Welcome

We are delighted to welcome you to the 46th ACBI annual conference, taking place this year in the beautiful setting of the Hodson Bay hotel in Athlone, Co Roscommon. The theme of this year’s meeting is older age and the challenges of clinical management and diagnosis. An application has been made to the RCPath for CPD credits.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to share your work through abstract submission from which we will select a number for oral presentation. 

The conference dinner will be held on Friday 8th November in the hotel. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends. Tickets for the dinner are available to purchase separate to the conference ticket.

In line with the ACBI sustainability policy, all delegates are asked to consider the environment when attending the conference.

  • The venue are participants in the greenhospitality.ie programme
  • The conference handbook will be distributed electronically in advance of the event
  • Delegates are encouraged to use public transport
  • Delegates are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, reusable cups for their journey and stay
Abstract Submissions

Poster abstracts will be welcomed on any topic that is deemed, by the Conference Committee, to be relevant to the discipline of Clinical Biochemistry. Abstracts submitted are eligible for consideration as oral abstract presentations during the conference.

The ACBI is offering a 40euro rebate on registration fees to the lead authors of the first 10 abstracts submitted and subsequently accepted for presentation (oral or poster). Abstracts not complying with the submission guidelines (in particular the word count) will not be considered for rebate. Rebates will be issued after the conference.

Abstract Submission Deadline is 1st September

Conference Speakers

Prof Eilís Dowd

Prof Eilís Dowd

Professor Eilís Dowd is originally from Carna in the Connemara Gaeltacht. She spent her childhood alternating between playing outdoors in the gorse, heather & rocks, and being confined to bed with severe asthma, struggling to breathe. Her interest in biology stemmed from a fascination with the profound impact of her anti-asthma medications. As an undergraduate student, Eilís first learned how her inhalers actually produced their biological effects, and this cemented her love of biochemistry and pharmacology which she retains to the present day. Eilís received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, after which she completed post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge, McGill University and Cardiff University. She now holds a Full Professorship in Pharmacology at the University of Galway where one of her primary interests is in the potential of biomaterials to enhance brain repair for Parkinson’s. Over the years, her research has been funded by the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Wellcome Trust, the European Union, Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board and the Irish Research Council. Her research was the subject of the Parkinson’s documentary “Feats of Modest Valour” which won the AAAS “Scientist Award” at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York. Her contributions have been recognised through leadership positions including the Presidencies of both NECTAR (the Network for European CNS Transplantation and Restoration) and Neuroscience Ireland (Ireland’s official neuroscience society). She has also served on the Governing Councils of both the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), and she holds editorial roles with the British Journal of Pharmacology, the European Journal of Neuroscience and Neuronal Signaling.

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Dr Caroline Joyce

Dr Caroline Joyce

Dr Caroline Joyce is a Principal Clinical Biochemist in Cork University Hospital and a member of the Pregnancy Loss Research Group in INFANT at University College Cork. She has over 30 years’ experience in laboratory medicine working in clinical biochemistry and human genetics and maintains a large research portfolio. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University College Cork and a Masters in Science (MSc) from the University of Ulster. Caroline is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath, UK) and is registered as a European Specialist in Laboratory Medicine (EuSpLM). She is also certified by the European Board of Medical Genetics to practice as a European Clinical Laboratory Geneticist (ErCLG).

 

Caroline is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the National Maternity & Gynaecology Clinical Guideline Programme. She is also a member of the National Strategy for Accelerating Genetic and Genomic Medicine in Ireland Testing Guidance Working Group. She is a member of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Gestational Trophoblastic Disease Steering Committee and co-author of the HSE National Clinical Guideline for the Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment of patients with Gestational Trophoblastic Disease.

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Prof Rose Anne Kenny

Prof Rose Anne Kenny

Rose Anne Kenny is Regius Professor of Physic (Medicine) and holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin.  She is the founding Principal Investigator of The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing (TILDA) and Director of the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital, where she is also director of a large national falls and syncope and autonomic function laboratory.

