Tallaght Vasculitis & Allergy Group

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NameTallaght Vasculitis & Allergy Group (TVAG)
ContactCaroline O’Halloran Email: Caroline.OHalloran@amnch.ie Tel: 353 1 414 4031

Background to the TVAG

The TVA Group aims to provide joined up, efficient and excellent care to patients with systemic vasculitic and allergic conditions by developing a strong multi-disciplinary alliance within Tallaght Hospital. 

By combining the academic strength of the members, the group also aims to maximise research funding credibility and to provide a mechanism for national and international research network engagement. The RKD biobank and registry (http://www.medicine.tcd.ie/thkc/research/RKD-Registry-Biobank.php) is an established infrastructure which feeds into the academic arm of the TVA Group. It is co-chaired by Professor Mark Little and Dr Peter Lavin on behalf of the group.

The goal of the group is to capture long-term longitudinal clinical data and high quality biological samples from patients with systemic vasculitic and allergic disorders, disease controls and healthy controls. Coordinated from Tallaght Hospital, it currently receives data and samples from ten centres across Ireland and has been actively recruiting since September 2012. In this relatively short period of time it has become one of the most important bio-resources in this field globally

Academic Goals & Rationale

  • Academic forum for discussion of potential research projects, with opportunities to develop and extend inter-disciplinary research ideas
  • Enhanced leverage when applying for more substantial European level grant funding
  • Improved networking capability both nationally and internationally

Members of the TVAG

Dr. Michael Alexander: Neurophysiology
Dr. Maureen Connolly: Dermatology
Dr. Anne-Marie Tobin: Dermatology
Dr. Peter Lavin: Nephrology
Dr. Catherine Wall: Nephrology
Professor Mark Little: Nephrology
Dr. Holly Delaney: Radiology
Professor Stephen Lane: Respiratory
Dr. Eddie Moloney: Respiratory
Dr. Sinead Murphy: Neurology
Professor David Kane: Rheumatology
Dr. Ronan Mullan: Rheumatology
Mr. John Kinsella: ENT
Dr John Cullen, Acute Medicine
Caroline O'Halloran: Admin support