Gerard Walls (Cohort 2, QUB), received the Royal College of Radiologists Ross Award from the National Cancer Research Institute at their Annual Congress in November 2021 for research conducted as part of his ICAT mini-project: "Early circulating tumour DNA kinetics measured by ultra-deep next-generation sequencing during radical radiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer: a feasibility study". More information can be found here.
David Mongan (Cohort 1, RCSI) has recently been awarded the Early Career Award by the Schizophrenia International Research Society. David also received the RCSI CEO Innovation Prize in December 2020, funding from the RCSI Student Engagement Programme to design and pilot digitally-enhanced assessment of students in psychiatry, and the Sheppard Prize for Translational Research from Beaumont Hospital Dublin.
Conor Judge (Cohort 1, NUIG), has been awarded the Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarship for 2021/22. The Dr Richard Steevens' Scholarship is awarded annually to Specialist/Senior Registrars with strong track records in achievement. Conor, a Specialist Registrar in Nephrology, will undertake a clinical fellowship in Nephrology and Home Dialysis Therapies in McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Conor is currently in the final year of his ICAT PhD fellowship at NUIG. More information about the award can be found here.
Media and public engagement activities
David Mongan (Cohort 1, RCSI), participated in “Teach me in 10” (Technology Networks), a new video series that challenges scientists to present and summarize their research area, a scientific concept, method, or technology in ten minutes or less. David presented his research on proteomic prediction models for psychotic disorder and psychotic experiences (screenshot of the video on the right). You can view the video here.
David designed an animated video to outline his findings published in JAMA Psychiatry in 2020 for a general audience (Development of Proteomic Prediction Models for Transition to Psychotic Disorder in the Clinical High-Risk State and Psychotic Experiences in Adolescence, JAMA Psychiatry. 2021;78(1):77-90. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.2459).
Andrea Bowe (Cohort 4, UCD), led a study into the prevalence of, and the factors associated with, nicotine product use in adolescence. This study was published in a Special Issue “Adolescent Substance Use and Related Harms” of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and garnered interest from national media and the public. You can read a news report here. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health2021, 18(1), 332; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010332.
ICAT Fellow presentations
Cathal O’Connor (Cohort 3, UCC) won the prize for best subspecialty research at the Irish Paediatric Association in December 2020 for his presentation “Emollient bathing at two months of age does not prevent atopic dermatitis”.
Maria Tomkins (Cohort 4, RCSI), presented her research on the prevalence of adrenal insufficiency in Irish kidney transplant recipient population at the Irish Endocrine Society Meeting in November 2020.
David Mongan (Cohort 1, QUB) was awarded the prize for best Early Career Researcher presentation at the Rank Prize Funds Nutrition Symposium on n3 fatty acids & mental health in March 2021. David spoke on ‘Polyunsaturated fatty acids and mental disorders in adolescence and early adulthood’.
Claire Potter (Cohort 3, 2020) delivered an oral presentation titled “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on psychiatric inpatient care in Northern Ireland” at the Joint Public Health conference by the Public Health Agency, Institute of Public Health in Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University in November 2020.
William Martin (Cohort 3, UCD), won first prize at the UCD Translational Medicine PhD research seminar in December 2020 for his oral presentation entitled: “Enhancement of tubular fatty acid oxidation is a dominant transcriptomic response to intensive weight and metabolic control in experimental diabetic kidney disease”.
Cathal O’Connor (Cohort 3, UCC) won the prize for best presentation at the British Society for Medical Dermatology annual meeting in January 2021 for his presentation ‘Anakinra for recalcitrant pyoderma gangrenosum: a case series’.
Jennifer Scott (Cohort 2, TCD) gave a presentation titled “Data-driven identification of ANCA Vasculitis relapse” at the European Vasculitis Society (EUVAS) meeting in November 2020.
David Mongan (Cohort 1, RCSI) is scheduled to present his research on “Polyunsaturated fatty acids and mental disorders: cross-sectional and longitudinal associations in a large general population cohort” and “Development of proteomic prediction models for transition to psychotic disorder from the clinical high-risk state” at the Schizophrenia International Research Society conference in April 2021.
Graeme Greenfield (Cohort 3, QUB), delivered a presentation on the “ICAT Programme” at the Royal College of Pathologists Northern Ireland Symposium 2020: Challenges and Developments in Pathology.
Jennifer Scott (Cohort 2, TCD)gave a presentation titled “A retrospective cohort study to investigate sex-specific differences in ANCA-associated glomerulonephritis outcomes”, based on her collaboration with UCL, at the UK and Ireland Vasculitis Society
(UKIVAS) meeting in November 2020.
David Mongan (Cohort 1, RCSI), presented “Polyunsaturated fatty acids and mental disorders: cross-sectional and longitudinal associations in a large general population cohort” at the RCSI Psychiatry departmental research meeting, at the Longitudinal Studies conference hosted by the Wellcome Genome campus and in the Beaumont Hospital Medical Grand Rounds.
David Mongan (Cohort 1, RCSI), presented “Development of proteomic prediction models for transition to psychotic disorder from the clinical high-risk state” at the Beaumont Hospital Translational Research Awards, the Western Health and Social Care Trust Psychiatry departmental meeting (invited talk) and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Psychiatry departmental meeting (invited talk).
Jennifer Scott (Cohort 2, TCD) presented “Validation of the Renal Risk Score for ANCA-Associated Glomerulonephritis in a national Irish cohort.” as a scientific poster presentation at the American Society of Nephrology meeting in November 2020.