Research Profile

Collette Hand

Biography

  • BSc Microbiology, UCC 1994.
  • PhD Human Molecular Genetics, UCD 1998.
  • Postdoctoral Research McGill University, Canada, 1998-2002
  • College Lecturer UCC Department of Pathology 2002 - present

Research Interests

Human genetic disease gene mapping. Disorders of interest include Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis (HSP), Familial Migraine and Periodic Paralysis. My research focus is the genetic investigation of a variety of conditions and focuses on the mapping and identification of human disease genes through the study of families affected by disease. One of the main challenges of this approach is the collection of suitably large families with affected individuals for study. Strong collaborations with clinical colleagues are vital.
Identification of novel genes
I have been involved in the identification of the causative genes for a number of disorders. We described the gene responsible for a juvenile form of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder.
I was also involved in the studies to establish the gene responsible for hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED), an autosomal dominant skin disorder characterised by palmoplantar hyperkeratosis, hair defects (from partial to total alopecia), nail hypoplasia and nail deformities. HED occurs worldwide with a very low frequency, but is more common in French-Canadians and so the known founder effect was exploited to identify the causative gene in this and other populations.
Identification of novel loci
I have been involved in the identification of novel loci for a number of conditions including congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED2) which is a rare corneal disorder, a familial ALS locus (ALS3) and a spastic ataxia locus (SAX1). We have identified a novel locus of autosomal dominant restless legs syndrome (RLS) which is the first report in an Irish family.
Identification of novel mutations
Screening genes for mutations allows the identification of novel mutations which expand the understanding of the disease mechanism and may allow for genotype- phenotype correlations to be developed. This approach has been applied to a number of conditions including familial migraine (ATP1A2 gene), retinitis pigmentosa (RPGR gene), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (SOD1, ALS2 genes) and hereditary spastic paraparesis (ALS2, PLP, SPG4 genes).
 
Confirmation of diagnosis via gene screening 
A number of disorders benefit from the detection of a genetic mutation to confirm or support clinical diagnosis. I have recently identified the causative mutation in the first Irish case of Andersen Tawil Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder with a significant cardiac risk in patients. We have also detected the responsible mutation in the first Irish case of Chorea-Acanthocytosis, another inherited neurological disorder. 
New Disorders I have been involved in studies of the genetic basis of pain response in individuals. I have established studies on the genetics of the ion channel disorder periodic paralyses through strong clinical collaboration. We have undertaken a study to identify the causative mutation in a large Irish family with members affected by Myofibrillar myopathy, a rare neuromuscular disorder with extensive genetic heterogeneity. 
Lab AlumniPhD Students Evelyn Skehan (2005-2010, co-supervised with Prof. Nollaig Parfrey)
MD Students Desiree Fernandez (2004-2005, co-supervised with Prof. Nollaig Parfrey and Dr Brain Sweeney)
MSc Students Manal Abdul Rahim (2004-2005, co-supervised with Prof. Nollaig Parfrey) Cathy Moore (2014)
Internships / Summer students Eileen Crowley (2002) HRB Summer Studentship, Awarded Poster Prize Michael McCarthy (2003 and 2004) Maria Twomey (2004) HRB Summer Studentship, Awarded Poster Prize Ray Hickey (2005) Jane Cunningham (2007) Claire Crowley (2008) HRB Summer Studentship Edel Fitzpatrick (2008) Grace Neville (2009) Darragh Herlihy (2009) Colin Kenny (2012) HRB Summer Studentship Jessica Neville Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship (2015), Alicia Andrews (2015), Sarah Harrington (2016)
