This Year’s Scientific Meeting of the Irish Thoracic Society (ITS) took place on the 10th and 11th of November in the Limerick Strand Hotel. This meeting brings together healthcare professionals and research scientists, involved in the care of people with chronic or acute respiratory disease in Ireland.
Donnelly group members Mohammad Doroudian, Aoife McElroy, Andrew O’Neill and Lucy Bergin presented their research to the conference delegates at the conference, highlighting the various research focuses within our group:
Mohammad’s presentation, titled “Aerosolized nanodrug delivery system to inhibit Macrophage migration inhibitory factor in order to treat lung cancer” detailed his work into the use of aerosolized nanoparticles as drug-delivery platforms to effectively target the lungs in pulmonary diseases.
Andrew’s presentation, titled “Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor enhances Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms, a potential novel therapeutic for Cystic Fibrosis Patients”, illustrated the emerging importance of MIF in bacterial infection. Some of this work was recently published in The FASEB Journal, which can be found here.
Lucy’s presentation was titled “Characterisation of the effect of interleukin-17A (IL-17A) on Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) function in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): a candidate novel mechanism for disease progression”
Aoife presented a poster, titled “Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) L412F as a candidate biomarker in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and its role in antibacterial and antiviral responses”
Our sincere thanks to the organising committee for the excellent meeting.