Dr Pat Henn ASSERT, participated as a Guest Speaker and judge in the MedTech Challenge in the Creative Zone of the Boole Library Hosted by UCC Medical Research and Technology Society In association with Blackstone Launchpad and other participating UCC societies WiSTEM (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), E&S (Entrepreneurial and Social Society) and EngSoc (Engineering […]

The International Vascular Course was held in The ASSERT Centre, College of Medicine & Health, UCC, Cork on the 1st & 2nd November 2018. This course was geared towards vascular surgical trainees and practising vascular surgeons who wished to develop their skills in open dissection as well as endovascular procedures. Participants gained hands-on experience with […]

ASSERT and An Garda Síochána recently joined forces to collaborate on a Serious Incident Escalation Simulation Project. The simulation exercise took place here in ASSERT with the setting of a busy simulated Emergency Department, where members of An Garda Síochána had to maintain order and safety of patients and staff in a rapidly escalating situation.  […]

Cork University Maternity Hospital in conjunction with the ASSERT Centre, UCC, will be facilitating neonatal resuscitation training using a High Fidelity “Smart” mannequin and various simulated scenarios. Participants will be asked to take part in a simulated resuscitation using a “smart” mannequin which will be able to provide real time feedback of vital signs, responses […]

L to R: Dr Colm O’Tuathaigh – Acting Head of Medical Education, Mr Simon Smith – Director of Communication Skills, Belinda Gascoigne – Centre for Adult Continuing Education, Paula Hick – Clinical Skills Simulation Nurse ASSERT, Maurice Fitzgerald – Prinicpal Coláiste na Sceilge,  Dr Pat Henn – Director Research & Education ASSERT, Victor Shine – […]

With the support of UCC’s Anatomy Department ASSERTs Surgical Skills Lab is providing a series of 5 to 8 short labs to facilitate Surgical Trainees from across Corks University Hospitals in Otological Surgical drilling techniques of the Temporal bone. The complex anatomy has always posed a steep learning curve for new surgeons and in particular […]


GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Mentice welcomes the publication of a research paper in the jounal “Stroke” based on the use of its VIST® physics-based, high-fidelity simulator to train interventional neuroradiologists (INRs). The paper, Metric-Based Virtual Reality Simulation for Mechanical Thrombectomy—A Paradigm Shift in Training for Mechanical Thrombectomy in Acute Stroke, researched the use of high-end virtual reality simulation for […]

    Healthcare staff working on the frontline to control the spread Covid-19 are succumbing to the virus at a disproportionate rate. 10-15% of all diagnosed cases of the Coronavirus are among the healthcare community working to halt the spread of the disease. The single common variable in the vast majority of cases of the […]

“Smarter technologies to beat cancer!” 1st February 2019         Simultaneous press conferences, open to the public, in all Europe Irelandedition: ASSERT Centre, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University Centre Cork, College Road, Cork Cork, Ireland– The NOBEL project organizes the 1st HealthTech World Cancer Day (HWCD) onFebruary 1st 2019 at 12PM the […]

ASSERT was pleased to facilitate and support AventaMed (advanced ENT Surgery) in a second R&D lab in our surgical skills lab to further develop surgical technique and procedure on cadaveric specimens simulating surgery for Otitis Media with Effusion (“Glue ear”). Important objectives were met on surgeon based feedback and image capture of the next generation […]

Book Now: We use fresh, un-embalmed, donor human cadavers for real life hands on teaching. The course will be held at the state-of-the-art ASSERT centre on the campus of University College Cork (UCC), Cork, Ireland. It is a collaboration between University College Cork (UCC), Cork University Hospital (CUH) together with international experts from ATACC, Sydney & London HEMs. On successful completion of […]

  A nursing home in Co Cork is piloting an early warning system to detect COVID-19 among staff. A census of mortality in Ireland’s nursing homes is now underway with priority testing of staff and residents also taking place. Over half of all deaths from coronavirus have been associated with nursing homes. Diarmuid Ó Dálaigh, […]

Assert hosted a new and first surgical training day for BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid) utilising Cochlear implants for ENT Otology specialists from Ireland and Europe. The depth of experiences and skill collectively shared through this dynamic surgical skills lab and the delivery of learning platforms through the day proved a highlight.

