News and Opportunities

Newman Fellowships become available on a rolling basis as new donors join the Programme. Fellowships can be established across any of the university disciplines, as per the interests of the donor. Each successful Fellow receives a stipend of €35,000 per annum for a period of two years. Current vacancies are advertised on the UCD Graduate Studies website.

Newman Fellowship | News and Recent Highlights

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Launch of PiNNacle funded by the Presentation Sisters – December 2018

Wednesday 12 December saw the launch of PiNNacle, an innovative research project which aims to build teaching capacity in the developing world. Led by Professors Deirdre Raftery and Marie Clarke in the School of Education, this project will identify and promote what is best in teacher education for women teachers in developing contexts and provide generous Masters scholarships for women teachers from pilot schools in India and Pakistan to study at UCD.

We were pleased to welcome the Presentation Sisters, who have so generously supported this project, Ambassador Sandeep Kumar from the Embassy of India and Ambassador Shuja Alam from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.  Both Ambassadors were eager to express their full support of PiNNacle and the education and empowerment of girls and women in India and Pakistan.  Sister Margarita spoke so impassionately about their ‘explicit mission to work for the transformation of unjust systems, the Integrity of Creation, and the flourishing of humanity and earth’.  She also spoke about the Presentation Sisters’ commitment in ‘supporting important projects that strive to eliminate human trafficking, eradicate rape as a weapon of war, resist gender-based violence and violence against women, defend indigenous peoples and migrants, and support the education of girls and women’.

We used this important event to congratulate Dr Mags Liddy on becoming the new Nano Nagle Newman Fellow in Education, who will spend the next two years researching sustainable models of teacher education for developing world contexts. Congratulations to the School of Education and UCD Foundation for enabling this worthwhile collaboration.

Sister Mary Rossiter, Professor Deirdre Raftery, Sister Concepta O’Brien, Sister Maura Murphy, Sister Anne Codd, Sister Margarita Ryan, Provincial Leader, Dr Mags Liddy, Nano Nagle Newman Fellow & Dr Bernadette Flanagan

Sister Mary Codd, Prof Dolores O’Riordan, Vice-President for Global Engagement, and UCD President, Prof Andrew J Deeks

Liz McFeely, Prof Dolores O’Riordan, Jessica Kavanagh, Dr Catriona Delaney, Professor Orla Feely, Dr Mags Liddy, Nano Nagle Newman Fellow in Education, Ruth Ferris, Professor Dympna Devine, UCD President, Prof Andrew J Deeks, H.E. Shuja Alam, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr Seaneen Sloan, Professor Deirdre Raftery, Professor Colin Scott, Professor Marie Clarke

H.E. Sandeep Kumar, Ambassador Of India

H.E. Shuja Alam, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and H.E. Sandeep Kumar, Ambassador of India

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Dr Suzanne O'Reilly speaking at the Translational medicine Symposium at St Vincent's Hospital in June 2018

UCD-St Vincent’s Healthcare Group Translational Medicine Symposium

The UCD St Vincent’s Healthcare Group Translational Medicine Symposium took place on the 8th June 2018. The symposium
provided an opportunity for established and emerging investigators to present their work to colleagues from
across the hospital community and celebrate their research success. Several Newman Fellows were selected
to present at this event which was attended by over 100 staff from St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and the
UCD School of Medicine.

Dr Susanne O’Reilly, Boston Scientific Newman Fellow in Colorectal Disease, gave a presentation on MLH1
preservation in a cohort of Dysplastic Sessile Serrated Polyps. Dr Jana Musilova, AbbVie Newman Fellow
in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, gave a presentation on how patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa have
altered populations of circulating B Cells.

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Dr Candice Low, CARD Newman Fellow in Rheumatoid Arthritis, presents at EULAR

Dr Candice Low presented her work on the influence of biometrics in Inflammatory Arthritis at the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) in Amsterdam earlier this month. Dr Low has also submitted 3 abstracts from her Newman Fellowship research to the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting which will be taking place in Chicago in October 2018.