 

TILDA includes extensive research of physiological determinants of the ageing process as a measure of biological ageing.

 

She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, London and Ireland, a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine Ireland, and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  She has received a number of international awards and has published widely, authoring over 600 publications including, her recently published book “Age Proof – The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life” which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2022.   In 2020, she was elected President of the Irish Gerontological Society. In 2022 she was nominated 24th Regius Professor of Physic at TCD (1637), the first female nominee.

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Dr Aoife Leahy

Dr Aoife Leahy

Dr Aoife Leahy obtained her medical degree in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She completed her BST in Beaumont Hospital and Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. She completed her Higher Specialist Training in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine. She is currently a Consultant Geriatrician in Integrated Care for Older Persons in the UL Hospital Group and CHO3.

 

Her research interests include frailty at the front door and interface geriatrics. She is completing her doctorate assessing frailty screening and comprehensive geriatric assessment in the Emergency Department. She has published on the utility of frailty screening tools and comprehensive geriatric assessment in the acute setting.

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Dr Dan McCartney

Dr Dan McCartney

Dr. Dan McCartney BSc/Dip Diet, MSc, PhD, MINDI, SRD is an academic dietitian with postgraduate training in molecular medicine and public health nutrition. He has been Director of Human Nutrition & Dietetics at TU Dublin and Trinity College Dublin since 2015, and is also a former columnist with The Irish Examiner and a former Public Relations Officer with the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, the professional body for dietitians in Ireland. His research on the dietary management of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer has been nationally and internationally recognised, whilst his work in the area of nutrition in pregnancy has also been widely published. Recently, he has played a leading role with his colleagues in the Covit-D Consortium in investigating the role of vitamin D deficiency in the Covid-19 pandemic. He has sat on statutory expert committees for the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and is a longstanding member of the Irish Heart Foundation’s Nutrition Council.

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Prof Emer McGrath

Prof Emer McGrath

Emer McGrath is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at University of Galway and Consultant Neurologist at University Hospital Galway. Professor McGrath currently holds a Health Research Board Clinician Scientist Career Award and is an investigator with the world renowned Framingham Heart Study. Professor McGrath completed neurology training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurovascular cognitive disorders at the Framingham Heart Study, Boston University, funded by an Alzheimer’s Association Clinician Scientist Fellowship. She was previously on faculty at Harvard Medical School before relocating to Ireland in 2020 to take up her current post. Her research focuses on the clinical epidemiology of neurovascular cognitive disorders, blood biomarkers for dementia and clinical trials in neuroscience. She was co-PI for the HRB funded SLEPT trial.

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Prof Liam Plant

Prof Liam Plant

Graduated in Physiology (1982) and Medicine (1985), University College Cork.
General Professional Training in Medicine in Cork.
Higher Specialist Training in Nephrology in Edinburgh.
Consultant Renal Physician at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 1996-2001.
Honorary Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University Medical School 1998-2001.
Consultant Renal Physician at Cork University Hospital 2001-24.
Clinical Professor in Renal Medicine at University College Cork Medical School
2017-24.
National Specialty Director for Nephrology Training in Ireland (2002-05).
Director South Intern Network (2019-23).
Council Member & Censor Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2022-).
Chair of the Irish National Renal Strategy Review (2003-09).
National Clinical Director of the HSE National Renal Office (2009-18).
President of the Irish Nephrology Society (2018-24).
Author of over 75 publications in the medical literature

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Prof Bernard Walsh

Prof Bernard Walsh

Clinical Professor, Dept of Medical Gerontology, Trinity College and St James’s Hospital Dublin

Hon Consultant, Bone Health & Osteoporosis Treatment Unit, Mercer’s Institute, St. James’s Hospital

Clinical Director, Medicine for the Elderly Directorate, St James’s Hospital Dublin,1992 –2001 and 2008 – 2011.

