Current Committee 2022

Current Committee Members 2022

President  Professor Fidelma Dunne

Secretary/Treasurer  Dr James Gibney

Basic Science. Dr Paula O’Shea

Paediatrics  Dr Edna Roche

Leinster  Dr Pyeh Kyithar  (term ends 2025)

Ulster  Dr Helen Wallace  (term ends 2024)

Connacht  Dr Siobhan Bacon  (term ends 2023)

Munster  Dr Matthew Murphy  (term ends 2022)

Subgroups  Dr Orla Neylon  (Secretary Diabetes Subgroup nominally representing all subgroups on main committee)

If you wish to get involved in any of the activities of the Irish Endocrine Society, please contact any committee member.

Subgroup Chairpersons

  • Diabetes             Dr Antoinette Tuthill
  • Endocrinology.   Professor Rachel Crowley
  • Obesity               Professor Francis Finucane

Committee Members

45th Annual Meeting of Irish Endocrine Society Prize Winners

Congratulations to all who were involved in the 45th Annual Meeting of the Irish Endocrine Society. Thank you to each and every one of you for your support and your participation in the meeting.

The winner of the 2021 O’Donovan medal is Lucy Kayes for her oral presentation entitled ‘Forty years experience of neonatal thyroid stimulating hormone screening in N.I.’.

The winner of the 2021 Montgomery medal is Clare Miller for her poster entitled ‘Hypoglycaemia in a Metastatic Gastrin secreting Pancreatic NET on Insulin Pump Therapy’.

A special Thank You is extended to Siobhan McQuaid for organising the 45th Annual Meeting.

2021 Annual Meeting – Advice to presenters

Poster presentations: This year the posters will be presented as electronic posters. Please be aware of this when drafting your poster. A landscape orientation is preferred and recommended to assist with viewing but a portrait orientation will be accepted but will offer a suboptimal orientation for viewing. Please submit as a .pdf. Other formats cannot be accepted. Please save your final version with your Poster Number at the start of your filename followed by the Surname of the Presenting Author and save as a .pdf e.g. P14Gibney.pdf and submit by email to [email protected]

Video presentations: The year the oral presentations will be pre-recorded with the questions by videoconference immediately after the presentation. The timings for an oral presentation are ten minutes for the presentation and five minutes for questions. The timings for a presented poster are four minutes for the presentation and one minute for questions. Please adhere to these absolute time limits of fifteen minutes for an oral presentation and five minutes for a invited poster presentation as they will be strictly enforced. Please record the video presentations and submit as a .mp4 by email to [email protected] enclosing your preferred email for contact with the videoconferencing link with your presentation. Other formats cannot be accepted. Please save your presentation using your Presentation Number followed by the Surname of the Presenting Author as a filename e.g. OC7McQuaid.mp4

It is your choice on how to record your presentation as long as it is submitted as a .mp4 and within the time limits advised. For guidance on how to record a presentation using Microsoft Powerpoint, please search ‘Record a slide show with narration and slide timings’ in your Help. When complete, please search ‘Save a presentation as a movie file or MP4’ in your Help for guidance on how to export as an .mp4 and submit by email as to advised to [email protected]

Congratulations to all who had their abstracts accepted. Please submit your posters and oral presentations by email to [email protected] as soon as possible to ensure they are uploaded to the platform in advance of the meeting. As the meeting starts on 19th November, a strict embargo of 5pm on 17th November will be applied to allow one working day to get all the posters and presentations uploaded. Any posters not received by this time are at risk of not being uploaded to the platform and will be considered withdrawn.

2021 Annual Meeting 19th and 20th November


Please register for the upcoming meeting of the Irish Endocrine Society on Eventbrite on the following link

Call for Applications for IES Basic Science Grant 2021

The Basic Science Award is funded by the IES to enable researchers (clinical or non-clinical) to undertake laboratory based small research projects or pilot studies. The funding for 2021 is a grant worth a maximum of €10,000 (sterling equivalent). One award will be offered in 2021. Salary support can be requested but should not make up the entirety of the grant.

Applications will be accepted from applicants within the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland for clinical or basic science laboratory based projects. Applications are particularly welcome from younger academic researchers who are within five years of their first appointment. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a genuine research interest in Endocrinology within the island of Ireland and show that they have a full time post for the lifetime of the proposed grant.

All Applicants on the Basic Science Grant application must be fully paid members of the Irish Endocrine Society and the principal author of the study needs to be a fully paid member of the IES for the past 3 consecutive years. The Secretary of the IES can approve membership applications prior to ratification at the Annual IES AGM

Applications are to be made to Dr Paula O’Shea [email protected] The deadline for applications for the 2021 award is Thursday 2nd September 2021. The winner of the award is announced at the IES AGM.

The application form and guidelines, including the assessment criteria are attached below.

Application Form: Basic Science Grant Application Form 2021

Application Guidelines: IES Grant Scheme Guidelines 2021

2018 Basic Science Awards

Dr James Gibney and Dr Fiona McGillicuddy “High density lipoprotein particles as metabolic hormones – does diabetes alter the signalling pathways induced by these particles to increase cardiovascular risk”.