Shingo Prize for AbbVie and Abbott

Congratulations to two of our programme supporters, AbbVie and Abbott who have been awarded the 2018 Shingo Prize, the world’s highest standard for operational excellence. Abbott’s Nutrition Supply Chain Facility and AbbVie’s Ballytivnan manufacturing facility in Sligo were awarded the prestigious prize which assesses an organisation’s culture and how it drives world-class results.

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Dr Colm Ryan wins an Irish Research Council Frontier Grant

Dr Colm Ryan former ICON Newman Fellow in Genomics, was one of 36 researchers in Ireland to be awarded a Starting Laureate award for his research into the contribution of paralog buffering to tumour robustness. This grant, which aims to support “daring” research that pushes boundaries is worth €400,000.

Dr Colm Ryan, who was awarded his Newman Fellowship in 2012, focused his research on combining computational and experimental approaches to discover gene variants with known mechanism of action in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. In 2017, he initiated a collaboration between Systems Biology Ireland in UCD and the Institute of Cancer Research, London which saw the development of a tool (CancerGD) that, for the first time, gives cancer researchers easy access to data from previous genetic screening studies.

Following the completion of his Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship, Dr Ryan was appointed Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Computer Science.

Professor Nick Holden appointed Deputy Director of BEACON

professor nick holden professor mark ferguson An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Professor Divya SrinivasamProfessor Nick Holden, former Bord na Móna Newman Fellow in Agricultural & Food Engineering is Deputy Director of BEACON, the Science Foundation Ireland Bioeconomy Research Centre at UCD. An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, recently announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between BEACON and HARVEST (Helping Agriculture Remain Vital through Engineering, Science and Technology), a National Science Foundation funded Research Coordination Network based out of Virginia Tech, which will support strategic collaborations and create a network to support the development of vibrant sustainable communities, including small and mid-level farms.

The MoU will see both BEACON and HARVEST sharing knowledge and expertise with the objective of developing vibrant sustainable communities that benefit from using both disruptive and established technologies.

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Dr Mark Miodownik, former Materials Ireland Newman Fellow in Mechanical Engineering

Dr Mark Miodownik was awarded his Fellowship in 1999 and mentored by Prof Brian McKenna, Professor of Food Science, UCD.  Since completing his Fellowship, Mark has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. His work led to the establishment of University College London’s Institute of Making where he is Director.  In addition, he has written for The Observer, The Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian and is a regular presenter of science and engineering on the BBC. He has also written the New York Times best selling book Stuff Matters.

Mark has won many coveted honours and awards over the course of his career, but most notably, he was ‘extremely honoured, and flabbergasted’, to have been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours List for his services to Science, Engineering and Broadcasting.

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Dr Jana Musilová, AbbVie Newman Fellow in Dermatology

Dr Jana Musilová has had an abstract entitled “Patients with hidradenitis suppurativa have abnormalities in circulating B cell subsets” selected for oral presentation at the 7th Conference of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation (EHSF) which was held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on the 7th – 9th February 2018. Jana is mentored by Prof Brian Kirby, Consultant Dermatologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

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Dr Lydia Lynch, former Sanofi-Aventis Newman Fellow in Obesity and Inflammation

Dr Lydia Lynch was awarded her Fellowship in 2006 and was mentored by Prof Donal O’Shea,  Consultant Physician at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.  Lydia’s research focused on novel therapeutics for obesity-related diseases.  Following her Fellowship, Lydia received a UNESCO L’Oreal International Young Woman in Science award and a Marie Curie Fellowship was later recruited as an Assistant Professor in Harvard to start her lab in Imminometabolism. Nine years later, Lydia received an ERC Starting grant and joined Trinity College Dublin as an Associate Professor. She went on to win the Irish Tatler woman of the year award for STEM and was also honoured to have her portrait commissioned in the Royal Irish Academy, along with 7 other female scientists in Ireland, which represents the first time a female portrait hung on the walls of the RIA since its opening 230 years ago.

In February 2018, it was announced that Lydia was one of five researchers to receive the prestigious ‘SFI President of Ireland Future Research Leaders‘ award from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at a special ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin.  Her award, worth €1.52m, will enable Lydia to to set up a state-of-the-art research programme in Ireland and train the next generation of young scientists in the frontier field of Immunometabolism.

