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University Department of Anaesthesia (UCD)

The University Department of Anaesthesia is closely linked with the Department of Clinical Anaesthesia.  All Consultants and trainees take part in an active undergraduate and postgraduate education programme. The department provides teaching in Clinical Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine.

The Active research programme involves both laboratory and clinical activity. Laboratory/experimental research is done in collaboration with pharmacology, pathology and molecular biology scientists in The Conway Institute for Biomedical Science in UCD.

Fields of Interest

Fields of interest include, but are not limited to evaluation of the role of

  • Calcium channels in the anti-oxidant role of propofol
  • The influence of volatile anaesthetics on structural development of the developing and the ageing brain
  • Role of anaesthetics and 5-HT3 antagonists on learning and memory
  • Systemic and myocardial markers of the heart shock protein response in sepsis and inflammation.

Clinical Research

Clinical research activity includes collaboration with the Outcomes Research Group, an internationally renowned research institute lead by Prof. Daniel Sessler in Louisville, Kentucky. The Mater is a member of this institute, and is currently enrolling patients for an international trial on the influence of hypercapnia on surgical wound infection.

Other ongoing clinical interests include

  • Paravertebral anaesthesia and analgesia in acute postoperative pain; the influence of regional anaesthesia on angiogentic factors in breast cancer;
  • Adjunctive analgesia in acute postoperative pain management;
  • Thermoregulation during anaesthesia and perioperative echocardiography.

There is a busy teaching programme spanning early clinical year medical students, final year medical students and postgraduates in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain management. A number of candidates for the postgraduate, post-Fellowship MSc in anaesthesia are also assisted in their studies per annum.

Service developments over the next 3 years include the development of a close association with the Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre (Clinical Investigator), a Newman Clinical Research Professorship and development of simulator training.

Contact Details

Director:                                             Professor Donal Buggy

Clinical Anaesthesia Tutor:                Dr Ismat El Saigh

Administration Staff:                         Sinead McCormack

Phone:                                                01 803 2281 / 01 8032286

Fax:                                                    01 830 9563

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