OLCHC Hosts 8th Annual Research & Audit Day

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8th Annual Research & Audit Conference

Highlights Cutting-edge Research at OLCHC


A five year review on Newborn screening for Cystic Fibrosis’, ‘Respiratory health in Irish children with Down Syndrome’, and ‘A virtual clinic for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DHH)’ were just some of the research topics presented duringthe 8th Annual Research & Audit Conference at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) on 25th May, 2018.

Over 200 medicine, nursing and allied health professionals attended this year’s conference. Attendees gave oral presentations on 11 selected research topics, as well as over 100 posters, which reflect the diverse and important role research and audit plays in the delivery of care to children here in the hospital.

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr Elizabeth Nixon,PhD, Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology, Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin who presented on Ireland’s national longitudinal study of children; “Growing up in Ireland” which has been yielding numerous interesting findings about the development of children. Dr Nixon’s talk focused on the findings of this study related to ‘Family Processes and Children’s Health and Well-being’.

Speaking at the 8th Annual Research & Audit Conference, Dr Declan Cody, Consultant in Paediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology, and conference organiser said, “The annual multidisciplinary Research & Audit Conference provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the research activity taking place within the hospital, and we are delighted to see it growing in size year on year. The research undertaken at OLCHC would not be possible without our research collaborators in the National Children’s Research Centre as well as the funding support from Trinity College, RCSI and UCD, amongst many others, to whom we are grateful”

Helen Shortt, CEO, OLCHC, added, “It is great to see such an increase in the number of abstracts being submitted each year. The body of quality research work represented here today very much highlights that OLCHC is both a learning and teaching hospital.

We recognise that research can enhance the outcomes, lives and experiences of children and their families by identifying the causes of illness, developing treatments and cures and also improving the ways in which the service is delivered and experienced by children. The hospital supports research in all areas of children’s healthcare, and promotes and fosters partnerships among clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals, scientists and support staff to maximise the impact of research on the health and wellbeing of children.” 

Jacinta Kelly, CEO of the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC), gave an overview of the resources, supports and funding opportunities which the NCRC can offer staff in OLCHC who are interested in undertaking research. Further information on these supports can be found on

Click here to download the ‘2018 OLCHC Research & Audit Day Book of Abstracts’

The 8th Annual Research & Audit Conference was kindly sponsored by; the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD)

Conference Organising Committee: Dr Declan Cody, Professor Eleanor Molloy and Carol Hilliard


Congratulations to the prize winners on the day:

Professor Edward Tempany Junior Doctor Research Award:
Gerard A Sheridan & colleagues: ‘A virtual clinic for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

Best Oral Presentation:
Ciara Lang & colleagues:Audit and review of Infliximab therapeutic drug monitoring and prescribing practices in paediatric IBD patients

Best Poster Presentation:
Paudie Delaney & colleagues: ‘Blood product transfusion requirement in spinal surgery – a 2 year review

Runner-Up Poster Presentation:
Aine Lynch & colleagues: ‘Prenatal detection and modes of presentation of neonatal Congenital Heart Disease in Ireland: a 5-year progress review

Prizes presented to students from OLCHC’s affiliated universities in recognition of their achievements:

UCD Colman Saunders Medal:                  
Laura Mannion

RCSI Paediatric Medal:                                
Fiona Rawat

TCD O’Donohue Medal:                              
Gillian Crowe (2015 winner)
Eimear Duff (2016 winner)           

UCD Medal BSc (Nursing) Children's and General:            
Yewande Ogunnaike
Anna Rose McKeever
Alanah Galvin