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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Wednesday, September 13 • 12:15pm - 1:00pm
[VIRTUAL] IRELAND DAY. Health Collaboration in a Post Conflict Era – the Island of Ireland Story (131201)

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Ireland Day led by University College Dublin as part of the Science Summit at UNGA78 78th brings international experts together at the Irish Permanent Mission to the United Nations to discuss the important role of research and collaboration in attaining the UN SDGs and examine how Ireland is contributing to these global objectives in Achieving Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems, Deliberative Democracies and Health Cooperation Post Conflict.
The Good Friday Agreement, 25 years ago, ended decades of conflict that caused thousands to lose their lives and embedded deep divisions among the people of Northern Ireland. The Agreement was signed by the governments of the UK and the Republic of Ireland and was guaranteed by the US Government. Resulting from the Agreement a partnership was signed between the Departments of Health for Northern Ireland, Ireland and the US National Cancer Institute giving rise to the Ireland-Northern Ireland - National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium with the aim of reducing cancer incidence and mortality on the island of Ireland through cross-border and transatlantic collaborations in cancer research and education.

Since then the consortium has enabled over 30,000 cancer patients to be enrolled in clinical trials, gaining access to the latest cancer treatments and therapies, with thousands of lives saved and over 550 cancer professionals have been trained to diagnose and treat cancer. The panel will discuss how this collaboration has opened up other health partnerships across the island of Ireland demonstrating the constructive dynamic fostering innovation and collaboration arising post conflict and 25 years after the Good Friday Agreement look towards the future to discuss what’s possible next.

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Jim McLaughlin

Professor of Bioengineering at Ulster University, Northern Ireland
Professor Jim McLaughlin, Professor of Bioengineering at Ulster University, Northern IrelandProf McLaughlin, a physicist, and a Fellow of the Inst. of Physics has developed significant initiatives within research, technology transfer, outreach and teaching over these past 30 years... Read More →
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Sir Michael McBride

Former Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland
Prof Sir Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health in Northern IrelandProf Sir Michael McBride was appointed to the post of Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health, in September 2006. Prior to joining the department he had been Medical Director... Read More →
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Triona McCormack

Director of Research, Director of Research at University College Dublin, Ireland and Member of the Taskforce on Rural Africa and the oversight
Triona is a co-Chair of the Science Summit and leads the team at University College Dublin (UCD) responsible for research strategy, management and operations. She also currently co-chairs the UCD strategic theme on Creating a Sustainable Global Society.Prior to joining UCD, Triona... Read More →
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Brian O'Connor

Chair, ECHAlliance
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Brian developed his career as a consultant, manager and investor. He has worked in the UK, the US and Hong Kong and has significant experience as a company director in various industries.He has acted as a Corporate Recovery Advisor to companies with... Read More →
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Mark Lawler

Professor of Digital Health and Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics at Queen’s University Belfast
Prof Mark Lawler is Professor of Digital Health and Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics at Queen’s University Belfast. He is Co-lead of the All-Island Cancer Research Institute (AICRI). He is Scientific Director of DATA-CAN, the UK’s Health Data Research Hub for Cancer. Mark... Read More →


Wednesday September 13, 2023 12:15pm - 1:00pm EDT
  Policy, Healthcare