IICN Meetings

Registrar's Prize in Clinical Neuroscience 2018

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Dr. John McHugh, Director of the Registrar's Prize in Clinical Neuroscience and Consultant in Paediatric Clinical Neurophysiology, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin

The IICN Registrars’ Prize took place on the 9th of November in Dublin. The meeting was hosted once again in the venerable and splendid surroundings of the RDS.  The IICN would like to acknowledge its thanks to the meeting’s longtime sponsor, Biogen for their unwavering support of the meeting.

Despite wet and windy conditions outside, consultants and registrars from all over Ireland, North and South, attended in large numbers and were rewarded with two highly engaging and informative Neuroscience sessions.

Dr. Luke O'Donnell and Dr. Michael Doyle   Ms. Siobhan Feeley and Ms. Cara Gregg

Dr Shane Smith, Consultant Neurologist from the Mater Hospital, chaired the morning and early afternoon Interesting Case Report sessions, in which eighteen registrars presented a variety of clinical cases.  These represented a mixture of the extremely rare and the clinically novel and cases illustrating how more common clinical presentations can be worked up to the highest levels of clinical and academic excellence.  Cases included novel neurogenetic break-throughs, expositions of the neurological manifestations of check-point inhibitor and other drugs, as well as the long-awaited diagnosis for Mr Willy Loman, the central character of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

Dr. Eamonn Shaikh and Dr. Maria Gaughan
Dr. John McHugh and Dr. Shane Smyth
Dr. Bernadette Monaghan, Dr. Hugh Kearney and Dr. Eimer Maloney
Dr. Eoghan Deasy and Dr. Rob Durcan
Dr. Shane Lyons and Dr. Arif Shukralla

Dr. Mary Clare McKenna and Dr. Michael Murphy

Interesting Case Report Awards

A panel of senior Consultant Neurologists struggled to separate candidates in what was overall a first class exposé of clinical neurology, and artful public presentation. 

Dr. Mei Yap                                     Dr. Luke O'Donnell

Dr. Jon McKee

Dr. Maria Gaughan

Dr. Eoghan Deasy

However, after lengthy deliberation, Dr Luke O’Donnell (Tallaght University Hospital) emerged as the overall winner of the Interesting Case Report competition, with joint runner up presentations being awarded to Dr Shane Lyons (UCHG) and Dr Michael Murphy (Tallaght University Hospital). 

All prize-winners received a specially commissioned, IICN plaque, made for the occasion by Dublin Crystal.

(L) Dr. John McHugh presents the prize for his Interesting Case Report presentation to Dr. Luke O'Donnell.


(R) Dr. Michael Murphy and Dr. Shane Lyons receiving their award for their Interesting Case Reports from Dr. John McHugh

Dr. Áine Merwick, Dr. Brian Sweeney and Dr. Karen O'Connell

Dr. Eva Forman and Dr. Mary Regan

Dr. Shane Smyth, Dr. Yudy Llamas and Dr. Donal Costigan

Dr. Ferghal McVerry and Dr. Mark McCarron

Dr. Janice Redmond and Professor Francesca Brett

Dr. Shane Smyth, Dr. Eoghan Deasy and Dr. Rob Durcan

Dr. Brian Sweeney and Dr. Donal Costigan


Original Research Award

Following lunch, the Original Research competition got underway. Six registrars presented over 15 minutes each.  The topics included original epidemiological studies in epilepsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), neurosurgical papers on gravitational effects and intracranial pressure, neurology papers on acute stroke, new-onset refractory status epilepticus in children and prognostic determination in non-epileptic attack disorders.

Dr, Eva Forman
Mr. Stavros Constantinou

Dr. Marie Ryan

Dr. Gavin McCluskey

Dr. Eimer Maloney

The winner of the original research presentations was Dr Marie Ryan, who presented the Heritability of ALS in Irish population on behalf of Professor Orla Hardiman’s Academic Unit of Neurology in Trinity College Dublin. Dr Ryan presented a fantastic piece of original research which quantified a genetic contribution of close to 50% for the risk of developing ALS and identified a novel contribution of sex to the genetic contribution.


Dr. John McHugh presenting her award to Dr. Marie Ryan for her Original Research presentation



The meeting concluded with thanks to the RDS and its staff, to Biogen for sponsoring the meeting, to the contributors, judges, chairpersons and especially to Ms Colette Fitzpatrick, IICN manager, without whom this very high quality annual event could not take place.

The Registrars’ Prize meeting is a special part of the Neurosciences calendar in Ireland.  It is an appropriate and deserved celebration of the long, the hard, the exceptional and often unseen work that goes on within our Irish hospital departments every day. We should be greatly encouraged about the superb quality of Neurology and Neurosurgical registrars training in Ireland.  We look forward to next year’s meeting!


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