Dr Shane Comer

Sanofi Newman Fellow in Haematology

Dr Shane Comer received a BSc in physiology from UCD and an MSc in immunology from TCD. He returned to UCD to study for his PhD in molecular haemostasis, which he completed at the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research in 2019.

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg (deep vein thrombosis) and travels through the circulatory system to lodge in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). The condition affects millions of individuals worldwide every year and is the third most common cause of death from cardiovascular disease, after heart attack and stroke. Enoxaparin is one of the most widely used anticoagulants for the prevention of VTE, and Shane is using his Fellowship to investigate how various factors related to obesity – including changes in coagulation, inflammation, and renal and hepatic function – influence the response to enoxaparin in obese individuals.

Shane is supervised by Professor Patricia Maguire and co-supervised by Professor Fionnuala Ní Áinle and Dr Kate O’Reilly. Shane is based at the UCD Conway Institute and UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science with the Fellowship is supported by Sanofi.

Dr Jane Cudmore

AbbVie BowelScreen Newman Fellow in Gastroenterology

Dr Jane Cudmore graduated from UCC in 2015 with a degree in medicine and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2019. She is currently working as a Gastroenterology Research Registrar in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital.

Jane will use her Newman Fellowship to continue the work that Dr Timothy Ryan commenced to evaluate the current approach to the management of familial colorectal cancer in Ireland, which has one of the highest mortality rates for the disease in Europe. Jane will expand the work into primary care and will also look critically at the modelling to maximise the incorporation of Clinical Genetics into cancer screening in general with a focus on colorectal cancer.

Jane is supervised by Professor Padraic MacMathúna in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital and UCD School of Medicine with the Fellowship supported by AbbVie and BowelScreen.

Dr Sarah Cullivan

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Newman Fellow in Pulmonary Hypertension and Translational Medicine

Dr Sarah Cullivan graduated from UCD in 2013 with a degree in medicine and became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2015. She has since gained extensive clinical experience in respiratory medicine, with a particular interest in pulmonary hypertension.

Sarah will use her Newman Fellowship to carry out a detailed characterisation of blood clotting and plasma extracellular vesicles in patients with pulmonary hypertension and in healthy control volunteers. Ultimately, these data may improve clinical management of patients with competing thrombotic and bleeding risks.

Sarah is supervised by Professor Sean Gaine and Professor Fionnuala NíAinle, at UCD School of Medicine, the Conway Institute and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. The Fellowship is supported by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Dr Jayne Doherty

INITIative Newman Fellow in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr Jayne Doherty graduated from NUIG with a degree in Medicine in 2013. Jayne has held Specialist Registrar posts in Gastroenterology in St James Hospital in Dublin, Cork University Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

Jayne will use her Fellowship to focus on the research projects in the Centre for Colorectal Disease and on understanding which cellular and molecular factors drive disease progression and condition response to treatment in inflammatory bowel disease.

Jayne is supervised by Professor Glen Doherty in the UCD School of Medicine and the Centre for Colorectal Disease, St Vincent’s University Hospital. The Fellowship is supported by INITIative.

Dr David Doolin

Kevin Brabazon Newman Fellow in the History of Rugby in Leinster

Dr David Doolin has a primary degree from Manchester Met University and a Masters from the University of Glasgow. He spent a number of years researching and working in Japan and then Washington DC, before pursuing a PhD in the University of Hawaii at Manoa. David moved to Boston, MA, before eventually returning to Ireland to take a teaching post at Maynooth University and Dublin Business School. With a keen interest in Irish and American history and global, social and cultural contexts, David has significant research and writing acumen within his discipline and from his own lived experience to date.

David will use his Newman Fellowship to undertake a comprehensive look at the history of rugby in Leinster incorporating the social and cultural context of Irish history, through which one can better understand both the place of rugby in people’s lives and the factors that influenced rugby’s development over time. It will document the place of rugby in the life of the province and its meaning for generations of Irish people for whom it has played a central part in their lives. 

David is supervised by Associate Professor Paul Rouse in the UCD School of History.

