Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin host 7th Annual Research & Audit Conference

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Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin host

7th Annual Research & Audit Conference 

A three year retrospective study on ‘Skull fractures and safeguarding in the under 2’s’, and ‘Oral stimulation for promoting oral feeding in preterm infants’ were just some of the research topics presented during the 7th Annual Research & Audit Conference at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC), 19th May, 2017.  

Over 200 medicine, nursing and allied health professionals presented on 11 selected research topics, as well as over 120 posters, which reflect the diverse and important role research and audit have to play in the delivery of care to children here in the hospital.

This year’s keynote speaker was Prof Alan Lucas, Director, MRC, Childhood Nutrition Centre, University College London (UCL) who presented on ‘Feeding for the Future: A 40 Year Adventure’, a body of research on nutrition, which spans the period from fetal life to adolescence.

Speaking about the 7th Annual Research & Audit Conference, Dr Declan Cody, Consultant in Paediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology, and conference organiser said, “Each year the multidisciplinary Research & Audit Conference provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the research activity within the hospital, and we are delighted to see it growing in size year on year. The important research, which takes place within OLCHC would not be possible without our research collaborators in the National Children’s Research Centre, Tallaght, Temple St., Holles St. and the Rotunda Hospitals, as well as Trinity College, RCSI and UCC, 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.”

OLCHC is committed to the delivery of the highest standard of children’s healthcare and its mission is underpinned by the premise that the delivery of quality care is supported by excellence in knowledge, education and research.

7th Annual Research & Audit Conference Organising Committee: Dr Declan Cody, Professor Eleanor Molloy, Carol Hilliard and Sinead Cassidy.