Undergraduate students 2003/2004: Rebecca Dennehy, Doireann Lawlor, Eileen Murphy 2004/2005: Therese Brosnan, Mairead Keating, Deirdre King 2005/2006: Yvonne Cronin, Yvonne Hickey, Micheal MacAogain, Maria Twomey 2006/2007: Kate Lynch, Laura Moran, Lucy Sreenan-Sellmeyer, Eric Weimann 2007/2008: Jamie FitzGerald, Jim McCarthy, Brendan O'Connor, Alex Stone 2008/2009: Michelle Gardinar, Lily Keane 2009/2010: Claire Crowley, Nina Hanley, Phillip Williams 2011/2012: Cilian Shanahan, Aisling O'Connor 2012/2013: Anne Hill, Kevin Kavanagh, Jennifer O Leary 2013/2014: Aidan Leahy, Rachel O’Donovan 2014/2015: Aoife Hunter, Emma O’Flynn 2015/16: Hadeel Ismail, Tomas Power. 2016/17: Alison O'Keeffe, Gemma Hayes 2017/18: Christopher Barrett

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
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Start DateEnd DateAward
Characterisation of gene mutations in Irish melanoma patientsUCC TRAP (Translational Research Access Programme)01-OCT-1730-SEP-18€10,000.00
Summer StudentshipForeign Research Institute29-JUN-1521-AUG-15€2,698.00
Is there a common ancestor for periodic paralysis in Ireland?Wellcome Trust29-JUN-1521-AUG-15€2,700.00
A Phenotypic and Genotypic Study of Periodic Paralysis in an Irish PopulationUCC TRAP (Translational Research Access Programme)01-JUN-12€9,901.50
HRB Summer Scholarship SS/2012/23 Colin Kenny S: Screening candidate genes for Restless Legs Syndrome in a novel locus idenified in an Irish RLS family.Health Research Board04-JUN-1227-JUL-12€2,000.00
HRB Summer Scholarship 2008, Claire Crowley, Screening the SCN5A gene in a suspected case of Long QT syndromeHealth Research Board01-JUN-0801-AUG-08
HRB Summer Scholarship 2004, Maria Twomey, Screening of candidate genes for Restless Legs Syndrome in a newly identified locusHealth Research Board01-JUN-0401-AUG-04
HRB Summer Scholarship 2002, Eileen Crowley, Mapping the Gene for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs SyndromeHealth Research Board01-JUN-0201-AUG-02

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'Homozygous SLC4A11 mutation in a large Irish CHED2 pedigree'
Hand, CK;McGuire, M;Parfrey, NA;Murphy, CC (2017) 'Homozygous SLC4A11 mutation in a large Irish CHED2 pedigree'. Ophthalmic Genetics, 38 :148-151 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Phenotypic Variation in a Caucasian Kindred with Chorea-Acanthocytosis'
Merwick, A;Mok, T;McNamara, B;Parfrey, NA;Moore, H;Sweeney, BJ;Hand, CK;Ryan, AM (2015) 'Phenotypic Variation in a Caucasian Kindred with Chorea-Acanthocytosis'. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, 2 :86-89 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Expanding the phenotype of Andersen-Tawil Syndrome: first Irish case'
Lefter S, Hardiman O, Costigan D, Lynch B, McConville J, Hand CK, Ryan AM (2014) 'Expanding the phenotype of Andersen-Tawil Syndrome: first Irish case'. Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease, 16 (2):79-82 [Details]
(2012)'A Novel PLP1 Mutation Further Expands the Clinical Heterogeneity at the Locus'
Hand, CK;Bernard, G;Dube, MP;Shevell, MI;Rouleau, GA (2012) 'A Novel PLP1 Mutation Further Expands the Clinical Heterogeneity at the Locus'. The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 39 :220-224 [Details]
(2012)'A novel locus for restless legs syndrome maps to chromosome 19p in an Irish pedigree'
Skehan, EB,Abdulrahim, MMA,Parfrey, NA,Hand, CK (2012) 'A novel locus for restless legs syndrome maps to chromosome 19p in an Irish pedigree'. Neurogenetics, 13 :125-132 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'A novel ATP1A2 gene mutation in an irish familial hemiplegic migraine kindred'
Fernandez, DM;Hand, CK;Sweeney, BJ;Parfrey, NA (2008) 'A novel ATP1A2 gene mutation in an irish familial hemiplegic migraine kindred'. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 48 :101-108 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'[Superoxyde dismutase 1 gene abnormalities in familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: phenotype/genotype correlations. The French experience and review of the literature]'
Jafari-Schluep HF, Khoris J, Mayeux-Portas V, Hand C, Rouleau G, Camu W; Groupe Francais d'Etude des Maladies du Motoneurone; (2004) '[Superoxyde dismutase 1 gene abnormalities in familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: phenotype/genotype correlations. The French experience and review of the literature]'. Revue Neurologique, 160 (1):44-50 [Details]
(2004)'A founder effect in three large Newfoundland families with a novel clinically variable spastic ataxia and supranuclear gaze palsy'
