American College of Rheumatology Convergence 5th-9th November 2020 

This year’s ACR meeting was held virtually and the Molecular Rheumatology research group were well represented. Well done to Dr. Mary Canavan, Dr. Viviana Marzaioli and Dr. Clare Cunningham who held abstract and poster sessions at the conference and were given the opportunity to field questions regarding their laboratory and patient- focused research.

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Irish Society for Rheumatology Autumn Meeting 24th-25th September 2020 

Congratulations to the members of the Molecular Rheumatology research group who gave brilliant presentations at the ISR virtual conference. Dr. Clare Cunningham, Dr. Achilleas Floudas and PhD candidate Serena Foo gave an insight into the role fibroblasts and T cells play in mediating arthritis.

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New Horizons in Rheumatology

This years virtual meeting hosted oral presentations from our very own Dr Viviana Marzaioli, Dr Mary Canavan and Dr Megan Hanlon.

Congratulations to Dr. Viviana Marzaioli for winning a silver medal in best scientific oral presentation!!


Unravelling Science Podcast

Dr Megan Hanlon recently started a weekly science communication podcast series called “Unravelling Science” in which she interviews Irish researchers about their research and their life experiences. Catch up on all the latest episodes here: https://unravellingscience.podbean.com

Tune in to episode 10 to hear from head of the Molecular Rheumatology group – Professor Ursula Fearon!

I chat to my supervisor Prof Ursula Fearon about her career in Rheumatology and the extremely translational research her lab conducts, constantly feeding back to the clinicians and patients. We chat about the benefits of studying interactions between cells in the joint and recent work on arthritis in children with Down Syndrome. Ursula also chats about the ups and downs of academia and how being a PI can often be similar to being a therapist.

Massive Congratulations to the new Dr Megan Hanlon!

The Fearon group are insanely proud!

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Covid 19 – How you can help!

COVID-19 or coronavirus is here and every one of us is taking action to reduce the impact it has on our families and communities. We’re washing our hands, we’re staying at home, we’re thinking of those who are most vulnerable. But many of us may have additional roles to play.

While institutes of education are winding down activities, the HSE is ramping up its efforts in contact tracing and SARS-CoV-2 testing. Those with expertise in research administration and laboratory techniques may be needed.

Though we are not directly affiliated with the HSE or any HE institution in Ireland, we would ask that scientists in Ireland consider offering their help to the following initiatives. Please follow the links below to contact them directly.

To inform us of any new initiatives for laboratory scientists and researchers, please contact scientistsoncall@gmail.com

EWRR 2020

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