Dr Jonathan Evershed

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Newman Fellow in Constitutional Futures

Dr Jonathan Evershed is a political anthropologist with a research interest in postcolonialism, political identity and constitutionalism in the UK and Ireland. He holds a BA in Politics and Development Studies and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development, both from SOAS University of London. His PhD in Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast explored the contested identity of Ulster Loyalism during Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’. His subsequent research has examined the impact of Brexit on political relationships on and between ‘these islands’.

He will use his Newman Fellowship to continue this research, examining and contributing to debates about post-Brexit constitutional futures for the UK and Ireland, as part of the IBIS Constitutional Futures project.

Jonathan is supervised by Dawn Walsh and is based in the UCD School of Politics and International Relations, and the Institute for British-Irish Studies.

Dr Áine Gorman

AbbVie CARD (Centre for Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease) Newman Fellow in Rheumatology

Dr Áine Gorman has a degree in medicine from NUI Galway and specialist training and experience in rheumatology. She also holds a master’s degree in clinical education.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects 2.3 million EU citizens and some 40,000 people in Ireland, and many of these will receive expensive treatments that have sub-optimal or adverse effects. Áine’s Newman Fellowship project will investigate the underlying mechanisms of disease onset and progression in patients with early inflammatory arthritis, leading to the development of a more efficient and affordable precision medicine approach to identify appropriate treatments for individual patients at an earlier stage of the disease.

Áine is supervised by Professor Doug Veale, UCD School of Medicine and St Vincent’s University Hospital. The Fellowship is supported by AbbVie and CARD.

Dr Peter Hession

R. Dudley Edwards Newman Fellow in Irish History

Dr Peter Hession received a PhD in Modern Irish History from the University of Cambridge. He has since carried out postdoctoral research at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool.

Peter is using his Fellowship to explore the role of technology during the Great Irish Famine (1845–1852). By examining new and innovative technologies of exchange (rail, steam, road infrastructure) and relief (vats, mills, scales), he is investigating how the crisis of scarcity experienced in Ireland can be explained as much in terms of technical competence as ecological breakdown.

Peter is supervised by Professor John McCafferty and is based in the School of History at UCD.

Dr Yasmine Jnaid

CARA Newman Fellow in Plant Sciences

Dr Yasmine Jnaid received a PhD in plant biotechnology from Damascus University. During her PhD she developed innovative techniques for micropropagation and the synthesis of effective compounds found in medicinal plants.

The anti-inflammatory molecule astaxanthin is used as a health supplement for human consumption, as well as an important feedstuff for farmed salmon. During her Fellowship, Yasmine aims to show that cell suspension cultures can be used to grow astaxanthin cells in large volumes, with identical chemical and biological characteristics to that of astaxanthin produced naturally by algae. This project may establish a framework for future studies using similar technology for the production of other commercially and medically important proteins.

Yasmine is supervised by Associate Professor Paul McCabe and is based at the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science. The Fellowship is supported by CARA.

Dr Daniel Johnston

AbbVie Newman Fellow in Dermatology

Dr Daniel Johnston graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA (Mod) in biochemistry with immunology in 2012, and a PhD in immunology in 2017. He subsequently held the Bryan Warren Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College, Oxford, and carried out postdoctoral research at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at the University of Oxford.

Daniel’s research as a Newman Fellow aims to examine the systemic and local (hair follicle-associated) inflammatory environment in the severe cutaneous immune-mediated inflammatory disease hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Systemic inflammation is a recognised feature of this disease. The project will examine the body-wide inflammation status of patients with HS and assess skin-specific inflammation that targets the hair follicle – the origin site of the disease.

Daniel is supervised by Professor Desmond Tobin and Professor Brian Kirby, UCD School of Medicine and Charles Institute of Dermatology. The Fellowship is supported by AbbVie.

Dr Niamh Kirk

Microsoft Newman Fellow in Digital Policy

Dr Niamh Kirk is a communications and sociology scholar. She completed post-doctoral research on the Horizon 2020 RePast project examining post-conflict societies and European integration, with a specific focus on news and social media, at University College Dublin’s School of Information and Communication Studies. Niamh has led projects reviewing European policies on online platform regulation and compliance as well been lead author on several Digital News Report for Ireland focused on digital media consumption.

