her research into gestational diabetes.

The University has also announced John Kilmartin, former Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs at Medtronic and an independent medtech regulatory expert, joins the Institute for Clinical Trials as Adjunct Professor.

Mr Kilmartin has more than 30 years’ experience in the medtech industry, with a particular focus on the emerging regulatory and clinical frameworks in Europe.

Professor Martin O’Donnell, Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Consultant Geriatrician at Saolta University Health Care Group, said: “We are honoured to have both Professor Fidelma Dunne and Mr John Kilmartin join the Institute for Clinical Trials. Their combined expertise in clinical trials, medical research and regulatory affairs will significantly contribute to our mission of advancing impactful clinical research. They will help to advance our clinical research goals and will make meaningful contributions to healthcare outcomes.”

Professor Dunne said: “Clinical trials in new medicines and devices are vital to improving the health of people living in Ireland and worldwide. Improving health also has economic and societal benefits. Engaging in clinical trials allows patients in Ireland to receive new medicines and devices early. We have a track record of designing and delivering impactful clinical trials at University of Galway and I am delighted to lead the Institute for Clinical Trials which will have a pivotal role in further enhancing the clinical research landscape in Ireland.”

Mr Kilmartin said: “The medtech industry is of huge importance to Ireland and Europe for the benefit of our patients, health systems and society. I believe that the Institute for Clinical Trials at University of Galway can play a key role in helping to support innovation in medtech by strategically targeting barriers within the Irish ecosystem. It aims to strengthen and further promote growth in the medtech sector, expand treatment options for patients and ultimately contribute to the advancement of healthcare on a broader scale.”

Bios

Professor Fidelma Dunne is the immediate past President of the International Association Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Groups and President of the Irish Endocrine Society (2021-2024). Professor Dunne has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to advancing research and improving outcomes in the critical area of diabetes and pregnancy.

Her research interests, focused on diabetes and pregnancy, have resulted in an impressive portfolio of over 240 peer-reviewed publications, 12,000 citations, and significant grant funding.

Professor Dunne was honoured with the Jorgen Pedersen award in 2021 for her exceptional work in Diabetes in Pregnancy. She is the Principal Investigator of the EMERGE randomised controlled trial, funded by the Health Research Board, with ground-breaking results published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) in October 2023 which showed that the drug metformin provided a safe and effective way to treat gestational diabetes.

John Kilmartin has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the medtech industry, having led global regulatory teams in the development and implementation of clinical and regulatory strategies for various medical devices and drug/device combination products.

He is actively involved with various medtech industry associations, including MedTech Europe and the Irish MedTech Association (IMA), where he served as the Chair of the IMA Regulatory Steering Committee for a number of years.

Mr Kilmartin has a strong focus on the evolving regulatory and clinical frameworks around the world, having collaborated with regulatory agencies such as FDA, European Notified Bodies, Competent authorities and other international regulators.

Mr Kilmartin’s areas of interest and focus include the development of the next generation of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs professionals, creating co-operative links between third-level institutions, the medtech industry, regulatory authorities, and government agencies to ensure that the medtech ecosystem continues to thrive in Ireland and in Europe.

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Annual Irish Endocrine Society Study Day – 26th January 2024 programme and registration

Dear Colleagues

A very happy new year 2024 to you all!

Please find the 29th Irish Endocrine Society Annual Study Day programme and registration, which will take place on 26th January 2024 Friday at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.  We have a fantastic line up of speakers, who are experts in areas of Diabetes and Endocrinology for the day. We look forward to seeing you all at the Study Day. 

The Study Day is free of charge for IES members who have paid your membership fees, and the paid up members will receive a discount code from the IES emailing list soon so that no fees incurred as you register for the Study Day.  The fee for non IES members is €120.

IES 2024 study day programme

Summary – Irish Endocrine Society Annual Study Day 2024 (cvent.com)

Joint Irish-UK Endocrine Meeting 2024 Call for Suggestions!