Grewal KK, Stefanelli MG, Meijer IA, Hand CK, Rouleau GA, Ives EJ; (2004) 'A founder effect in three large Newfoundland families with a novel clinically variable spastic ataxia and supranuclear gaze palsy'. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 15 (131):249-254 [Details]
(2003)'Novel RPGR mutations with distinct RP phenotypes in French-Canadian families'
Koenekoop RK, Loyer M, Hand CK, Al Mahdi H, Dembinska O, Beneish R, Racine J, Rouleau GA; (2003) 'Novel RPGR mutations with distinct RP phenotypes in French-Canadian families'. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 136 (4):678-687 [Details]
(2003)'Mutation Screening of the ALS2 Gene in Sporadic and Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis'
Hand CK, Devon RS, Gros-Louis F, Rochefort D, Khoris J, Meininger V, Bouchard J-P, Camu W, Hayden MR, Rouleau GA; (2003) 'Mutation Screening of the ALS2 Gene in Sporadic and Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis'. Archives of Neurology, 60 (12):1768-1771 [Details]
(2003)'Identification of a novel ALS2 gene mutation in a large Pakistani kindred with autosomal recessive infantile onset Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia'
Gros-Louis F, Meijer IA, Hand CK, Dubé M-P, MacGregor DL, Seni M-H, Devon RS, Hayden MR, Andermann F, Andermann E, Rouleau GA; (2003) 'Identification of a novel ALS2 gene mutation in a large Pakistani kindred with autosomal recessive infantile onset Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia'. Annals of Neurology, 53 (1):144-145 [Details]
(2003)'Linkage to the CCM2 locus and genetic heterogeneity in familial cerebral cavernous malformation'
Dupré N, Verlaan D, Laurent SB, Hand, CK, Turecki G, Davenport, WJ, Acciarri N, Dichgans J, Ohkuma A, Siegel AM, Rouleau GA; (2003) 'Linkage to the CCM2 locus and genetic heterogeneity in familial cerebral cavernous malformation'. The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 30 (2):122-128 [Details]
(2002)'A locus for dominant Hereditary Spastic Ataxia, SAX1, maps to Chromosome 12p13'
Meijer IA, Hand CK, Grewal KK, Stefanelli MG, Ives EJ, Rouleau GA; (2002) 'A locus for dominant Hereditary Spastic Ataxia, SAX1, maps to Chromosome 12p13'. American Journal of Human Genetics, 70 (3):763-769 [Details]
(2002)'A novel familial ALS locus on Chromosome 18q'
Hand CK, Khoris J, Salachas F, Gros-Louis F, Simões Lopes AA, Mayeux-Portas V, Brown RH Jr, Meininger V, Camu W, Rouleau GA; (2002) 'A novel familial ALS locus on Chromosome 18q'. American Journal of Human Genetics, 70 (1):251-256 [Details]
(2002)'Spectrum of SPG4 mutations in a large collection of North American Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia families'
Meijer IA, Hand CK, Cossette P, Figlewicz DA, Rouleau GA; (2002) 'Spectrum of SPG4 mutations in a large collection of North American Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia families'. Archives of Neurology, 59 (2):281-286 [Details]
(2002)'Familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis'
Hand CK, Rouleau GA.; (2002) 'Familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis'. Muscle Nerve, 25 (2):135-159 [Details]
(2001)'Compound heterozygous D90A and D96N SOD1 mutations in a recessive ALS family'
Hand CK, Mayeux-Portas, V, Khoris J, Briolotti V, Clavelou P, Camu W, Rouleau, GA.; (2001) 'Compound heterozygous D90A and D96N SOD1 mutations in a recessive ALS family'. Annals of Neurology, 49 (2):267-271 [Details]
(2001)'Reply'
Hand CK, Mayeux-Portas, V, Khoris J, Briolotti V, Clavelou P, Camu W, Rouleau, GA.; (2001) 'Reply'. Annals of Neurology, 50 (4):554-554 [Details]
(2001)'A founder mutation in French-Canadian families with X-linked hereditary neuropathy'
Dupré N, Cossette L, Hand CK, Bouchard J-P, Rouleau GA, Puymirat J.; (2001) 'A founder mutation in French-Canadian families with X-linked hereditary neuropathy'. The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 28 (1):51-55 [Details]
(2001)'A gene encoding a putative GTPase regulator is mutated in familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 '
Hadano S, Hand CK, Osuga H, Yanagisawa Y, Otomo A, Devon RS, Miyamoto N, Showguchi-Miyata, J, Okada Y, Singaraja R, Figlewicz DA, Kwiatkowski T, Hosler BA, Sagie T, Skaug J, Nasir J, Brown RH Jr, Scherer SW, Rouleau GA, Hayden MR, Ikeda, J-E ; (2001) 'A gene encoding a putative GTPase regulator is mutated in familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 '. Nature Genetics, 29 (2):166-173 [Details]
