from Molecules to People

Further details of the conference programme and submitted abstracts may be viewed in the conference booklet. Click here to view.

Opening 9:00-9.15am

Professor Liam Fanning. Launch inaugural "from Molecules to People" conference

Professor John Cryan, VPRI, UCC. UCC's research ecosystem

Session 1: 9.20-11.00am. Subject: The molecules of life

Chair: Dr John McSharry and Dr Irina Korotchikova

Speaker 1: 20 minute talk. 5 minutes for questions (9.20-9.45am

  • Prof. Andrey Shkoporov. “The viral dark matter of the gut microbiome”. APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC

Speakers 2-4. 10 minutes per talk. 3 minutes for questions (9.45-10:24am)

  • 42. Exposure to maternal pre-eclampsia serum increases neurite growth and mitochondrial function through an IL-6-dependent mechanism in an in vitro model of neurodevelopment. Aaron Barron. Dept. Anatomy & Neuroscience
  • 123. Design, Build and Test of novel bacteria-delivered proteins for cancer therapy. Yensi Flores Bueso. CancerResearch@UCC
  • 132. Base editing rescues G542X CFTR mutation. Lucia Nicosia. CF Gene Editing Lab, Department of Physiology

Speakers 5-9: Elevator pitch style talks 3 minutes each. 1 question (10:25-11:00am)

  • 56. Assessment of functional outcomes and inflammatory markers in patients with Functional Movement Disorders receiving a physiotherapy intervention as part of a multidisciplinary approach to recovery. Kieran Doherty. Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioural Science
  • 86. Drug loaded-microneedle systems for the treatment of allergic conditions in children: preformulation and formulation studies. Maja Railic. School of Pharmacy
  • 74. Bovine Immune phagome. Aonghus Lavelle,  Dept Medicine
  • 154. Developing novel ionizable amino-polyesters for cell-type selective mRNA delivery. Aida López Espinar. School of Pharmacy
  • 153. Delivery of Tie2 mRNA to the endothelium as a novel strategy for the treatment of sepsis-induced multiple organ failure. Lianne Mulder. School of Pharmacy

11.00-11.30am: Coffee Break/Poster Viewing

Session 2: 11.30-1.25pm. Subject: from molecules to medicines

        Chair: Dr Gabriella Rizzo and Dr Asma Amamou

Speaker 19: 20 minute talk. 5 minutes for questions (11.30-11.55am)

  • Prof. Caitriona O'Driscoll "Non-invasive delivery of RNA medicines of the future". School of Pharmacy, UCC

Speakers 11-13. 10 minutes per talk. 3 minutes for questions (11:55-12:34pm)

  • 53. An IBD-associated pathobiont collaborates with NSAID to promote inflammation and cell death in the susceptible host via the caspase-8/NLRP3axis. Raminder Singh. APC Microbiome Ireland
  • 85. When benefits outweigh the risks: The First case of Triple Therapy CFTRmodulation (KaftrioTM) in a solid organ liver transplant recipient in Ireland. Hisham Ibrahim. Cork Adult CF Centre. CUH
  • 3. Defining the Therapeutic Potential of Class Specific Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors in an In Vitro Neuroinflammation Model of Parkinson’s Disease. Natalie Krakoski. Dept. Anatomy & Neuroscience

Speakers 14-18: Elevator pitch style talks 3 minutes each. 1 question (12:35-1:00pm) 

  • 45. Catching the Silent Killer: Can Long Non-Coding RNAs Diagnose and Classify Ovarian Cancer? Aideen McCabe. School of Biochemistry 
  • 121. Presence of CT-Evaluable Abnormal Body Composition Phenotypes is Associated with Poor Survival in Ambulatory Cancer Patients Receiving Systemic Therapy in Ireland (SARCONC Study). Erin Stella Sullivan. School of Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • 108. Investigating the peri-operative trend of inflammatory mediators in breast cancer and association between differential inflammatory mediatorsand tumour characteristics. Carolyn Cullinane. Dept. of Academic Surgery
  • 100. Tailoring strategies to support the implementation of Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE), a structured patient education programme for people with Type 1 diabetes. Fiona Riordan. School of Public Health
  • 152. Trait schizotypy and motivation for cannabis use and cessation: a cross-sectional study. Colm O’Tuathaigh. Medical Educational Unit

Speaker 10: 20 minute talk. 5 minutes for questions (1:00 - 1:25pm)

  • Prof. Piotr Kowalski. "Engineering messenger RNA nanotherapeutics". School of Pharmacy, UCC

Luncheon Break/Poster Session 1.25-2.15pm


Session 3: 2.15-4.20pm. Subject focus: People centric research

        Chair: Professor Nicole Muller and Ms. Shauna Bell 

Speaker 20: 20 minute talk. 5 minutes for questions (2.15-2.40pm)

  • Prof. Jonathan Drennan. “Magnet4Europe - Improving Health and Wellbeing in the Health Care Workplace”. School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC

Speakers 21-23. 10 minutes per talk. 3 minutes for questions (2:40-3:20pm)

  • 106. UniCoV–UCC – Surveillance and detection of SARS-CoV-2 on the UCC campus during the 2021-2022 Teaching year - Apps, antigens, saliva, wastewater and participation. John MacSharry. School of Medicine
  • 27. “Short stops” and “footnotes”: End-of-life care and the recently qualified doctor. Catherine Sweeney. Medical Educational Unit
  • 55. Fatal Fetal Anomaly: Exploring experiences of women and their partners. Peter Jackson. Pregnancy Loss Research Group, Cork University Maternity Hospital

Speakers 24-28: Elevator pitch style talks 3 minutes each. 1 question (3:20-3:45pm)

  • 57. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Determining the use of biologically based practices among Irish cancer survivors. Clodagh Scannell. CancerResearch@UCC
  • 127. Pregnancy Outcomes Following Recurrent First Trimester Miscarriage: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Laura Linehan. INFANT Centre. Dept.Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • 60. What Do Older Adults And Health Care Professionals Look For In A Food Product? Lauren O’Mahony. Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation
  • 79. TeCC (TeleHealth, Cystic Fibrosis, Corona-Virus) Study in a previous telehealth-naive-centre; Clinical challenges, outcomes, and user experience in the first six months of a global pandemic. Tamara Vagg. Cork Adult CF Centre, CUH
  • 29. Congenital anomalies among early neonatal deaths and very low birthweight infants in Ireland: Maternal, fetal and care characteristics. JanePeters. National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, UCC

Speaker 29: 20 minutes. 5 minutes for questions (3:45-4:10pm)

  • Prof. Deirdre Murray. “Predicting early brain function in high risk children and why it matters.” INFANT Centre, UCC

Prize announcements and close of conference, Professor Liam J Fanning 4:10-4.20pm