Irish Endocrine Society

 

 

Joint Irish-UK Endocrine Meeting 2024

 

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

Featured

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

Grants

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

Medals

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

 Link

https://www.endocrinology.org/events/joint-irish-uk-endocrine-meeting/joint-irish-uk-endocrine-meeting-2024/

Irish Endocrine Society Summer Bursaries and Diabetes Collaborative Clinical Trails Network Bursaries

Four IES Bursaries awarded to:

Jessica Sayfullaeva supervised by Prof. Francis Finnucane with a project “Identifying Factors that Influence the Time to Onset of Ketosis in Exercise and Nutrition Scenarios: The TOKEN Study.”

Aarya Lakshminarayanan supervised by Prof. Sean Dinneen with a project “Planning for Recruitment and Retention in the D1 Now Randomised Controlled Trial”

Merhan Soltan supervised by Prof. Seamus Sreenan with a project “Histological assessment of debrided material from chronic diabetic wounds. Are we currently discarding useful  information?”

Cara McDonnell supervised by Dr. Karen Mullen with a project “Effect of iodine enriched milk on iodine status: a randomised crossover intervention in healthy volunteers”

 Two DC CTN Bursaries awarded to.

Columb Kavanagh supervised by Prof. Fidelma Dunne for a project “Identifying and Prioritizing Unanswered Questions Related to Type 1 Diabetes Management in Adults: A Priority Setting Partnership Approach”

Liam Manning supervised by Prof. Seamus Sreenan with a project “Estimating the population health impact and cost-effectiveness of implementing evidence-based Type 1 diabetes mellitus care in Ireland.”

Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing your work presented at the next meeting of the Irish Endocrine Society

47th Irish Endocrine Society Annual Meeting Programme – Updated!

Dear Colleagues

  • Please find the link below for the updated programme for the upcoming 47th IES Annual Meeting in Rosses Point, Sligo on 24th and 25th November 2023.
  • To Authors of oral and poster presentations, please check the updated programme carefully for the dates and times of your presentations.
  • For poster presentations, the presentation format is A0 Portrait. Other formats of poster presentations will not accepted due to space limitations at the conference venue.
  • As per instructions from the conference venue, posters presented on Friday 24th November 2023, are to be removed by 6:00 pm Friday. Posters presented on Saturday 25th November 2023, should be in place by 9:00 am Saturday and are to be removed by 11:00 am Saturday.
  • We have an exciting programme of lectures with invited speakers and scientific sessions with oral and poster presentations. We look forward to seeing you all in Sligo.

IES 2023 updated programme 21st Nov 2023

HRB Diabetes Collaborative Clinical Trial Network

The HRB Diabetes Collaborative Clinical Trial Network is an all island collaborative network, the aim is to bring together key stakeholders, and through working together, have an range of ambitious multi-centre diabetes clinical trials. These trials will have the aim to improve health and wellbeing for all patients with diabetes on the island of Ireland.

Through well planned research activities, where public and patient involvement is valued, and where feasibility and pilot work are completed to support definitive interventions, the networks plans to become internationally competitive for funding and deliver trials of highly significant scientific impact.

Key to this aim, is that all patients will be facilitated, regardless of geographical location or socioeconomic status, to participate in relevant trials through a well developed network of clinical sites supported by Clinical Research Facilities, Academic Institutions and the National Clinical Care programme in Diabetes.

This network is building further on national investment in clinical research facilities and networks, bringing together academics, clinicians, health professionals, patients, industry, charities and health care delivery networks to pioneer new and better treatment options for Diabetes patients.

Please click onto the website and further information

https://diabetestrialsctn.ie/about/

47th Irish Endocrine Society Annual Meeting Programme

Dear Colleagues

  • Please find the link below for the provisional programme for the upcoming 47th IES Annual Meeting in Rosses Point, Sligo on 24th and 25th November 2023.
  • For those of you who have submitted abstracts, please check the Annual Meeting Programme whether your abstract has been accepted or not.
  • If your abstract is accepted, please carefully check the type, date and time of your presentation in the programme.
  • Due to space limitations at the conference venue, 80 posters will be formally presented while other accepted abstracts will be published through the Irish Journal of Medical Science.
  • Senior authors: please ensure those presenting on your behalf are aware they have an oral or poster presentation.
  • We look forwarding to meeting you all at the Annual Meeting in Rosses Point.

IES 2023 updated programme 21st Nov 2023

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