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Dr Sinead Noonan, former Merck Serono Newman Fellow in Oncology

Dr Sinead Noonan was awarded her Fellowship in 2010 and mentored by Dr David Fennelly, Consultant Medical Oncologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.  Sinead’s Fellowship examined the importance of blood vessel stability and the vascular environment in governing treatment response to targeted therapies in colorectal cancer patients in order to benefit late stage colorectal cancer patients receiving targeted molecular therapies. In January 2018, Sinead’s research was published in OncoTarget, a peer-reviewed open access bio-medical journal covering research on all aspects of oncology, entitled ‘Tumour vasculature immaturity, oxidative damage and systemic inflammation stratify survival of colorectal cancer patients on bevacizumab treatment’.

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Dr Edward Fox, former Moy Park Newman Fellow in Food Safety

Dr Edward Fox was awarded a Newman Fellowship in 2011.  Under the mentorship of Prof Séamus Fanning, Professor Of Food Safety, UCD, Ed used his Fellowship to evaluate the efficacy of in-house hygiene measures for their ability to reduce numbers of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which is a food-borne pathogen of concern for humans, specifically in relation to meat food production.

After completing his Fellowship, Ed moved to Melbourne to take up a position with the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), where he is currently based as a Senior Research Scientist within CSRIO’s Food Safety and Stability Group. He works with Australian Public Health agencies to study the epidemiology of foodborne bacterial disease, with Government Regulators to provide industry training and fundamental research to inform policy, and with food businesses to improve food safety practice with the adoption of new molecular approaches.

Ed is currently the Chair of The Australian Society for Microbiology’s Food Microbiology Special Interest Group.

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Dr Andrew Hogan, former Sanofi-Aventis Newman Fellow in Obesity and the Immune System

Dr Andrew Hogan was awarded the Sanofi-Aventis Newman Fellowship in Obesity and the Immune System in 2008.  Andrew used his Fellowship to investigate how obesity and cigarette smoke impacts on the function of the cells of the innate immune system. The results and publications that arose from his Fellowship have added to the growing body of literature reporting that obesity has severe negative impact on the cells of the human immune system. Andrew was mentored by Prof Donal O’Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist and Physician based in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.  Today, Andrew is a lecturer and Principal Investigator in Maynooth University and the National Children’s Research Centre, Crumlin.

In December 2017, the Irish Times featured details of a study undertaken by Andrew and his team in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin which concluded that childhood obesity can severely compromise the body’s ability to fight off multiple cancers, type-2 diabetes and other diseases.

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Dr Seamus McGuinness, Craig Dobbin Newman Fellow in Mental Health

‘Lived Lost Lives’ is an immersive exhibition comprising of objects belonging to young people who died by suicide in Ireland. The exhibitions were developed and designed by artist and Newman Fellow, Dr Seamus McGuinness, with the support of Professor Kevin Malone, Consultant Psychiatrist in St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin and Professor of Psychiatry & Mental Health at UCD.

The exhibitions, which challenge the silence of stigma around suicide, include short research films documenting the poignant views of the bereaved families. Exhibitions have taken place at a number of locations throughout Ireland and the US, including the dlr Lexicon Theatre in Dún Laoghaire. Dr McGuinness and Professor Malone have received support from the Wellcome Trust for their collaborations.

Seamus and Kevin have been invited to present at the Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Association in New York on May 5th 2018 in recognition of their work in this area.
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Dr Charlene Foley, former Arthritis Ireland and Down Syndrome Ireland Trust Newman Fellow in Down’s Arthropathy

Dr Charlene Foley was awarded a Newman Fellowship in 2015. Her research focused on highlighting the increased risk of arthritis in children with Down syndrome. Children with Down syndrome are at increased risk of a number of autoimmune diseases. Inflammatory arthritis is also reported and evidence suggests that it occurs more frequently in children with Down syndrome when compared with the general paediatric population. However, a delay in diagnosis is a feature consistently reported in the limited literature available. There is a general lack of awareness about the risk of this condition, reflected in the significant paucity of data available for reference. Delayed diagnosis undoubtedly contributes to unnecessary disability and functional impairment in a group of children who are already at significant clinical risk. Charlene conducted a ground-breaking study on Down’s Arthropathy, the first of its kind worldwide which discovered that one in 50 children with Down Syndrome has arthritis, more than twice that previously estimated. These results have helped to improve the provision of care and quality of life of children with Down’s Arthropathy. So impactful were the results of this study, it was reported in many national newspapers and radio stations across the country.

