A prestigious medal, linked to medical research at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI), has been revived after 70 years.
The St Mungo’s Medal was awarded from 1894 until 1944 by the St Mungo’s College of Medicine to students and junior doctors for pioneering research. The College was founded in 1876 and incorporated within Glasgow Royal Infirmary before being amalgamated into University of Glasgow in 1947.
Medical and University administrative staff worked with the University’s Curator of Coins and Medals at the Hunterian Museum to uncover the once dormant St Mungo’s Medal and bring it back to life in the 21st century.
At Friday’s inaugural meeting, Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgowpresented the winner, the InSPIRE Team, with the new St Mungo’s Medal.
The organising committee of the new annual GRI St Mungo’s research meeting, which aims to highlight GRI based research linked to the revival of this Medal is made up of Dr Russell Drummond (Clinical Director, Medicine), Prof Mary-Ann Lumsden (University of Glasgow), Mr Colin McKay (Clinical Director, Surgery), Dr Terry Quinn (University of Glasgow) and Dr Adrian Stanley (Chair, GRI Medical Staff Association).
Dr Stanley said: “Most people are aware that St Mungo was the founder and patron saint of Glasgow and he has a special place in the heart of many Glaswegians. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the medal in his name was strongly contested amongst students and doctors, with awards given for Medicine, Surgery, Physiology, Chemistry and even Zoology!
“The committee had the idea to revive the St Mungo’s Medal as the prize for a newly planned annual GRI research meeting, but few of us thought there would be such a massive response to the call for abstract submissions. In just a short time we received 85 submissions from all areas of medicine including Orthopaedics, ENT, Medicine and Surgery.
“The GRI based projects covered the whole spectrum of research from world class studies to important student-run clinical audits. After abstracts were assessed by a group of volunteer judges, we decided to accept the best 10 for oral presentation and the next best 30 for poster presentation.
“This new St Mungo’s research meeting has been extremely well supported by senior figures from both NHSGGC and the University of Glasgow and is a fantastic example of the strong NHS-academic links at GRI which are so important to enable the high quality research to flourish there.
“We are delighted that the meeting has been such a success and are already looking forward to next year’s meeting. We congratulate the InSpire team as the worthy winner of the first St Mungo’s Medal of the 21st century.”
Joanne McPeake, intensive care nurse said: "Intensive Clare patients suffer many social, psychological, emotional and physical challenges in the months and years following critical care discharge. Care givers and loved ones suffer similarly.
“The InSPIRE programme was set up to support these vulnerable patients during this difficult time. The entire inspire team is delighted to be awarded the St Mungo's medal for this work and our hope would be that this would raise the profile of the issues that ICU patients face."
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Pic: Joanne McPeake (third from the right) receives the St Mungo's Medal from Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow on behalf of the InSPIRE Team with some of the other team members who had put in submissions.