€325,000 worth of research grants for 2017 announced at Tallaght Hospital symposium


The Meath Foundation at Tallaght Hospital has announced high value research grants for 2017 worth up to €325,000 at its annual Research Symposium, which was held last Friday in the Hospital’s Trinity Lecture Theatre.

The Meath Foundation’s mission is to ‘Fund Healthcare Research, Education, Quality Improvement and Arts in Health at Tallaght Hospital.’

The Symposium was opened by Hospital Deputy CEO Lucy Nugent and was followed by a series of presentations by Tallaght Hospital staff who were recipients of research grants or educational funding recently from the Meath Foundation.

Picture above are: Mairead Shields, Sharon Larkin, Ian O Gorman, Ann Murphy, Lucy Nugget
Picture above are: Mairead Shields, Sharon Larkin, Ian O Gorman, Ann Murphy, Lucy Nugget

These talks included Dr. Richard Walsh who spoke about a shared-care model for deep brain stimulation in Irish patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and Clinical Facilitator, Margaurita O’Brien who spoke about the implementation of the Early Warning System at the Hospital’s Emergency Department.

The Keynote Address was given by Professor of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght Hospital, Brendan Kelly FRCPsych., FRCPI. Dr Kelly’s presentation was entitled, “Lost in Translation: From Neuroscience to Community Care”.

In addition, awards were presented, including the 2016 MSc. Fellowship Awards which were given to Mairead Holland Flynn (Advance Nurse Practitioner), Maire McCarthy (HR Business Partner) and Claire Broderick (Patient Flow Manager), as well as the Meath Hospital Medal for the student achieving the highest score in the clinical component of their final medical exams in both Clinical Medicine and Surgery.

This latter award was presented to James De Boisanger and Caleb Powell. The J. A. Brian Keogh Research Medal was awarded to Dr. Sarah Moran.

Mairéad Shields, Chairman of the Meath Foundation at Tallaght Hospital, said:

“This annual event is always an excellent opportunity to engage with new research that has been undertaken and reflect on the current state of medical science.

“We are very pleased, as part of our announcement for the 2017 Research Grants, to be announcing the ‘John Barragry Research Grant’ which is being established to honour Dr John Barragry, Consultant Endocrinologist for his dedication to patient care in the Meath Hospital/Tallaght Hospital and his contribution to the establishment and development of Tallaght Hospital and The Meath Foundation.

“Best of luck to all applications, and I can’t wait to see what they achieve.”

Lucy Nugent, Deputy CEO of Tallaght Hospital, said:

“Here at Tallaght Hospital we are very proud of our research capacity and our status as a teaching hospital.

“As a result events such as these are crucial to our academic endeavours. I have very much enjoyed today’s event and I congratulate everyone involved in the organisation.

“We are firm believers in the philosophy of “People Caring for People”, and collaborative initiatives such as these really put that philosophy into action for the research community.”