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- ONLINE 2021


The Student Medical Summit, is a student-run medical conference that gives a platform for students to present and engage with research. 



The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the summit move online for the first time this year, but we're still determined to bring you a great conference this year with the very best of student research, guest speakers and an interactive workshop.

Research Competition

Posters detailing the research completed by students from across the island of Ireland will be on display in our poster gallery.

Our Judges will hear a five-minute presentation from students in live online meeting rooms. 

There will be various awards on the day, with the overall winner taking home the title of 'Irish Undergraduate Medical Researcher of the Year'

Panel Discussion

This year we will be discussing 'Vaccines past and present' with our esteemed panel.


Medical education has changed dramatically in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This year we want to give students a voice and a chance for our concerns to be heard.

The Summit provides a forum from students from every medical school on the island of Ireland to meet. We will be surveying conference attendees ahead of the event and then inviting attendees to discuss their concerns.

Issues raised at the Summit will be presented to our educators at the INHED conference 2021.



The Summit is a showcase of excellence in student research in the fields of health and life sciences.

The Summit serves to:


  • Act as an opportunity for students to demonstrate and share the results of original research.​

  • Promote interest in research among students with opportunities to hear from scientific leaders, to see the impact that research has on the world first-hand, to meet and share ideas with other students and more.

When and where?

The summit is a day-long event that will be held on Saturday, February 6th 2021, online.

Prof Luke O'Neill
Prof Luke O'Neill
Mr Edward Kiely
Mr Edward Kiely
Stephen O'Rahilly
Stephen O'Rahilly

A University College Dublin alumnus, Professor O'Rahilly is unquestionably one of the most eminent Irish figures in modern research. Professor O'Rahilly has had a litany of honours bestowed on him throughout his extremely distinguished career. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. In 2013, he was knighted for his contribution to medical research.

Orla Hardiman
Orla Hardiman

Professor Orla Hardiman has a longstanding record of research excellence which has seen her receive widespread acclaim domestically and abroad. Her major research focus is motor neuron disease and related motor neuron degenerations, in addition to interests in genetics and clinical epidemiology. Hardiman is the only Irish-based fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and is recognized as a leader in patient advocacy.

Kay Curtin
Kay Curtin