School of Medicine NEWS

INMED – Irish Network of Medical Educators – held their 2019 ASM in ILAS building of NUI Galway from 6th to 8th February.

INMED is a voluntary organisation dedicated to improving the quality of health professions education on the island of Ireland through the promotion of faculty development, excellence in teaching and research.

Their annual scientific meeting runs over 2.5 days with a full preconference day of teacher development and educational research workshops. The conference this year was attended by approx 200 delegates and the conference theme was Health Professions Education: Developing the Whole Person

The medical orchestra performed at the conference dinner in the Aula Maxima and delighted the delegates with this performance of Vena Vitae:


NUI Galway Emeritus Professor awarded prestigious research medal

Professor Michael Kane, Emeritus Professor of Physiology at NUI Galway, is the 2016 winner of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility’s premier research award, the Marshall Medal. Professor Kane accepted this prestigious award at the Annual Conference of the Society in Winchester, England recently.

Professor Kane was awarded the Marshall Medal in acknowledgement of his major contribution to understanding the factors that influence ovarian follicular growth and pre-implantation embryo development.

The Marshall Medal was established in 1963 as an annual award to honour an outstanding researcher in the field of reproductive biology. Previous winners of the award include the Nobel prize winner Bob Edwards for his work developing IVF as a fertility treatment and Hilda Bruce and Wesley Whitten who separately discovered the effect of pheromones on mammalian reproduction.

Congratulating Professor Kane, Dr Jim Browne, NUI Galway President said: “This is a wonderful recognition of Professor Michael Kane and his research at NUI Galway over many decades. On behalf of the University, I’d like to join with his colleagues and friends in congratulating Michael on receiving the prestigious Marshall Medal, acknowledging the impact of his research on the field of reproductive physiology.”

Most of Professor Kane’s professional academic life was spent at NUI Galway and was Head of the Department of Physiology from 1995 until his retirement in 2006 and he also served as pre-clinical Vice Dean and acting Head of Anatomy during that time. Michael was previously awarded the Conway Medal from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland in 1990, a DSc from the National University of Ireland in 2005 and elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007.

Professor Tim O’Brien, Dean of The College of Medicine Nursing and Health Science at NUI Galway, said: “This is a hugely deserved award for Professor Michael Kane who made enormous contributions to our medical school and university. His research, honoured with this award, laid the foundations for subsequent research programmes in the school of Medicine such as that in stem cell biology.”


NUI Galway School of Medicine - Discipline of Surgery

Congratulations to Dr Donald Courtney (MD Student, supervised by Prof Michael Kerin) who won the poster prize at the 24th Sylvester O’Halloran Perioperative Scientific Symposium in Limerick on March 5th 2016 for his research entitled Comparative Analysis of Adipose Derived Stem Cells from breast tissue and mesenchymal stem cells by Immunophenotyping.

NUI Galway Pain Researcher Wins Prize for Presentation

An NUI Galway PhD student was awarded first prize for her poster presentation at the Eighth Annual Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Pain Medicine which took place in Dublin recently. The prize was awarded to Louise Corcoran from Tuam, Co. Galway.

The research poster presentations were judged by a panel of experts who commended the high quality of the research. Researchers from the Centre for Pain Research and Galway Neuroscience Centre (within the NCBES) at NUI Galway have had an excellent record of success in this competition over recent years.

Prize-winner Louise, a second-year PhD candidate in the Discipline of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, won first prize for her poster presentation entitled ‘Impaired expression of fear-conditioned analgesia in the stress- and pain-hyper responsive Wistar-Kyoto rat strain’. Louise’s research, supervised by Professor David Finn and Dr Michelle Roche, involves the investigation of mechanisms underlying co-existent mood and pain disorders as well as the identification of future therapeutic targets. Louise’s research is funded jointly by NUI Galway, a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship from the Irish Research Council and a grant from Science Foundation Ireland.

Professor David Finn, Co-Director of NUI Galway’s Centre for Pain Research, said: “We are delighted to see NUI Galway researchers win these prestigious prizes for their work. Our pain research aims to advance the understanding and treatment of chronic pain, a major unmet clinical need affecting at least 20% of the population.” 

 Pain Researcher wins poster presentation

2015 Intervarsity Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition

Year 4 medical students, Jenny Fitzgibbon and Ming Cai won the 2015 intervarsity Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition on Nov 25th. This year's debate topic was "People ask all the time how I'm doing, but the truth is, they don't really want to know". Each of the 7 medical schools on the island of Ireland compete in this annual debating competition and this is the 4th time NUI Galway have won the competition in the last 9 years.

Photo courtesy of College of Psychiatrists of Ireland at

Dr. H H Stewart Medical Scholarships and Prizes 2015 – communication received from Helen Scanlon, Executive Assistant at National University of Ireland

 At a ceremony on the 10th November in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Chancellor of the National University of Ireland Dr Maurice Manning presented awards valued in excess of €850,000 to graduates and students of NUI. NUI honoured scholars of distinction at every stage of their academic studies, from undergraduates to senior scholars well established in their fields of expertise. Over 30 students and graduates of NUI Galway were awarded prizes. NUI Galway graduates received a number of awards, including five Travelling Studentships – one in the Humanities and four in the Sciences – and the Dr Mary Thornton Scholarship in Education, which was shared by two winners. NUI Galway undergraduates received twenty-three medals and commendations in the Dr. H H Stewart Medical Scholarship competitions, including nine medals for first prize.

Speaking at the event, Dr Manning congratulated the award recipients, commending their scholarly distinction and ‘outstanding academic achievement’.  He highlighted the importance of promoting scholars and scholarship as a core aim of NUI, and stated that the University is ‘very pleased to be able to offer this level of support for academic achievement and through its awards to provide opportunities for able students to engage in further studies’.


The Irish Times features Dr. Andrea Holmes 'A week in my sexual assault clinic'

Dr. Andrea Holmes is one of our lecturers, she has recently been featured in The Irish Times Health & Family supplement. Read the article here

NUIG and Bon Secours Hospital Galway join forces for medical student training

NUI Galway and the Bon Secours Hospital Galway have joined forces for Medical Student Training.  The Bon Secours Hospital in Renmore will now be recognised as an affiliated teaching hospital of NUI Galway following an agreement between the two institutions.  The partnership also offers development opportunities in teaching to the staff at the Bons Secours.  NUI Galway will now offer clinical placement opportunities to final year Medical Students in the Bon Secours Hospital as part of their final year training programme.  The partnership will provide NUI Galways medical and nursing students with excellent exposure to clinical practive in the private hospital setting.

NUI Galway Medical Orchestra Perform in Rome for St. Patrick’s Day

The NUI Galway Medical Orchestra performed at the International Festival of Music in La Sapienza, Rome.  This is the first time in the history of NUI Galway that an event of this caliber has been initiated.  The Medical Orchestra has a membership of 54 medical students, and perform a selection of folk and contemporary material including original material by musician, arranger and Orchestra Director, Carl Hession.

The Medical Orchestra at NUI Galway has been in existence since 2011 and it has already established itself as a very positive initiative with a number of high profile public performances.  The orchestra is open to students across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery and Health Sciences, and students from 1st, 2nd and 4th year may select the orchestra to attain academic credit under the special study module (SSM) programme, which is led by Dr. Gerard Flaherty of the School of Medicine.  Other medical students simply participate for their own enjoyment and personal development.


Jig for Pipes

Jig for Pipes