Official Launch of the UCD Centre in Translational Oncology (UCTO)

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Fri 21st Sept 2018

O’Brien Centre UCD 12:00 - 12:10

Official Opening UCD Centre in Translational Oncology

  • Professor Orla Feely, Vice President for Research and Innovation UCD Research
  • Prof Risteárd Ó Laoide, Exec. Director IEHG Cancer CAD., Joint Clinical Director IEHG. Clinical Professor UCD
  • Professor Cecily Kelleher, College Principal CHAS

12:10 - 12:15

Welcome Address by Assoc. Professor Amanda McCann, UCTO Director

12:15 - 12:50

  • 12.15-12.50: Public Lecture: “What Translational Oncology Means to Me”

    Margaret Grayson MBE:- Chair, Northern Ireland Cancer Research Consumer Forum

    Prof Michaela Higgins,:- UCD Clinical Professor, Consultant Medical Oncologist, IEHG Cancer Clinical Academic Directorate (CaCAD) at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

    12.50-13.15: Q&A Panel: Margaret Grayson, Brendan Doyle (Pathologist), Michaela Higgins (Oncologist, IEHG CaCAD at MMUH), Cancer Nurse Practitioner (TBC)

13:15 - 14:00 Light Lunch Venue Zone 2 O’Brien Centre UCD

14:00 - 15:40

14.00 - 15.40: UCD /IEHG Translational Oncology Research Showcase

Chair:- Prof Liam Gallagher Director UCD Conway Institute

3-Minute Young Investigator/ PI pitches (TBC ongoing) __________________________________________________________________________________

  • DONAL BUGGY:Mater Hospital "Can anaesthesia and analgesia during cancer surgery influence recurrence or metastases?"

  • CARMEL DAVIES:-School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems:- Title TBC

    EILEEN FURLONG:-School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems:-University College Dublin "eSMART: Remotely monitoring chemotherapy-related symptoms for people with cancer"

    MELINDA HALASZ:-UCD Conway Institute and SoM:- "Omics of MYCs in childhood malignancies"

    DAVID HUGHES:-UCD Conway Institute:- "Adequate selenium intake may help prevent cancer"

    EMMET JORDAN:-University Hospital Waterford:-"Challenges of implementing genome driven oncology to clinical practice"

    WALTER KOLCH:-Systems Biology Ireland:- "Predicting new combination therapies by computational modelling"

    SEODHNA MARIE LYNCH:-CBT LAB, UCD SBBS, UCD Conway Institute. "Refining Treatment Recommendations for Breast Cancer Patients"

    SIMONE MARCONE: Systems Biology Ireland UCD:- "Discovery and Development of New Drugs for Neuroblastoma"

    AMANDA MCCANN: UCD Conway Institute and SoM UCD:- "Chemotherapeutic trafficking in tumour derived exosomes"

    MARIA PRENCIPE:UCD Conway Institute:- "New therapeutic strategies for breast and prostate cancers"

    JENS RAUCH: Systems Biology Ireland UCD:- "Targeting Resistance in Malignant Melanoma".

    OLEKSII RUKHLENKO:Systems Biology Ireland UCD:- "Structure-based modelling reveals drug combinations to target oncogenic RAS"

    KIERAN SHEAHAN: SVUH:- "The importance of mismatch repair status in colorectal cancer"

    BILL WATSON:UCD Conway Institute and School of Medicine, UCD, MMUH and SVUH:- "Irish prostate cancer risk calculator reducing unnecessary biopsies"

15:40- 16:00

Tea /Coffee Venue Zone 2 O’Brien Centre UCD

16:00 - 17:20

16.00-16.20:- Elaine Kenny:-Title:- “NGS Concepts and Platforms

16.20-16.40:- Aurelie Fabre:- “Tumour Volume/ DNA integrity”

16.40-17:00:- Brendan Doyle:- “Expanded Panels; The Relevance for Clinical Trials”

17.00-17.20:- Owen Patrick Smith:-“Risk Stratification and Molecular Treatment Response in Childhood Leukaemias”

17.20-18.00: Fireside/Open Discussion

18.00-19.00: Keynote Address:

Marc Ladanyi, M.D, Attending Pathologist and Chief, Molecular Diagnostics Service, Department of Pathology; Member, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Clinical Genomic Profiling to Guide Patient Selection for Targeted and Immune Therapies’


19.00:- Close of Proceedings Day 1


Saturday 22 September 2018

Genomics Workshop for Healthcare Professionals: Clinical Utility of Technologies

Venue: ICON Theatre, O’Brien Centre for Science UCD


8.30-9.00: Tea/Coffee

Venue Zone 2 O’Brien Centre UCD


9.00-11.00: Molecular MDT Session

9.00-9.15:- Terri McVeigh:-Consultant Oncogeneticist, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

"Utility of Genomic Profiling in Cancer -the good, the bad and the ugly"

9.15-11.00: Molecular MDT Session:-

Icon Theatre

Moderators: Profs Donal Brennan and Kieran Sheahan, IEHG Cancer Clinical Academic Directorate (CaCAD) at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) and SVUH respectively.

Cases for Discussion:-

Colorectal, Ling, Melanoma, Haematological and Gynaecological.


Despina Bazou: Haemotologist:-(IEHG CaCAD at MMUH)

David Brophy:- Radiologist

Aurelie Fabre: Pathologist:-(IEHG CaCAD at SVUH)

David Gibbons:- Pathologist:-(IEHG CaCAD at SVUH)

Jennifer Gilmore: Radiation Oncologist

Cathy Kelly: Oncologist:-(IEHG CaCAD at MMUH)

Bruce Moran:-Bioinformatician ((IEHG CaCAD at SVUH)

Ray McDermott: Oncologist:-(IEHG CaCAD at SVUH)

Peter O’Gorman: Haemotologist:-(IEHG CaCAD at MMUH)

Kieran Sheahan: Pathologist:-(IEHG CaCAD at SVUH)

Rory Kennelly:- Consultant Surgeon

Owen Smith:Paediatric Haemotologist:-(IEHG Genomics CAD)

11.00-11.30: Tea/Coffee

Venue: Zone 2 O’Brien Centre UCD



Genomics Workshop: Moderators (TBC): Based on MDTS earlier in the morning

Topics: Tumour Volume, Tumour Biopsies, Sufficiency of Material, Clinical Utility of NGS

Venues: Interactive HUB H1.49, O’Brien Centre UCD / Interactive HUB H2.38 Science Hub

13:00 Close of Proceedings

13.00-13.45: Lunch

Venue: Zone 2 O’Brien Centre UCD


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