Donald Weir, b. 1934
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Donald Weir, b. 1934


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Track 1: Early education in Belfast and ArmaghTrack 2: Entered Trinity Medical School in 1952, graduating in 1958, followed by internship in the Adelaide Hospital in 1959; memories of the life of a junior doctor at this time. Track 3: Recollections of the Trinity Ball; reflections on the efforts made by Dr Noel Browne, then Minister for Health, to eradicate tuberculosis in Ireland. Track 4: In the UK for three years, firstly at Hammersmith Hospital, and subsequently as a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Edinburgh. Returned as a Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Medicine with Peter Gatenby in the Meath Hospital. Developed the practice of intestinal endoscopy in Ireland, which was further developed as Consultant in Gastroenterology in Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital. This hospital was further developed as a teaching unit for TCD. Track 5: The building of the Sir Patrick Dun Research Laboratories, and later the construction of the Medical School Buildings, which opened in 1982 and 1993 respectively. His membership of the Sir Patrick Dun’s Board, which served to ensure that funds accrued from its sale, would be employed for the construction of these buildings. As Regius professor was closely involved with the planning of the Sir Patrick Dun Research laboratories and the Trinity Medical School Buildings with John Scott, and with the Post Graduate Centre with Con Feighery. Responsible for the inclusion of a Bucket Lecture Theatre. Member of the Board of SJH 1982-1999 during a critical period of evolution for this hospital. Track 6: The transfer of the Department of Clinical Medicine to St James’ Hospital Campus and the advantages of amalgamating all major disciplines in one location. Regius Professor of Physic at St. James’s Hospital (1982-1999); paid tribute to his successor, Dermot Kelleher. The development of academic research on a hospital campus throughout the 1980s and 1990s – a time of severe financial restriction for this aspect of Clinical Medicine. His efforts in this regard were of fundamental importance to the subsequent developments on the St James’s Hospital Campus. Track 7: Undertaking further research with John Scott, in particular demonstrating the importance of folate metabolism in the pathogenesis of spina bifida birth defects and, consequently, the knowledge that the prevention of such defects relied on the necessity of folic acid for women about to become pregnant. Research into coeliac disease with Con Feighery, Alex Whelan and Clíodhna O’Farrelly. Track 8: Overview of his career, with its achievements and challenges.

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Trinity College, Dublin, Collection



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Fellow Emeritus, Regius Professor of Physic

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore