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Health Revolutions - Research driving innovation in the world of health and well being

A globally focused conference spotlighting innovations, inventions and world-leading research which is revolutionising the world of healthcare. This free 1-day event will include speakers from across industry, research and healthcare systems to address topics such as:  'Health service delivery for the 21st century', 'Building healthier communities' and 'Treatments of the future - drug, surgical and diagnostic innovations'.

Tuesday 13th October 2015, The Analog Devices Building, University of Limerick, Registration 8:30am - 5pm. Networking lunch provided. Places are limited

Full conference itinerary

Eventbrite - Health Revolutions


Dick Ahlstrom 

Conference Moderator:  Dick Ahlstrom is science editor at The Irish Times, a position he has held since 1997. He writes a monthly column on research and innovation in Monday's finance pages and is a regular contributor on innovation issues. He worked on the newsdesk for about a decade and has also been science correspondent and an ICT columnist for the newspaper's finance pages. 

Speakers include:

Michael Dowling 

Michael Dowling, keynote: 'BREAKING WITH THE STATUS QUO - building a world-class healthcare system'.

Michael Dowling, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Northwell Health System, which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area; pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra Northwell Health School of Medicine; and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co., Inc. Northwell Health is the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State with more than 6,400 beds and a total workforce of about 54,000 employees - the state's largest private employer. With 19 hospitals, more than 400 outpatient physician practices and a full complement of long-term care services, Northwell Healthis one of the nation's largest health systems, with billion in annual revenue.  Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system's executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining Northwell Healthin 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.

 Stephen Smith


Professor Stephen K Smith, University of Melbourne. Address: "Clinical role of medical schools in a modern Health Service".

Professor Stephen Smith, Dean, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne and. Chair of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health. Professor Smith is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health Sciences. Prior to taking up the position of Dean, Professor Smith was Vice President (Research) at the Nanyang Technological University which led the review of a Singapore Stratified Medicine effort focused on Diabetes and Oncology.  He was the Founding Dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine from August 2010 to July 2012. A gynaecologist by training, he has published over 230 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer. He was awarded his Doctor of Science in 2001 for his work in Cambridge on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of blood vessels in reproductive tissue. Prof Smith led the formation of the UK's first Academic Health Science Centre and its integration with Imperial College London (ICL). He was Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at ICL and had been Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare National Health Service Trust since its inception, the largest such trust in the United Kingdom.

 Dr Peter K Gregersen



Dr Peter K. Gregersen, Northwell Health, Feinstein Institute. Address: "Leveraging Population Genetics to Understand Human Disease Mechanisms".

Dr Gregersen received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1976, and trained in internal medicine and rheumatology.  During the 1980's, Dr. Gregersen cloned and sequenced the major HLA class II alleles associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and first described the "shared epitope" hypothesis to explain the complex pattern of HLA associations with RA.  In the 1990's he founded the North American Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium (NARAC) which has made a major contribution to identifying risk alleles associated with rheumatoid arthritis.  Dr. Gregersen has collaborated extensively on genetic studies of many other human autoimmune disorders, and is also pursuing genetic studies of several neurocognitive traits including absolute pitch and synesthesia.  In 2007 Dr. Gregersen was the recipient of the Klemperer Medal from New York Academy of Medicine as well as the Distinguished Basic Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology. He was elected to membership in the Association of American Physicians in 2009.  He was awarded the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2013. Dr. Gregersen has recently developed an interest in the geČnetics and biology of endometriosis, and is now the lead investigator for the Research Out Smarts Endometriosis (ROSE) project.

 Dr Thomas McGinn



Dr Thomas McGinn: address "Evidence Integration at the point of care".

