ICHAMS fourth Annual International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students

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Mary Aiken, Director, RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre

Building on the outstanding success of the 2013 conference which was Winner of the Student Project of the Year category in last year’s Irish Healthcare Awards, this year the conference is expanding to integrate the RCSI Schools of Pharmacy and Physiotherapy to deliver a wider multidisciplinary conference.  The theme of this year’s event was ‘Advancing Biomedical Research: Passion for Progress’.

The keynote speakers at the event were Professor Kieran Murphy (Class of 1986), Director, University of Toronto Medical Imaging Research and Mary Aiken, Director, RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre.

The meeting gives students the opportunity to present their research findings in an international setting and have their abstracts published, while educating them on the importance of research in the broader medical fields and provides career information on specific research topics they might want to pursue, both at home and abroad. With more than 100 students attending the conference, ICHAMS is attracting international students to strengthen Ireland’s reputation as a centre of excellence in research.

Dr Sarah O’Neill, Chair of the Scientific Committee said: ‘I am proud that the ICHAMS Conference is entering its fourth year which is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our student organising committee.   By providing healthcare students with the opportunity to develop their research skills and interests at an early stage in their career, it gives students an insight into the world of scientific research and a better understanding of how research can be translated from the bench to the patients’ bedside.’