The Cellular Bioenergetics in Neurodegenerative Diseases consortium (CeBioND) had a very successful annual meeting in the RCSI on May 22nd/23rd.

The CeBioND consortium is performing a cross disease analysis to investigate common and distinct mechanisms of mitochondrial energetic dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Prof. Jochen Prehn, Dr. Niamh Connolly and Dr. Orla Watters from the Department of Physiology are the RCSI members of the international consortium, which also includes Dr. Maria Ankarcrona and Dr. Catarina Pinho from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Dr. Paola Pizzo and Dr. Pierre Theurey from the University of Padova in Italy, Dr. David Park and Dr. Alvin Joselin from the University of Ottawa in Canada, and Dr. Daniele Bano and Dr. Anna Gioran from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Germany.CeBionD 1CEBIOND 2More information on the CeBioND consortium can be found at


Prof. Jochen Prehn and Brain Tumor Ireland are featured in RTE news on May 25th 2017

Prof. Jochen Prehn talking about the importance of having the brain tumour biobank resource as a means to further understand the disease: see link below for more information

and news article

prehn BTI

More information can also be found

CSM was well represented at Irish Association for Cancer Research (IACR) Annual Meeting 2017 Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny

Among the speakers were:

Oral presentations:

Cíara Dunphy (Oral Poster Presentation)

Dr Catríona Dowling (Proffered Paper)

Dr Ian Miller (Irish Cancer Society Fellow Presentation)

Louise Walsh (Irish Cancer Society Scholar Presentation)


Poster Presentations:

Dr Steven Carberry

Dr Manuela Salvucci

Alessandra Di Grande

Adam Lafferty

Mariangela Meyer


Here are some pics


Mariangela Meyer PhD student presenting a poster


Alessandra Di Grande, PhD student


Dr Ian Miller (Irish Cancer Society Fellow Presentation)


Prof. Annette Byrne presents findings on the PDX model (Breast_Predict Investigator)

Prof Prehn in Sunday Times: Molecular test boost for bowel cancer treatment


Professor Jochen Prehn’s research was a focus on the Sunday Times issue 19-2-17 where he talks about how a molecular test developed at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) can predict how bowel cancer will respond to chemotherapy, ensuring that patients for whom the procedure is potentially counterproductive do not need to get the treatment.

BowelScreen, a public screening programme, can help to diagnose bowel cancers earlier than before, according to Jochen Prehn, professor of physiology and medical physics at the RCSI, who led the research team.

The test was developed when RCSI gained access to cancer tissue from 400 patients who were part of two large studies in Ireland, Europe and America of people with bowel cancer.


Jochen sunday times

Mini-Science TY programme 2017

Tuesday 7th February 2017: 17 transition year students from schools across Dublin are taking part in a three day interactive RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) Mini-Science programme, which is running from 6th – 8th February. As part of the course, students will experience life as a scientific researcher. This programme is being co-ordinated by Dr Helena Bonner in the Department of Physiology and Medical Physics at RCSI, in conjunction with the Centre for Systems Medicine, based at RCSI.

Our miRNAmeConverter software is now online @omictools

An R package developed for handling naming challenges of mature miRNAs. miRNAmeConverter delivers results in a fast and transparent way. Its main functions are to check for validity of mature miRNA names, to determine the most likely miRBase version of a given set of miRNAs and to translate mature miRNA names to different versions (including sequences). A web interface enables users less familiar with R to translate miRNA names given in form of a list or embedded in text and download of the results.


…an easy way to translate mature miRNA names to different versions.If you make use of the miRNAmeConverter please cite:
Haunsberger SJ, Connolly NMC and Prehn JHM* (2016). “miRNAmeConverter: an R/Bioconductor package for translating mature miRNA names to different miRBase versions.” Bioinformatics. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btw660