2017 Basic Science Awards

Andrew McCloskey and Professor Aine McKillop “Investigation of the mechanistic function of GPR120 in islet cell physiology using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing and intracellular signalling analysis”

2016 Basic Science Awards

Prof James Gibney and Dr Fiona McGillycuddy: To compare high-density lipoprotein function and composition in type 1 versus type 2 diabetes and determine relationship to early measures of atherosclerosis.

Dr Shona Pfeiffer, Prof Jochen Prehn and Dr Maria Byrne: An in vivo pre-clinical study exploring microRNA-224 (miR-224) as a new therapeutic target for the treatment of diabetes.

2015 Basic Science Awards

Dr Conall Dennedy: An investigation of the effects of oxysterols in modulating adrenocortical carcinoma.

Professor Finbarr O’Harte: Pre-clinical development of novel apelin-13 drug candidates for diabetes therapy

2014 Basic Science Awards

Professor Aine McKillop: Targeting G protein coupled receptors with novel lipid agonists as a potential therapy for type 2 diabetes

Mr Conor Kerley & Dr John McDermott: Dietary nitrate to attenuate impaired glucose tolerance: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial.

2013 Basic Science Awards

Dr Francis Finucane, Dr Amir Shafat: Title: Oral glucose breath test for diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Dr Yasser Abdel-Wahab, Dr Peter Flatt: Title: Pharmacological studies of novel amphibian skin peptide-analogues for the treatment of type-2 diabetes

2012 Basic Science Awards

Dr N Irwin: Title: Harnessing the potential of gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP) for treatment of bone disorders

Dr K Mullan & Dr P Mullan Title: Prospective study of the effect of  25 OH Vit D and 1,25 OH2 Vit D on coronary heart disease risk : PRIME study (Prospective Epidemiological Study of Myocardial Infarction)

Call for Applications for IES Clinical Science Award 2021

Aim: The aim of this award is to promote research in Endocrinology and Diabetes in Ireland.The IES offers one annual clinical research grant to the value of €10,000 (or sterling equivalent) for clinical research carried out predominantly in Ireland


  • The principal applicant should be an Endocrinology & Diabetes trainee and also a fully paid member of the Irish Endocrine Society and or be supervised directly by a fully paid member of the Irish Endocrine Society for the past 3 consecutive years.
  • The research should be carried out substantially within Ireland.

Application process

Availability of the award will be advertised through the Society. Applicants should submit by the closing date to the Dr Siobhan Bacon [email protected]. The closing date for applications will be Thursday 2nd September 2021.

  1. A curriculum vitae of the principal applicant of not more than 3 pages of A4 containing relevant research experience
  2. A completed application form
  3. Closing date Thursday Thursday 2nd September 2021
  4. The winner of the award will be announced at the annual IES AGM in October

The Application form is: Clinical Science Award Application Form 2021

2018: Dr Julie Martin Grace and Professor Mark Sherlock “Impact of inhaled glucocorticoids on adrenal function”.

2017: Dr Claire Power

2016: Dr Rosemary Dinneen and Dr Mark Sherlock for “Optimising steroid replacement in patients with Addisons disease”

2015: Dr Paul McMullen and Dr Karen Mullan: “Iodine and selenium deficiency and the effect on thyroid function tests in pregnancy”

27th IES Continuing Education Study Day


P R O V I S I O N A L   P R O G R A M M E






Professor Brendan Kinsley, President of the Irish Endocrine Society





Chair: Professor Brendan Kinsley, President of the Irish Endocrine Society


10.50 – 11.35





11.35– 12.40








12.40 – 13.30



Epidemiology of COVID-19 and diabetes

Professor Helen Colhoun

Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine

University of Edinburgh


COVID-19 and Endocrine disorders

   Adrenal Dr Agnieszka Pazderska, Consultant Endocrinologist, St. James’s Hospital

   ThyroidDr Anne McGowan, Consultant Endocrinologist, Robert Graves Institute, Tallaght University Hospital

   ReproductiveDr Lisa Owens, Consultant Endocrinologist, St. James’s Hospital


Coffee break




Chair: Professor James Gibney, Honorary Secretary/ Treasurer, Irish Endocrine Society.



13.30 – 14.10





14.10 – 14:40             

Why is COVID-19 more severe in diabetes and obesity?

Professor Carel le Roux

Professor of Experimental Pathology

University College Dublin


Diabetes and COVID-19 – the Paediatric experience

Dr Orla Neylon

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist

Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Limerick


14.40 – 15:30 


15.30 – 16:15     





16.15 – 16:55                           

Coffee break


Management of hyperglycaemia in hospitalised patients with COVID-19

Professor Ketan Dhatariya

Consultant Diabetes & Endocrinology / Honorary Professor

Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia


Diabetes and COVD-19

Professor Daniel J Drucker

Senior Scientist, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto


16:55– 17.00 Summary and Close

Prof Brendan Kinsley, President, Irish Endocrine Society