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Dr Manuel Magalhães Sant’Ana, former Veterinary Council Educational Trust Newman Fellow in Veterinary Science

Dr Manuel Sant’Ana was awarded a Newman Fellowship in 2014 and focused on identifying the ethical issues faced by the veterinary profession in Ireland. This fellowship was made possible through the support of the Veterinary Council of Ireland Educational Trust. Dr Magalhães-Sant’Ana was mentored by Dr Alison Hanlon, Associate Professor, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine.

During the course of his Fellowship, Dr Sant’Ana developed a practical toolbox to support veterinary decision-making, policy and regulation. He has had six peer reviewed publications arising from his research, published in the Irish Veterinary Journal.

Dr Sant’Ana has since been recognized as a European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law by the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine and is now a lecturer at the University of Porto.  Recently, Dr Sant’Ana was awarded funding for five years by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia to support further research in the area of Veterinary Ethics in Portugal.

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Dr Colm Ryan, former ICON Newman Fellow in Genomics

Dr Colm Ryan was awarded his Fellowship in 2012, the first ICON Newman Fellowship to be dedicated to combining computational and experimental approaches to discover gene variants with known mechanism of action in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.  Dr Ryan recently initiated a collaboration between Systems Biology Ireland (SBI) in UCD and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London which saw the development of a tool (CancerGD) that, for the first time, gives cancer researchers easy access to data from previous genetic screening studies.  You can read more about this here.

Following the completion of his Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship, Dr Ryan was appointed Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Computer Science.

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Professor Brigid Laffan, former Irish Pensions Trust Newman Fellow in Politics

Prof Brigid Laffan was one of the first Newman Fellowship award holders in 1989 and has gone on to enjoy an illustrious career in Ireland and abroad.  Prior to August 2013, Prof Laffan was Professor of European Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD. She was also Vice-President of UCD and Principal of the College of Human Sciences from 2004 to 2011.

Today, Prof Laffan is Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, and Director of the Global Governance Programme, European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.  Prof Laffan featured on RTE Radio’s ‘Morning Ireland’ in September 2017 with Helen McEntee, Minister for European Affairs, to discuss British Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent keynote Brexit speech in Florence. This interview can be accessed here.

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Former Newman Fellow Leads on a €17.6m Programme Supported by Science Foundation Ireland

Prof Nick Holden, a former Bord na Móna Newman Fellow in Agricultural & Food Engineering, is one of the lead Principal Investigators on a major agriculture and crop science research collaboration between UCD and Origin Enterprises plc. This five-year research programme, supported through the Science Foundation Ireland Strategic Partnership Programme, combines the leading expertise of UCD in data science and agricultural science with Origin’s integrated crop management research, systems capabilities and extensive on-farm knowledge exchange networks. Read More >>

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Dr Margaret Walshe, AbbVie Newman Fellow in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr Margaret Walshe won 1st prize for her oral presentation, entitled ‘lterations in Mucosal Associated Invariant T cells and CD5+ B cells are Associated with IBD and Response to Anti-TNF’  at the Irish Society Gastroeneterology Winter Meeting 2017,  held on 23rd and 24th November 2017 at the Killashee Hotel, Naas.  Margaret is mentored by Prof Glen Doherty, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Physician at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

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Dr Cathy Rowan – Presentation at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Centre for Colorectal Disease

Dr Cathy Rowan, Dansac Laker Newman Fellow in Colorectal Disease, was chosen to present her research in the area of hypoxia in Ulcerative Colitis patients at the recent annual meeting which was held in the Education and Research Centre, St Vincent’s University Hospital on the 8th September 2017.  This event was attended by some of the most respected academics and specialists in this area in the world.