Niamh will use her Newman Fellowship to advance the development of the field of digital policy in Europe and in Ireland by asking the question: How do we begin thinking about developing an approach to digital policy that refuses the bipolarity between stringent regulation that stifles innovation and a free-for-all that affords few if any protections to end users? The project will research this important area of digital policy and develop a three-pronged approach: mapping the terrain, identifying omissions and priorities, and suggesting approaches.

Niamh is supervised by Professor Eugenia Siapera and Professor Kalpana Shankar and is based in the School of Information and Communication Studies.

Dr Hugo Moireras

Janssen and City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity Newman Fellow in Dermatological Sciences

Dr Hugo Moreiras graduated with a BSc in biotechnology in 2012 and an MSc in genetics and molecular biology in 2015. In 2013 he was conferred with a PhD from NOVA Medical School, Lisbon, for his research on ageing and chronic diseases.

Hugo’s Newman Fellowship project will focus on vitiligo, the most common skin pigmentation disorder, affecting 1% of people worldwide. Vitiligo is difficult to treat and carries a significant psychological burden and social stigma, especially in those with skin of colour. Melanocyte damage/death in vitiligo appears to be due to a defective redox balance in the epidermis and associated (auto)immune factors. Hugo aims to explore how melanocyte-maturation status (including redox-reactive melanin synthesis) may trigger cytopathic change in vitiligo skin.

Hugo is supervised by Professor Desmond Tobin, UCD School of Medicine and Charles Institute of Dermatology. The Fellowship is supported by Janssen and City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity.

Dr Shane O'Donnell

Aoife Galvin / AIB Newman Fellowship in Frontline and Adolescent Mental Health

Dr Shane O’Donnell received a PhD in sociology from University College Dublin in 2014. His research focuses broadly on health inequalities, digital health and patient activism and he has a particular interest in how patient-led open-source movements are transforming healthcare in the 21st century.

Shane will use his Fellowship to document the psychosocial impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare workers. The project will utilise a suite of participatory, co-creation methods to develop a toolkit aimed at helping individuals cope with both the short and longer-term psychological consequences of delivering healthcare during a pandemic.

Shane is supervised by Associate Professor Blanaid Gavin in the UCD School of Medicine. His Fellowship is supported by Donal Galvin and the AIB Together Fund.

 

Dr Brendan O'Kelly

Gilead Pfizer GSK Newman Fellow in Post Covid 19 Syndrome

Dr Brendan O’Kelly graduated with a medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2013 and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2016. He has worked in Beaumont Hospital, The Mater Hospital and St James’s Hospital as an Infectious Diseases Specialist Registrar and completed clinic training in Infectious Diseases in July 2021.

His research will focus on aspects of COVID-19 including seroprevalence high-risk cohorts, management of hospitalised patients with COVID-19. He will also be exploring long term sequelae of COVID-19 through the Anticipate cohort in the Mater Hospital. Up to 37.7% of patients experience symptoms beyond three months since initial infection, better defining this is an important endeavour. He is supervised by Professor Lambert, through the UCD School of Medicine. His Fellowship is supported by Gilead, Pfizer and GSK.

Dr Dáire O'Leary

AbbVie SOBI Nordic Pharma Newman Fellow in Paediatric Rheumatology

Dr Dáire O’Leary studied medicine at UCD and graduated with an MB BCh BAO in 2006. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in child health and a master’s degree in clinical education, and has completed specialist training in paediatrics.

Dáire’s Newman Fellowship project will examine the molecular pathogenesis of chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis (CNO), a rare autoinflammatory bone disease that predominantly affects children and adolescents. She will investigate whether there is an association between genetic variants found in patients with CNO, their bone biopsy findings and disease severity. This work will increase understanding of the cause of the disease and ultimately allow the personalisation of treatments to suit individual patients and control the disease more effectively. .

Dáire is supervised by Professor Gerry Wilson and Dr Orla Killeen, UCD School of Medicine and Conway Institute. Her Fellowship is supported by AbbVie, SOBI and Nordic Pharma.

