Mr Myles Smith recently presented the inaugural Alfred Myles Smith Research Bursary at the UCD School of Medicine Student Summer Research Awards (SSRAs). Mr Smith’s family have donated money for the bursary for research into cardiovascular disease.
This year 122 undergraduate students undertook an eight-week supervised laboratory, clinical or patient-advocate project in Ireland or at one of UCD’s partner institutions abroad. The students were drawn from the School of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the College of Engineering.
The programme brings to life UCDs commitment to foster in students a passion for enquiry, discovery and investigative research. Participation provides students with invaluable experience in the area of investigative medical science and is consistent with the ambition to produce not just exceptional healthcare practitioners, but also life-long learners and world-class medical researchers. It was an honour for our family to be involved and to support the programme.
Of these 122 students, six with cardiology and vascular medicine projects were invited to compete for the inaugural Alfred Myles Smith Award. The shortlisted students each gave a 7-minute PowerPoint presentation and then had a 3-minute question and answer session with a panel of academics.
Many congratulations to Ms Hanin Al Balushi who was the winner of the inaugural Alfred Myles Award, for the insightful and clinically relevant research project entitled: “COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY FOR ACUTE ABDOMINAL HAEMORRHAGE: IMPACT ON EMERGENCY EMBOLISATION”, which was supervised by Consultant Radiologists Dr Gerard Healy and Dr Colin Cantwell.
Ms Al Balushi’s main finding was that an absence of acute vascular findings on CT angiogram should not exclude consideration for embolisation in hemodynamically unstable patients with abdominal haemorrhage, in a series of 179 cases over a seven-year period at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.