Dr Rowan’s research is investigating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which affects over 18,000 people in Ireland.  It is exploring factors associated with the quality of life for patients before and after surgical treatment. Dr Rowan is mentored by Dr Glen Doherty and is based in the Education and Research Centre in St Vincent’s University Hospital.

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Dr Trudy McGarry – Best Scientific Presentation

Dr Trudy McGarry, (pictured) the Novartis Newman Fellow in Rheumatology, won joint first prize for Best Scientific Presentation at the Irish Society of Rheumatology meeting in Galway in September 2017 for on her work investigating the effect of metabolic pathways on the regulation of inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Dr Eavan McGovern, former  Merrion Neuroscience Foundation Newman Fellow in Dystonia

Congratulations to Dr Eavan McGovern who was awarded a Dr. Richard Steevens’ Scholarship in July 2017. This is a prestigious award given annually to Specialist or Senior Registrars with strong track records in achievement. The Scholarship supports doctors to train in centers of excellence overseas in novel areas of medicine and patient care which are limited or unavailable in Ireland and to bring the skills gained back to the Irish health service.  The Scholarship was developed and established by the HSE in 2007 with a number of past recipients having since been appointed to consultant posts in Ireland.

Dr McGovern will undertake a one year Clinical Fellowship in Transitional Care Neurology in the Brain and Spine Institute, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France.  The Hospital’s Department of Neurology is an international neurology centre of excellence and was founded by Jean-Martin Charcot, the founder of modern Neurology.

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Dr Anna Malara – Lecture, Immunopathogenesis of HS

Dr Anna Malara, Novartis Newman Fellow in Dermatology, was invited to speak at the EIDON (Expertise in Delivering Optimal Care in HS) meeting which is an educational programme organised by AbbVie where she gave a lecture on the “Immunopathogenesis of HS” (HS is a rare chronic inflammatory skin disease). She also presented her work at the 6th Conference of the European Hidradenitis Suppurative Foundation in Copenhagen in February 2017, at the British Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting in Manchester.  Dr Malara is mentored by Professor Brian Kirby, Consultant Dermatologist in St Vincent’s University Hospital.

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Dr Louise Elliott – Journal Submission

Dr Louise Elliott, Merck Serono Newman Fellow in Medical Oncology, published a review in February 2017 in the journal ‘Frontiers in Immunology‘ about human tumour infiltrating myeloid cells. Dr Elliott’s abstract which she submitted for consideration to the Digestive Disease Week® at McCormick Place in Chicago this month, was rated in the top 10% of all abstracts submitted for consideration.  This provided her with the opportunity to present as this prestigious event.  Dr Elliott is mentored by Dr David Fennelly and based in the Centre for Colorectal Disease in St Vincent’s University Hospital.

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Dr Richard Conway – ‘Best Oral Clinical Presentation’ Award

Dr Richard Conway, Centre for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases  Newman Fellow in Giant Cell Arteritis, won ‘Best Oral Clinical Presentation’ at the Irish Society of Rheumatology AGM.  He also gave an oral presentation at the American Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting in California in April 2016 and took part in the poster presentation section at the American College of Rheumatology Meeting in Washington in November 2016.  Dr Conway was mentored by Professor Eamonn Molloy and was based at the Education and Research Centre in St Vincent’s University Hospital.

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gHealth Research Director Wins Prize for New Heart Disease Drug

Dr Chris Watson, a former A. Menarini Pharmaceuticals Newman Fellow in the Prevention of Heart Failure, is co-founder and Research Director of gHealth Research, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers who are developing new strategies for diagnosis, treatment and management of disease for low and middle income countries, and vulnerable populations in high income countries. Dr Watson is also co-founder of EpiCor Therapeutics, an early-stage biotech start-up that won UCD’s 2016 Start-Up of the Year Award after being declared overall winner of the 2016 Venture Launch Accelerator Programme on 17 November 2016. EpiCor Therapeutics is developing new disease-modifying treatments that target the mechanisms underlying the development of heart failure. The most extreme form of the disease currently affects around 175,000 people, with associated annual healthcare costs of over $1 billion, in the US alone. Read More >>