(2000)'Mutations in GJB6 cause hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia'
Lamartine J, Munhoz Essenfelder G, Kibar Z, Lanneluc I, Callouet E, Laoudj D, Lemaitre G, Hand C, Hayflick SJ, Zonana J, Antonarakis S, Radhakrishna U, Kelsell DP, Christianson AL, Pitaval A, Der Kaloustian V, Fraser C, Blanchet-Bardon C, Rouleau GA, Waksman G ; (2000) 'Mutations in GJB6 cause hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia'. Nature Genetics, 26 (2):142-144 [Details]
(1999)'Homozygosity mapping and linkage analysis demonstrate that autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) and autosomal dominant CHED are genetically distinct'
Callaghan M, Hand CK, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LM, Parfrey NA.; (1999) 'Homozygosity mapping and linkage analysis demonstrate that autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) and autosomal dominant CHED are genetically distinct'. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 83 (1):115-119 [Details]
(1999)'Homozygosity Mapping and linkage analysis demonstrate that Autosomal Recessive Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy (CHED) and Autosomal Dominant CHED are genetically distinct'
Callaghan M,Hand CK, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA; (1999) 'Homozygosity Mapping and linkage analysis demonstrate that Autosomal Recessive Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy (CHED) and Autosomal Dominant CHED are genetically distinct'. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 83 (1):115-119 [Details]
(1999)'Localization of the gene for autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED2) to chromosome 20 by homozygosity mapping'
Hand CK, Harmon DL, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LM, Parfrey NA.; (1999) 'Localization of the gene for autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED2) to chromosome 20 by homozygosity mapping'. Genomics, 61 (1):1-4 [Details]
(1999)'Localisation of the gene for Autosomal Recessive Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy (CHED2) to chromosome 20 by Homozygosity Mapping'
Hand CK, Harmon DL, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA ; (1999) 'Localisation of the gene for Autosomal Recessive Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy (CHED2) to chromosome 20 by Homozygosity Mapping'. Genomics, 61 (1):1-4 [Details]

Abstract

 YearPublication
(2010)A Novel Locus for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome.
Skehan, EB;Abdulrahim, MMA;Hand, CK;Parfrey, NA (2010) A Novel Locus for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome. NEW YORK: Abstract [Details]
(2010)A Novel Locus for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome.
Skehan, EB;Abdulrahim, MMA;Hand, CK;Parfrey, NA (2010) A Novel Locus for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome. NEW YORK: Abstract [Details]
(2005)Familial hemiplegic migraine is linked to the FHM2 locus in an Irish pedigree.
Fernandez, DM;Hand, CK;Sweeney, BJ;Parfrey, NA (2005) Familial hemiplegic migraine is linked to the FHM2 locus in an Irish pedigree. OXFORD: Abstract [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2015)Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting
Neville J, Shilling DA, Ryan AM, Hand CK (2015) Do Irish periodic paralysis patients have a common genetic origin? Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting Dublin City University, , 04-SEP-15 - 04-SEP-15 [Details]
(2005)CEPHALALGIA
Fernandez, DM and Hand, CK and Sweeney, BJ and Parfrey, NA (2005) Familial hemiplegic migraine is linked to the FHM2 locus in an Irish pedigree CEPHALALGIA , pp.854-855 [Details]
(2015)UCC School of Medicine Horizons conference
Neville, J; Shilling, DA; Ryan, AM; Hand. CK (2015) Do Irish periodic paralysis patients have a common genetic origin? UCC School of Medicine Horizons conference [Details]
(2014)UCC School of Medicine Horizons conference
Hand CK.Ryan AM, (2014) A Phenotypic and Genotypic Study of Periodic Paralysis in an Irish Population UCC School of Medicine Horizons conference [Details]
(2010)United States and Canadian Society of Pathology Annual Meeting
