The UCD History and Health Competition


The Making of Modern Medicine, 1913-23: A Schools Competition

DATE: Closing date for entries: 9th February 2018 / Launch day: 19th October 2017


While the geographic and political ramifications of the events of 1913-23 are well known, these events also had far-reaching effects on medicine, healthcare and public health which affected the lives of thousands, and continue to impact us today.

The UCD History and Health Competition is a new team competition encouraging Transition Year students to commemorate the events of 1913-23 from a new perspective. Student teams will compile videos showing how any historical person or event of 1913-23 influenced health into the future (locally, nationally or internationally).  The competition will formally launch with a free event featuring talks, campus tours etc.

The competition will in the 2017-18 school year, with the Launch Day taking place in UCD on Thursday 19th October 2017.  Closing date for entries is 9th February 2018.

Dr Rachel Toomey

Lecturer at UCD School of Medicine


Rachel holds a BSc (Hons.) Radiography and completed her PhD on the topic of medical image perception and display). Following a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Medical Science and Technology in the University of Dundee, Rachel took up a lecturing position at UCD in 2011. She continues to publish in her field and coordinates Stage 3 of the BSc (Hons.) Radiography.

Rachel’s interests are diverse. She particularly enjoys the interdisciplinary nature of her research and teaching, which include physics/psychophysics, psychology and patient care.

Rachel is passionate about communication and education at all ages, and she completed a Professional Diploma in University Teaching & Learning in 2016. She is an active member of the UCD SSRA committee and looks forward to engaging with school students through the competition.

Assoc Prof Amanda McCann

Associate Professor at UCD School of Medicine


Amanda McCann is a PI and UCD Conway Fellow in the Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. She is also Associate Professor and Head of Pathology in the UCD School of Medicine. Her group’s specific interest is understanding the mechanisms underlying chemoresistance for women presenting with breast and ovarian cancer. She is also a research advisor to Debra Ireland, and Director of the UCD Academic Centre in Translational Oncology.

Amanda chaired the Summer Student Research Award (SSRA) programme from 2007-2017. The initiative enables all students within the School of Medicine to undertake structured, voluntary research during the summer months, supervised by academics, clinicians, health care professionals and patient advocate organisations both in Ireland and internationally.  Since 2015, the programme has welcomed undergraduate students from the College of Engineering and Architecture to participate and pilot interdisciplinary projects in biomedical engineering and is now forming an exciting collaboration with veterinary medicine.