2017 IrSPEN Conference & Policy Seminar

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IrSPEN 2017 one day policy seminar and conference event was highly relevant for doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, nurses and policy makers interested in the role of nutrition and metabolism in disease and aging.  Combining under-nutrition and obesity under our malnutrition umbrella resulted in record numbers of attendance.  We had senior level representation from Dept of Health, HSE, HIQA, FSAI and professional organisations and NGO involved – INDI, RCPI, Safefood, Irish Cancer Society and other patient organisations.

Presentations, debates, and our expert panel focused on latest research around obesity treatments versus prevention, Bariatric surgery in severe obesity, how best to treat intestinal failure, manage patients on HEN support, to name just a few. 

We had 53 poster entries accepted and published, final year student prize, poster prizes – IrSPEN and ISG, and outstanding oral presentations

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Speakers profile, abstract, and presentation below (where available)


Conference Chairs

2017 IrSPEN Conference

Prof John V Reynolds
Professor of Surgery,
St James Hospital, Dublin.
Chair of IrSPEN
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Declan Byrne

Dr Declan Byrne
Consultant in Geriatric Medicine,
St. James’s Hospital,
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Helen Heneghan

Ms Helen Heneghan
Bariatric Surgery Fellow,
Liverpool & Chester
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Dr Eoin Slattery
Consultant gastroenterologist
University Hospital

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Dr Claire Corish
Associate Professor Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics,
University College Dublin
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Dr. Robert O’Connor
Head of Research,
Irish Cancer Society,
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Conference Speakers

Patricia Kearney

Prof Patricia Kearney 
Professor of Epidemiology, UCC, Cork
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Professor Rose Anne Kenny
Founder and Principal Investigator, TILDA
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Professor Carel le Roux
Co-Director of the Metabolic Medicine Group, UCD, Dublin
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Francis Finucane

Dr Francis Finucane
Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospitals and the Galway Clinic
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Dr Alessandro Laviano
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
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Carmel O’Hanlon
Clinical Specialist Dietitian, Beaumont Hospital
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David Kevans

Dr David Kevans
Consultant Gastroenterologist,
St James’s Hospital, Dublin

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Prof Fergus Shanahan
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork (UCC)
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Prof Barbara Livingstone
Professor of Human Nutrition within the School of Biomedical Sciences, Ulster University
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Professor Francesco Rubino
Chair of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at King’s College London
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Dr Graham Turner
Consultant Gastroenterologist for the Belfast Heath and Social Care Trust, Royal Victoria and Belfast City Hospitals
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Niamh Maher
Senior Dietitian, Home Enteral Feeding, Dublin
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Ms Therese Coleman
Clinical Dietitian at the National Rehabilitation Hospital
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