Dr. Neil O’Moráin

Janssen Newman Fellow in IBD and COVID-19

Dr. Neil O’Moráin completed a B.A. in European Studies in TCD in 2006 and an M.Sc. in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics in 2007 before commencing Graduate Entry Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Irelandin 2008. He graduated with an M.B. B.Sc and B.A.O. in 2012 and completed his internship at Beaumont Hospital, followed by Basic Specialty Training in Internal Medicine on the Trinity Training Scheme. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2015. He is currently in his final year of Higher Specialist Training in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, having worked in Tallaght University, Galway University, Naas General, St. James’ and St. Vincent’s University Hospitals.

Neil will use his Newman Fellowship to explore the role of intestinal inflammation on disease severity and outcome in COVID-19 infection, as well as investigate novel biomarkers and non-invasive surveillance methods, including FIT testing and colon capsule, for colorectal cancer screening. Neil is supervised by Professor Glen Doherty, UCD School of Medicine and St. Vincent’s University Hospital. His Newman Fellowship is supported by the Centre for Colorectal Disease at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Dr Shameer Rafee

Merrion Neuroscience Newman Fellow in Cervical Dystonia

Dr Shameer Rafee studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin and subsequently worked as a senior house officer in neurosurgery in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Shameer’s Newman Fellowship research will inform the development of appropriate treatments for patients with cervical dystonia, a condition characterised by muscle spasms and pain in the head, neck and shoulders; most commonly the head and neck twists to one side. It is proposed that people with cervical dystonia have a disorder in a neural pathway between the colliculus and the amygdala, which may be relevant to disordered social cognition and perhaps result in a secondary mood disorder. Shameer will investigate the functioning of this pathway in cervical dystonia patients.

Shameer is supervised by Professor Michael Hutchinson, UCD School of Medicine and St Vincent’s University Hospital. His Fellowship is supported by the Merrion Neuroscience Foundation.

Dr Roisin Stack

Pfizer Newman Fellow in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr Roisin Stack was conferred with a degree in medicine from NUI Galway in 2011. She has a special interest in gastroenterology and has gained extensive clinical expertise in this field of medicine.

Roisin’s Newman Fellowship project will investigate the impact of dietary supplements on intestinal microbial diversity and quality of life in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. There is no known cure for these diseases, but dietary supplements could potentially improve how leaky the gut is, stimulate a more normal variety to gut bacteria and improve patient wellbeing overall.

Roisin is supervised by Professor Glen Doherty, UCD School of Medicine and St Vincent’s University Hospital. Her Fellowship is supported by Pfizer.

Dr Sonia Sundanum

Janssen Newman Fellow in Rheumatology

Dr Sonia Sundanum graduated with an MB BCh BAO in 2013 and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2016. Sonia is due to complete a Masters in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine in UCD in 2022. Her main research interests are in Rheumatology and general internal medicine.

Inflammatory arthritis (IA) such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are the two most common autoimmune diseases. Sonia’s Fellowship project will contribute to ongoing research in identifying the cellular mechanisms both circulatory and site of inflammation (synovium) that differentiate RA and PsA response and progression, to allow for the identification of new disease markers and
drug-candidates for the treatment of RA, PsA and possibly other autoimmune diseases. This project which will contribute to basic knowledge of the disease pathogenesis.

Sonia is supervised by Professor Douglas Veale, and will be based in the UCD School of Medicine and Centre for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and will collaborate with the Department of Molecular Rheumatology in TCD with co-supervision from Professor Ursula Fearon.

Dr Meera Tandan

Centric Health Newman Fellow in General Practice

Dr Meera Tandan holds a PhD in Medicine from NUIG and has a masters degree in Public Health from B.P Koirala Institute of Health Science in Nepal. Dr Tandan’s main research areas are Public Health, Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Resistance, Primary Care and Health Service research.

Dr Tandan will use her Fellowship to explore and examine the challenges, solutions and change mechanisms required to deliver enhanced, team-based healthcare to the Irish population. The project will examine current general practice team-working and clinical care initiatives and evaluate their impact and seek to develop solutions for healthcare workers.

Dr Tandan is supervised by Professor Gerard Bury and is based in the UCD School of Medicine in the Centre for Emergency Medical Science. Her Fellowship is supported by Centric Health.

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