Dr Niamh O’Halloran, a recent National Breast Cancer Research Institute funded PhD graduate, won the Plenary Prize at the Sylvester O’Halloran Perioperative Symposium in Limerick in March 2019 for her work on ‘Evaluating the suitability and oncological safety of autologous breast cancer patient derived adipose derived stem cells for use in breast regeneration’. The work was funded by the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and carried out at the Lambe Institute for Translational Research, NUI Galway. The co-authors on this study were Katie Gilligan, Dr Roisin Dwyer, Professor Michael Kerin and the research was supervised by Professor Aoife Lowery. Niamh is continuing her surgical training in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.
Clodagh O’Neill, a second year PhD student part-funded by National Breast Cancer Research Institute was awarded the Irish Association for Cancer Research AOIFA Mobility Award at the IACR Conference in Belfast in March 2019. Clodagh will visit the laboratory of collaborator Professor Zhonglin Liu in the University of Arizona to work on imaging tumour-targeted migration of Extracellular Vesicles. Clodagh also recently published her first article on the ‘Role of Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) in Cell Stress Response and Resistance to Cancer Therapy’ in the international journal, Cancers. The paper was co-authored by Katie Gilligan and Clodagh’s mentor, Dr Róisín Dwyer.
Dr Andrew McGuire was conferred recently with a PhD in Surgery at NUI Galway. Andrew completed his PhD thesis on HER2 positive breast cancer at the Discipline of Surgery under the direction of Professor Michael Kerin and Dr James Brown and is now continuing his surgical training.
Some Recent Research Publications
- O’Neill et al (2019) Role of Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) in Cell Stress Response and Resistance to Cancer Therapy https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6694/11/2/136/htm
- McGuire et al (2019) Quantifying Tip60 (Kat5) stratifies breast cancer. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-40221-5.pdf
- O’Halloran et al (2018) Hydrogels in adipose tissue engineering—Potential application in post‐mastectomy breast regeneration https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/term.2753