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CUH team wins 11th Bernard Connor Bursary

03 April 2017

The winning entry presented an effective improvement in clinical practice in Irish rheumatology departments and we were delighted to be able to provide the team in Cork University Hospital with the resources to continue their work. The development of a designated capillaroscopy clinic will bring reassurance and support to patients nationwide, which is what impressed us as judges.”

Dr. Carr, Medical Director of Vhi Healthcare

 

Winner chosen for effectiveness and achievability of the team’s proposed addition to Irish clinical practice

The rheumatology department at Cork University Hospital has won the AbbVie-sponsored 2016 Bernard Connor Bursary.

 

bursary award

Dr Grainne MurphyDr Sinead HarneyDr John Ryan and Dr Roberta Visevic of CUH received the accolade for their project, entitled ‘Implementation of a nailfold capillaroscopy in clinical practice with enhanced patient education’.

The 2016 adjudication panel — comprising Prof James O’Donnell of St James’s Hospital; Dr Bernadette Carr, Medical Director of Vhi Healthcare; and Dara Gantly, Editor of the Irish Medical Times — chose the winner because of the effectiveness and achievability of the team’s proposed addition to Irish clinical practice.

The aim of the project is to introduce nailfold capillaroscopy as a routine clinical practice via a dedicated clinic. Such a development would allow for the diagnosis and definition of primary and secondary Raynaud’s phenomena to determine whether a patient would experience the full spectrum of connective tissue disorders or none at all.

The application included an integrated educational resource to allow for greater understanding among patients.

Patient information collected at the clinic will form a research database, funded by the bursary.

Dr Carr commented: “The winning entry presented an effective improvement in clinical practice in Irish rheumatology departments and we were delighted to be able to provide the team in Cork University Hospital with the resources to continue their work. The development of a designated capillaroscopy clinic will bring reassurance and support to patients nationwide, which is what impressed us as judges.”

Last year marked the 11th year of the Bernard Connor Bursary, backed by biopharmaceutical company AbbVie. The bursary is named after Dr Bernard Connor, originally from Co Kerry, who was a key figure in clinically diagnosing ankylosing spondylitis.