Lead Hospital Clinical Director and Medical Director of St James’s Hospital Dublin 2011 – 2014

Director of The Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing 2002-2018

Graduate of University College Cork

Trained in Cork and Mater Hospital in Dublin

Registrar in King’s College Hospital, London

Senior Registrar in Medicine for the Elderly, Royal Liverpool Hospital

Consultant Physician in Co Durham North East England 1981 -1984

Visiting Professor to the University of California, San Francisco 1982

 

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

Member of the British Geriatrics Society

Past President of the Irish Gerontological Society 2011-2014

Member of the International Osteoporosis Society

Member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Member of the European Calcified Tissue Society

Medical Director of the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2000-2014

Board Member, Royal City of Dublin Hospital Trust, Baggot Street, Dublin

 

Founding member of the National Dementia Information and Development Centre SJH.

Past Treasurer and Chairman of the Consultants Committee Irish Medical Organisation.

Uachtarán ar Acadamh na Lianna (Academy of Irish Speaking Physicians) 2021- Present.

Author/Co-author of over 200 peer reviewed publications in the area of Vitamin D, Bone Health, Memory,Vascular Medicine, Infectious Diseases and General Medical Problems in the elderly.

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Dr Dalius Vitkus

Dr Dalius Vitkus

Dr. Dalius Vitkus, PhD, EuSpLM, is an associate professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University, Head of the Centre of Laboratory Medicine of Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos. He is also Member-at-large of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) and the President of the Lithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine, Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Organization for External Quality Assurance Providers in Laboratory Medicine (EQALM), Chair of the Performance Specification Working Group of the EQALM and a Scheme Expert at Labquality.

Dalius Vitkus scientific interests focus on Quality Management in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, External Quality Assessment (PT/EQA), Enzymes and Protein Biomarkers, Teaching and Postgraduate Training in Laboratory Medicine

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Event Programme

Friday 8th November 2024
  • 09:00am - 09:30am
    Arrival and Registration
  • 09:30am - 09:40am
    Opening RemarksDr Paula O'Shea, ACBI President and Chairperson, Conference Organising Committee
  • SESSION 1Chair: Dr Tomás Griffin
  • 09:40am - 10.20am
    Nutrition and the Older personDr Daniel McCartney, Director of Human Nutrition & Dietetics at TU Dublin and Trinity College Dublin
  • 10:20am - 11:00am
    Low Vitamin D in the Community - We Need a SolutionProf Bernard Walsh, Trinity College Dublin
  • 11:00am - 11:30am
    Tea/Coffee and poster viewing
  • 11:30am - 12:10pm
    Predicting dementia riskProf Emer McGrath, Galway University Hospital.
  • 12:10pm - 13:00pm
    Keynote Lecture: The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier LifeProf Rose Anne Kenny, Regius Professor of Physic, Professor of Medical Gerontology Trinity College Dublin and Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, St James’s Hospital Dublin
  • 13:00pm - 14:10pm
    LUNCH
  • SESSION 2Chair: Dr Caroline Joyce, Principal Clinical Biochemist, Cork University Hospital
  • 14:10pm - 14:50pm
    Atypical presentations & common endocrine disorders in older ageDr Elizabeth Brosnan, Mayo University Hospital
  • 14:50pm - 15:30pm
    Renal disease in older adults: how interpretation of biochemical data will inform Care PathwaysProf Liam Plant, Consultant Nephrologist, Cork University Hospital.
  • 15:30pm - 16:00pm
    Tea/Coffee and poster viewing
  • SESSION 3Chair: Dr Graham Lee, Consultant Clinical Biochemist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.
  • 16:00pm -16:40pm
    ICPOP Improving Outcomes in Falls and Syncope in Older PeopleDr Maria Costello, Galway University Hospital
  • 16:40pm - 17:20pm
    SOLAR: Frailty Screening and CGA in the EDDr Aoife Leahy, University Hospital Limerick
  • 17:20pm - 17:50pm
    Oral presentations from abstracts
  • 17:55 - 18:00pm
    Day 1 CloseDr Paula O'Shea
Saturday 9th Novermber 2024
  • SESSION 4Chair: Dr Séan Costelloe, Consultant Clinical Biochemist, Cork University Hospital.
  • 09:30am - 10.10am
    The loaded matrix: biomaterial-aided cellular brain repair for Parkinson’s diseaseProf Eilís Dowd, University of Galway
  • 10:10am - 10:55am
    Hot Topic - Monitoring hCG in pregnancy and beyondDr Caroline Joyce, Principal Clinical Biochemist, Cork University Hospital.
  • 10:55am - 11:30am
    Tea/Coffee and poster viewing
  • SESSION 5Chair: Dr Jennifer Brady, Consultant Clinical Biochemist, Children's Health Ireland.
  • 11:30am - 12:10pm
    The role of virtual clinics in community healthcareDaniel Barnett
  • 12:10pm - 13:00pm
    EFLM Plenary Lecture: Digital transformation towards the clinical laboratory of the futureProf. Dalius Vitkus, Associate Professor, Vilnius University.
  • 13:00pm - 13:40pm
    Oral presentations from abstracts
  • 13:40pm - 13:50pm
    Awards PresentationDr Paula O'Shea, Conference Chairperson
  • 13:59pm - 14:00pm
    Closing Remarks