Evelyn B. Skehan, Manal Abdulrahim, Nollaig A Parfrey Collette K Hand. (2010) A novel locus for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome United States and Canadian Society of Pathology Annual Meeting Washington, DC, USA, , 20-MAR-10 - 26-MAR-10 , pp.392A-392A [Details]
(2010)European Society of Human Genetics Meeting, 2010
EB Skehan, MMA Abdulrahim, NA Parfrey and CK Hand. (2010) Identification of a novel locus for autosomal dominant Restless Legs Syndrome in an Irish Pedigree European Society of Human Genetics Meeting, 2010 Gothenburg, Sweden, , 12-JUN-10 - 15-JUN-10 [Details]
(2009)Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, 2008
Kelly SB, Parfrey NA, Ryan AM, Hand CK. (2009) Phenotype and Genotype analysis of Familial Periodic Paralysis in Irish Families Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, 2008 St James’ Hospital Dublin, , 12-SEP-08 - 12-SEP-08 , pp.74-74 [Details]
(2008)Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, 2007
Evelyn B. Skehan, Manal Abdulrahim, Collette K. Hand, Nollaig A. Parfrey (2008) Absence of Linkage to Known Loci In An Irish RLS Family Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, 2007 Belfast City Hospital, Belfast, , 24-SEP-07 - 24-SEP-07 [Details]
(2007)European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA), 2007
O.T. Hickey, G.D. Shorten, S. Burke1, P. Hafeez, A. Mudrakouski, C. Keohane, N.A. Parfrey, C. Hand, D. Shilling, M. Butler, I. Hayes (2007) Outcome Following Lumbar Discectomy- Associations with changes on quantitative sensory testing, mental status, no index and the A118G Mu-Opioid polymorphism European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA), 2007 Valencia, Spain, , 11-SEP-07 - 15-SEP-07 [Details]
(2007)European Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, 2007
Skehan EB, Abdulrahim M, Hand CK, Parfrey NP (2007) Evidence for Further Genetic Heterogeneity in Restless Legs Syndrome European Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, 2007 Nice, France, , 16-JUN-07 - 19-JUN-07 [Details]
(2007)Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, 2007
Evelyn B. Skehan, Manal Abdulrahim, Collette K. Hand, Nollaig A. Parfrey (2007) Absence of Linkage To Known Loci In An Irish RLS Family Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, 2007 Belfast, Northern Ireland, , 24-SEP-07 - 24-SEP-07 [Details]
(2007)American Society of Anaesthesiologists, October 2007
Ciaran Twomey, Gabriella Iohom, Crina Burlacu, Collette Hand, George Shorten. (2007) ε4 Allele of Apolipoprotein E Gene – Potential Determinant of Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction American Society of Anaesthesiologists, October 2007 San Franciso, USA, , 01-OCT-07 - 02-OCT-07 [Details]
(2005)12th Congress of the International Headache Society
Fernandez DM; Hand CK; Sweeney BJ; Parfrey NA; (2005) Familial Hemiplegic Migraine is linked to the FHM2 locus in an Irish Pedigree 12th Congress of the International Headache Society Kyoto, Japan, [Details]
(2005)Irish Neurological Association Meeting, Dublin
Fernandez, DM; Hand CK; Sweeney BJ; Parfrey NA; (2005) Familial Hemiplegic Migraine is linked to the FHM2 locus in an Irish Pedigree Irish Neurological Association Meeting, Dublin [Details]
(2004)United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Meeting, 2004
Nollaig A Parfrey, Patrick Kelly, Vanessa Collins, Collette K Hand. (2004) Mapping the Gene for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Meeting, 2004 Vancouver, Canada, , 06-MAR-04 - 12-MAR-04 [Details]
(2003)Canadian Genetic Disease Network Annual Scientific Meeting, 2003
Devon RS, Gros-Louis F, Hand CK, Meijer I, Helm JR, Davidson T, Munro L, Rogers D, Simpson EM, Leavitt BR, Rouleau GA, Hayden MR (2003) Investigation of the Role of the Putative GTPase Activator Alsin in the Pathogenesis of ALS2 and Related Spastic Paraplegias Canadian Genetic Disease Network Annual Scientific Meeting, 2003 Kanasaskis, Alberta, Canada, , 15-MAY-03 - 18-MAY-03 [Details]
(2003)Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Meeting 2003
G. Li, M. Loyer, I. Lopez, H. Chakor, C. Hand, R. Polomeno, J. Racine, P. Lachapelle, G. Rouleau and R.K. Koenekoop (2003) In vivo Functional Analyses of Retinal Function by Multifocal Electroretinography in Unrelated Carriers of XRRP with the Same 2 Basepair Deletion in ORF15 of RPGR (2281_2282 del GG) Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Meeting 2003 [Details]