Dr Thomas McGinn, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Medicine Service Line and serves the Hofstra Northwell Health School of Medicine as Chair of the Department of Medicine. Dr. McGinn oversees all Northwell Health medicine programs, with more than 450 full-time physicians, 1,500 voluntary physicians, 100 fellows, and 140 medical residents. On the clinical side, Dr. McGinn leads the largest department within the Health System where twelve medical sub-specialties work together to manage complex and diverse communities of patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings. In today's rapidly changing field of healthcare, Dr. McGinn and the Department of Medicine play a critical role in the evolution of care and wellness programs for a population of over 7 million people in Long Island, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Before joining Northwell Health in February 2011, Dr. McGinn was Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. McGinn is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is internationally acknowledged as an authority in evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness, and has established core research programs of his own.

 Michael Zaworotko Professor Michael Zaworotko, is the Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering and Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor at the University of Limerick. Research activities have focused upon fundamental and applied aspects of crystal engineering since 1990. Currently, metal-organic materials (MOMs), especially microporous and nanoporous sorbents, and multi-component pharmaceutical materials (MPMs) such as cocrystals, hydrates and ionic cocrystals are of particular interest. Professor Zaworotko has published over 350 peer reviewed papers, review articles and patents that have been cited >26,000 times. In 2011 Thomson-Reuters listed him as the 20th highest impact chemist since 2000 and in 2014 he was listed as a highly cited researcher also by Thomson Reuters.
 Conn Murray

Conn Murray, Chief Executive, Limerick City & County Council and Director, Age Friendly Ireland. Conn's career commenced 34 years ago in his native County of Meath. Since then he worked in 9 different local authorities including Clonmel, Limerick City, Cork City and was appointed City Manager in Waterford in September 2003. Subsequent to that he was appointed Manager of Louth County Council in September 2007 and in August 2012 he was appointed CEO/Manager of both Limerick County and City Councils.

 Calvin Coffey Professor Calvin Coffey, Foundation Chair of Surgery at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick and University Hospitals Limerick. Professor Coffey is a general and colorectal surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery. His clinical focus is in colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), pelvic floor abnormalities.
 Anne Connolly

Anne Connolly, CEO, Irish Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX) - a recently established collaborative network of industry, academia, investors and government agencies, developing and commercialising innovations for the global older consumer market. This market is projected by Merrill Lynch to be worth by 2020 and ISAX aims to make Ireland a global strategic location for R&D, and new product development in this rapidly growing market by providing dedicated test-beds, incubator units and real time intelligence on key developments. This follows on from her role (2006-2013) as the Executive Director of the Ageing Well Network, an independent think-tank and catalyst for social change, comprising senior managers from government departments and agencies, companies, NGOs, academics and service providers.   Prior to that, and following her role as strategic planner in Kingspan Buildings Products, she established her own strategic management consultancy practice with clients such as Siemens Aviva, Waterford Crystal, ICS, Arts Council.  She is currently a member of the board of SEAI, a governor of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook and a member of their Voluntary Housing Association.  Prior to that she has been a director of a number of boards - Fabulous Beast Dance Company, An Post, Simon Community Ireland, ICC Bank, APSO.


 Paul Finucane Professor Paul Finucane, Chief Academic Officer, UL Hospitals and Professor Emeritus at the University of Limerick.  Prior to taking up his post at UL Hospitals, Paul worked at the University of Limerick for over ten years, initially leading a team to establish the Graduate-Entry Medical School and then serving as Foundation Head of School from 2007 to 2012.   Paul also has a long association with the Irish Medical Council, where at different times, he has been Director of Education and a Council Member.  He is a Fellow of both the Irish and Australasian Colleges of Physicians.  Paul qualified in Medicine from UCC in 1978 and subsequently trained in Academic Geriatric Medicine and as a Medical Educator.  Through the 1990s, he was Professor of Rehabilitation & Aged Care at Flinders University in Adelaide.  He has also worked in the Yemen Arab Republic (as a Concern volunteer), in Wales and in many parts of Ireland. 
 Katie Murphy Katie Murphy, Research and Development Officer, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Murphy has worked with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland since Jan 2012 working as both a Regional Development Officer and more recently Research & Development Officer. She has a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Health Promotion. As well as working as a researcher at the Health Promotion Research Centre in NUI Galway she also has experience in teaching on the postgraduate course in Health Promotion. As a person with Cystic Fibrosis (PWCF) Katie also acts as a patient advocate, with a particular interest in promoting patient involvement in; research, health technology assessment, policy development and the development of clinical care standards and practices. Other areas of interest include; availability of new therapies, exploring the patient experience in the health care system,
Prof Michael Larvin 

