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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
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NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
BASIC SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
The basic scientific research is currently focused on two major areas. The first area of investigation focuses on the pathogenesis of, and potential therapeutic strategies for Acute Lung Injury and ARDS, a key cause of death in severely ill patients. A key long-term aim of this research strand is to develop into a core component of the University¡¦s focus on the potential applications of Somatic Gene Therapy to the therapy of diverse medical disease processes. The second area of investigation focuses cardiovascular research, with projects investigating the effects and mechanisms of action of sepsis on the myocardium and on the effects of drugs in the foetal-placental circulation.
CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
The Department is centrally involved in clinical research. Specific areas of focus in clinical research have been identified, focusing on the research interests and expertise of members of the Department. The major clinical research strands include Regional Anaesthesia, and the assessment of the utility of novel airway devices. Additional clinical research projects are encouraged, including the reporting of medical cases of unusual interest [i.e. case reports], and the conduct of audit projects and randomised clinical trials, in areas including obstetrics, ambulatory anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.
The Clinical Research Team.
Dr John McDonnell Leader, Regional Anaesthesia Research
Prof John G. Laffey Leader, Airway and Ventilation Research
Dr Olivia Finnerty Graduate (MD) Student, Regional Anaesthesia
Dr Anwar Malik Graduate (MD) Student, Airway Programme
In addition, the Department has identified specific Clinicians with interests, expertise and track records in specific clinical areas. These identified areas of specialisation comprise:
Clinical focus of Specialisation Co-ordinator
Intensive Care Medicine Prof Laffey / Dr Bates
Regional Anaesthesia Dr McDonnell / Dr Kinirons
Obstetrical Anaesthesia Dr Sharkey / Prof Laffey
Hyperbaric Medicine Dr Flynn / Dr Whyte
Pain Medicine Dr O’ Gorman
Ambulatory Anaesthesia Dr Grady / Dr McDonnell
The role of these clinicians is to act as mentors to Trainees wishing to pursue research projects in these clinical areas.
Each nominated clinician will undertake responsibility for all aspects of research projects within their area of expertise.