The Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare is located here in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

The Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare officially launched in November 2018 with the opening of a unique, flexible, interdisciplinary educational space within a hospital setting. Ultimately, facilities for clinical research, genomics, bio-banking, inter-disciplinary team training, education and innovation programme facilities will be co-located at the Pillar.

The next phase of development will include state-of-the-art simulation facilities including a ‘wet lab’ and a device development space, which will focus on advanced postgraduate education and surgical skills training. These facilities will enable the development of training courses for healthcare professionals. They will also allow for engagement with industry to progress the development and deployment of new and innovative solutions within healthcare. It is anticipated that this phase of development will be completed by January 2021.


Education & Training courses at The Pillar Centre

POCUS at The Pillar

See our POCUS page here for information on our POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound) course.


The Strategy for the Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare 2020- 2023

The Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare at the Mater Hospital has launched its strategic plan for 2020-2023, and a press release statement can be found here.

The Pillar Centre has five goals as part of its new strategic plan 2020-2023; to enhance education, research and innovation capabilities & profile, emphasise added value in postgraduate education, develop a profile in healthcare innovation, to improve our reputation and capabilities in research and be the number one academic clinical campus in Ireland.


Calling all Innovators

The Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare is supporting the 2020 Innovation Sprint – a free 8 week Medtech development Course for all staff here in the Mater Hospital. For further information click on the following link.

The Pillar Centre in the media

Ultrasound in times of COVID-19
Dr Cian McDermott and colleagues examine the potential clinical utility of ultrasound modalities in the COVID-19 patient, the limitations, evidence base and governance over point of care ultrasound images during a pandemic and discuss whether the hype surrounding Lung Ultrasound (LUS) is justified.

RTE PrimeTime 
Prof Ronan Cahill and his team are conducting research in The Pillar Centre for Transformative Healthcare, investigating the efficacy of face masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Combatting COVID-19: Is Ultrasound an Important Piece in the Diagnostic Puzzle?
A narrative review describes the use of lung ultrasound in the Emergency Department as part of the diagnostic strategy for COVID-19.

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