This second and linked theme master class in mesh surgery was held in ASSERTs surgical skills lab utilizing six fresh frozen female cadavers over 2 days. 17 Irish and international delegates plus faculty attended a tremendously informative, technically innovative and skill sharing simulated surgical interactive educational experience. The expert planning from course organizers and technical […]

The Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Trials is designed to give a competitive advantage for those wishing to pursue a career in clinical trials in the pharmaceutical, medical device or academic sectors.  It is the first such course in Ireland providing a pathway for progression to Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Trials and ultimately a MSc Clinical trials, and […]

An online one stop shop resource centre has been set up on the UCC Courses website to collate reputable resources and keep front line workers, academics and other interested parties abreast of the latest reliable information and developments regarding COVID-19. The site features a live map of worldwide COVID-19 cases, as well as educational material […]

  Having claimed the SimWars title in 2018, UCC’s Emergency Society host SimWars 2019 in the rebel county,  it promises to be the biggest and best SimWars yet. Sim Wars 2019 is taking place in UCC’s  state of the art facilities at the ASSERT Centre in March 2019.  

Professor Barry O’Reilly and Paula Hick from the ASSERT Centre, UCC, attended the IMI Pain Care consortium meeting, titled “Improving the care of patients suffering from acute or chronic pain”- an EU international initiative on pain, in Berlin on the 19th-20th of March. The IMI-Pain Care Consortium is composed of 40 participants from 14 countries; […]

Prospective, randomised and blinded clinical trials in surgery and interventional cardiology demonstrate that proficiency based progression (PBP) training produces a superior intra-operative skill-set.1-5 The PBP approach to training relies on a robust, quantitative assessment of experienced operator performance to establish a benchmark.  Atypical expert performances can lower the benchmark level that trainees must demonstrate in simulation […]

ASSERT is delighted to be a sponsor of the upcoming TEDxUniversityCollegeCork, which is taking place in the Aula Maxima, UCC, on the 16th of March 2019. This event is organized by Derry O’Flynn, Kate Ryan and Tessa Daly, third year medical students at UCC and committee members of the Association Of Medical Students of Ireland. […]

  Vodafone has today announced a strategic partnership with the ASSERT Centre (Application of the Science of Simulation to Education, Research and Medical Technology) in University College Cork (UCC), making it the first 5G connected telemedicine and medical robotics training centre in the world. Furthermore, Vodafone Ireland has today become the first mobile operator in […]

An Article publised on RTE Brainstorm – Authored by Prof Anthony G Gallagher The combination of high profile medical error cases, working time directives resulting in reduced working hours for doctors in training along with the rapid innovations and developments in medical technologies requires that medicine and healthcare must now consider new approaches to the […]

  Read the fantastic Article in The Irish Examiner, Working Life Section, on Pat Henn, Director of Research & Education, ASSERT Centre, UCC      

  ASSERT Centre welcomes partnership with Vodafone, becoming the first 5G connected telemedicine and medical robotics training centre in the world.   Vodafone has announced a partnership with the ASSERT Centre, College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork’s for a 5G training facility focused on the Internet of Medical Things. The initial focus of […]

The full day workshop held in the Surgical Skills Lab combined lecture and practical hands on training including suturing skills.

The ASSERT centre, UCC, hosted the Inaugural masterclass in the surgical management of stress urinary incontinence on the 1st and 2nd of March. The masterclass was organized by Professor Barry O’Reilly, Ms Orfhlaith O’Sullivan, and Dr Fadi Salameh, and was aimed at consultants, fellows and senior trainees in both obstetrics and gynaecology and urology, and […]

Attendees of the Anatomy of Complications Workshop (ACW) 2019 enjoying some sunshine after a busy couple of days at the ASSERT Centre. The course was a huge success and the feedback was extremely positive with many describing it as the best course they have ever been on. All said they would recommend it to a […]

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Mentice welcomes the publication of a research paper in the jounal “Stroke” based on the use of its VIST® physics-based, high-fidelity simulator to train interventional neuroradiologists (INRs). The paper, Metric-Based Virtual Reality Simulation for Mechanical Thrombectomy—A Paradigm Shift in Training for Mechanical Thrombectomy in Acute Stroke, researched the use of high-end virtual reality […]

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Professor Barry O’Reilly, Director of ASSERT, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University College Cork joined Jonathan in studio to discuss the ASSERT facility at UCC, wearable healthcare technology and how telemedicine is expanding far beyond interactions between physicians and patients into entirely new ways of delivering healthcare and practice medicine and is changing the […]