Venue

The address for the Hodson Bay hotel is Roscommon Road, Athlone, N37 XR82. 

In the interests of sustainability we encourage delegates to use public transport where possible. Athlone is well served by bus and rail.

See www.irishrail.ie  and www.buseireann.ie for further information.

Accomodation can be booked directly with the hotel. 

Things to do in Athlone

There are so many things to do in the Athlone and surrounding area during your stay. Check out the websites below for some ideas:

https://www.hodsonbayhotel.com/things-to-do/

https://athlone.ie/things-to-do

https://www.discoverireland.ie/athlone/things-to-do

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Abstract Submissions

The ACBI is offering a 40euro rebate on registration fees to the lead authors of the first 10 abstracts submitted and subsequently accepted for presentation (oral or poster). Abstracts not complying with the submission guidelines (in particular the word count) will not be considered for rebate. Rebates will be issued after the conference.

Poster abstracts will be considered on any topic that is deemed, by the Conference Committee, to be relevant to the discipline of Clinical Biochemistry. Abstracts submitted are eligible for consideration as oral abstract presentations during the conference. Selected oral abstract presentations will be in two sessions: one for Clinical Cases; and one for any other abstracts. The abstract title must not exceed 20 words and the text (excluding title, authors, and author affiliations) should be no more than 300 words. Figures and tables should not be included in the abstract. It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that spelling, grammar, and syntax are correct. It is understood that all abstracts submitted have been reviewed and approved for submission by all contributing authors. Abstracts not adhering to the above instructions may be rejected.

Scientific abstracts must be structured, with appropriate headings, and must:

  • Give background/context to the work described
  • State the specific aim of the study
  • Clearly describe the methods used and the study design, as appropriate
  • Give details of compliance with the 2018 Health Research Regulations and ethics approval where appropriate
  • Summarise results obtained
  • State conclusions reached
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Where data or results have been published elsewhere (e.g. peer reviewed journal articles, letters, conference proceedings, posters, oral presentations, guidelines), this should clearly be stated at abstract submission. Where previously presented work has been augmented such that the authors feel it represents new work, this should likewise be stated. Any adjudications on the novelty or otherwise of abstract submission will be made by the Conference Committee. When submitting abstracts, authors should indicate if they wish to be considered for an oral presentation. Submissions of original work will automatically be eligible for consideration for the conference poster prize. Work declared by the authors, or deemed by the Conference Committee, to have been published previously may be submitted but will be ineligible for consideration for the poster prize. The Conference Committee will review all submitted abstracts. Their decision is final.

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