Keynote Speaker 1: Professor William Gallagher

Precision Cancer Medicine: Are We There Yet?

Professor William Gallagher is Director of the UCD Conway Institute, Professor of Cancer Biology in the UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science and Director of the Irish Cancer Society Collaborative Cancer Research Centre BREAST-PREDICT. His research is mainly focused on the identification of ‘biomarkers’ in breast cancer and melanoma, markers on tumour cells which can indicate tumour aggressiveness or the likelihood of good response to treatment. Prof. Gallagher has worked in both academia and industry throughout his career, and is also co-founder (and Chief Scientific Officer) of OncoMark Ltd, a spin-out company which was recently awarded funding from the EU and investors to develop a novel breast cancer diagnostic assay, called OncoMasTR.

Prof. Gallagher has an international track record in oncology research, with 181 publications in cancer research, and 9 patents. He has co-ordinated numerous large research programmes, and leveraged funding totaling >€69 million over the course of his career to date. Prof. Gallagher has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the St. Luke’s Silver Medal and the NovaUCD Innovation Award. He was recently awarded the inaugural Irish Association of Cancer Research Medal in recognition of his contribution to cancer research in Ireland.


Keynote Speaker 2: Professor Laura Viani

Journey out of Silence

Professor Laura Viani is presently the Director of The National Cochlear Implant Programme and Hearing Research Centre Ireland. She founded the National Cochlear Implant Programme in 1995 which has since grown to include a team of 30 Professionals. She has also played a key role in the establishment of many research opportunities. Here in Ireland, she established a multi institute Hearing research centre that includes Beaumont hospital, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Trinity College. She also established a research collaboration with Vanderbilt University. She has been a trainer and educator of both students and doctors for over 20 years and has been invited to guest lecturer at a number of international institutions. Professor Viani held the title of President of the Royal Academy of Medicine otolaryngology section from 2012-2014 and has been a council member here at RCSI for 16 years.

She is a graduate of Trinity college Dublin and pursued Otolaryngology training in Dublin, Manchester, and Liverpool as well as higher surgical training in Dublin.  She also completed fellowships in Neurotology and Skull Base in Zurich and Cambridge, respectively.

She has received numerous awards over the years including the RAMI registrar prize (1986), the Research fellowship RCSI (1986), the Augustine Mehigan Scholarship (1992), the TWJ Scholarship (1993), the Angel James first Prize London (2000), and the Graves Lecture Prize (2012).


Keynote Speaker 3: Dr Paddy Barrett

Technology, Medicine & Running Away With The Circus

Dr Paddy Barrett is a Consultant Cardiologist at The Blackrock Clinic,Dublin with a special interest in how novel technologies will shape the future of medicine. Having trained in San Diego, California at the Scripps Translational Science Institute his research has focused on digital medicine technologies in healthcare, the physiology of microgravity during NASA parabolic flight campaigns and the biometric signatures of emotional states. In addition to hosting the internationally acclaimed podcast series ‘The Doctor Paradox’, his work has featured in Time Health, The New York Academy of Sciences, TheNew England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.


Keynote Speaker 4: Dr Mark Rowe

Burnout - a health hazard in healthcare and how to safeguard your wellbeing

For more than 20 years, Dr. Mark Rowe has been a family physician and is a thought leader in the emergent area of Health, Inner Happiness and Wellbeing Wisdom. He is a member of ‘Leading by Design’, an invitation only international collaboration of leaders committed to improvements in health through a more effective design of the environment.

He founded the Waterford Health Park as a new paradigm for sustainable improvements in community health. The building was a short-listed finalist for World Building of the year at the World Architecture festival awards in 2010. In 2013, the Waterford Health Park received the Global Health Improvement Award, ‘A Place to Flourish.’

He is author of ‘A Prescription for Happiness’ & ‘The Men’s Health Book’ with all royalties going to a Cancer Charity. Dr. Rowe is a member of the Healthy Ireland Council which is a national forum providing the platform to connect and mobilise communities, families and individuals into a national movement with one aim: supporting everyone to enjoy the best possible health and wellbeing.

He has worked with the media consistently over the years as an advocate for health. He delivers seminars on ‘Health Leadership’ and is an international keynote speaker on the topics of ‘New Philosophy of Wellbeing’, ‘Health Leadership’, ‘Generative Space’ and ‘A Prescription for Happiness.’ His current voluntary roles are Chair of Garter Lane Arts Centre, and Volunteer with the Order of Malta.