Save the date – Annual General Meeting 19th and 20th November 2021

Dear Colleagues,
Please save-the-date for the Annual General Meeting of the Irish Endocrine Society

19th and 20th November 2021     

Annual General Meeting (format and location TBC)

The programme and registration details will be updated as soon as confirmed. The local organiser is Dr. Siobhan McQuaid.

Best wishes,
James Gibney
Hononary Secretary / Treasurer
Irish Endocrine Society

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

CoVid-19 resources for managing endocrine conditions

CoVid-19 resources for managing endocrine conditions. We are collating resources for healthcare professionals dealing with endocrine conditions relating to CoVid-19. This resource has been created for information purposes and support for colleagues. It is intended for healthcare professionals as a resource for information and it is not intended for patient use. Click here to link to the document.