Professor Michael Larvin, Head, Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), University of Limerick. A passionate educator, Prof Larvin has been involved in the training of surgeons since 1993.  Foundation Professor of Surgery at the University of Nottingham Graduate Entry Medical School since 2002, he previously worked at the Universities of Leeds and London, Ulm (Germany), and in the USA where he first encountered graduate entry medicine, and he gained a research Doctorate and education Masters along the way.  His clinical and research experience lies in pancreatic disease, metabolism and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery, including operations for severe obesity, and educational interests include technology enhanced learning, both e-learning and immersive simulation. Formerly Director of Education at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Director of the NHS eLibrary for Surgery, Theatres and Intensive Care and national clinical champion for surgical eLearning for the UK Department of Health.  His personal philosophy is that medical education should be challenging but enjoyable, both for students and for those who teach and inspire them. 

 Niall O'Leary Niall O'Leary is the Executive Director and Site Head at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., based in Raheen, Limerick.  Mr O'Leary is responsible for the general management of Regeneron's Industrial Operations and Product Supply (IOPS) bulk biologics API site since April 2014.  Prior to this position, he served as Senior Director, QA Inspection Management in Rensselaer, NY, USA since joining the company in January 2012. Prior to joining Regeneron, Mr. O'Leary held various managerial positions of increasing responsibility in Pulmatrix, Inc., Alkermes Inc., Organogenesis Inc. and Merck Serono. Mr O'Leary received a BSc. in biotechnology from Dublin City University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Austin Stack  Professor Austin Stack, Director, Health Research Institute, University of Limerick and Foundation Chair of Medicine at GEMS and Consultant Nephrologist at University Hospital Limerick. His principal interests include: assessment of treatment strategies for chronic kidney disease (CKD) & end-stage kidney disease (ESKD); determinants and outcomes of acute kidney injury (AKI); cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk assessment; clinical impact of gout and hyperuricaemia; risk prediction models; and the application of IT communications systems in clinical and epidemiological research.
 Mary Shire Dr Mary Shire, Vice President Research, University of Limerick. Dr. Shire holds a degree in Chemistry and Biology and a PhD in Chemistry from NUI Maynooth, together with an MBA from the University of Limerick. While working with leading US-based pharmaceutical company Celgene Corporation, Dr. Shire developed inventions for drug discovery covered by 20 US patents. A number of these compounds are on the market in the US and Europe for the treatment of life-threatening diseases. Following this Dr. Shire returned to Ireland and joined a Japanese Pharmaceutical company, Yamanouchi Ireland, based in Dublin. In 2000, Dr. Shire moved to work with Schwarz Pharma Ltd in Shannon where she established a successful R&D team. With the establishment of Accelerated Technology Solutions Ltd in 2004, Dr Shire launched a company, providing training and consultancy to Irish pharmaceutical companies. A Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) - the first Irish researcher to be appointed to the NAI.
Keith Wood

Keith Wood, Director W2 Consulting and Chair Healthy Ireland. Keith is a former professional rugby player with direct insights in sports marketing, brand engagement, strategic planning and sponsorship management. He has been instrumental in the successful delivery of a range of sports and community facility projects and continues to commit time to a wide range of community projects. Keith holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick for services to Sport and was the inaugural winner of the IRB World Player of the Year in 2001. He sits on a number of boards that include Special Olympics, University of Limerick Sports Arena and Spin South West Radio Station and is Chair of Healthy Ireland.  Keith also established the W2 Foundation, a benevolent fund for Sport, Education and Physical & Intellectual Disability.




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