(2003)Canadian Genetic Disease Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2003
Meijer I, Hand CK, Grewal KK, Ives EJ, Stefanelli MG, Rouleau GA. (2003) Searching for the gene responsible for dominant Hereditary Spastic Ataxia, SAX1 Canadian Genetic Disease Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2003 Kanasaskis, Alberta, Canada, , 15-MAY-03 - 18-MAY-03 [Details]
(2002)European Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting
Hand CK, Dubé MP, Shevell M, Rouleau GA (2002) A novel PLP mutation in X-linked hereditary spastic paraplegia (SPG2) further broadens the extent of heterogeneity at this locus European Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting Strasbourg, France, , 25-MAY-02 - 29-MAY-02 [Details]
(2002)Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Meeting 2002
R Koenekoop, M Loyer, C Hand, H Al Mahdi, M Papaioannou, O Dembinska, J Racine, S Bhattacharya and G Rouleau (2002) Molecular Studies of French Canadian Retinitis Pigmentosa Patients: Linkage analyses and Genotype-Phenotype Studies of a Genetic Isolate Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Meeting 2002 [Details]
(2001)American Society of Human Genetics Meeting 2001
I.A. Meijer, C.K. Hand, K.K. Grewal, M.G. Stefanelli, E.J. Ives, G.A. Rouleau (2001) A locus for dominant Hereditary Spastic Ataxia American Society of Human Genetics Meeting 2001 [Details]
(2001)American Society of Human Genetics Meeting 2001
K.K. Grewal, M.G. Stefanelli, I.A. Meijer, C.K. Hand, G.A. Rouleau, E.J. Ives. (2001) Evidence for a common ancester in 2 large families with phenotypically variable spastic ataxia American Society of Human Genetics Meeting 2001 [Details]
(2000)International Symposium on ALS/MND
Hand CK, Mayeux-Portas, V, Khoris J, Briolotti V, Clavelou P, Camu W, Rouleau, GA. (2000) Compound heterozygous D90A and D96N SOD1 mutations in a recessive ALS family International Symposium on ALS/MND Århus, Denmark, , 04-DEC-01 - 06-DEC-01 [Details]
(2000)American Epilepsy Society, 54th Annual Meeting Los Angeles, USA
Brisebois K., Cossette P., Hand C.K., Toulouse A., Andermann E., Berkovic S.F., Andermann F., Faught E., Kuzniecky, R.I., Donaldsen J.O., Leonberg S.C., Rouleau G.A. (2000) Adult Neuronal Ceroid Lipofucinosis with autosomal dominant transmission (Kuf's disease):suggestion of linkage at the CLN2 locus American Epilepsy Society, 54th Annual Meeting Los Angeles, USA Los Angeles, USA, , 01-DEC-01 - 06-DEC-01 [Details]
(1999)United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting
C.K. Hand, D.L. Harmon, S.M. Kennedy, J.S. FitzSimon, L.M.T. Collum, and N.A. Parfrey. (1999) The autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) gene is mapped to chromosome 20p by homozygosity mapping United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting [Details]
(1998)Irish Society of Human Genetics Meeting
Hand CK, Harmon DL, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA. (1998) Hand CK, Harmon DL, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA. The Autosomal Recessive Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy (CHED) gene is mapped to Chromosome 20p by Homozygosity Mapping. Irish Society of Human Genetics Meeting. University College Dublin, Ireland. 11-12th September 1998 Irish Society of Human Genetics Meeting University College Dublin, Ireland, , 11-SEP-99 - 12-SEP-99 [Details]
(1997)United States and Canadian Society of Pathology Annual Meeting
Hand C, Callaghan M, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA. (1997) Autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) is not linked to the autosomal dominant CHED locus on chromosome 20 United States and Canadian Society of Pathology Annual Meeting [Details]
(1997)European Society of Human Genetics
Hand C, Callaghan M, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA. (1997) Use of a DNA pooling approach to homozygosity mapping demonstrates that autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) is genetically distinct from autosomal dominant CHED European Society of Human Genetics Genoa, Italy, , 17-MAY-97 - 20-MAY-97 [Details]
(1996)National Scientific and Medical Meeting
Hand C, Callaghan M, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA (1996) Homozygosity mapping indicates congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) is not linked to an identified corneal dystrophy locus National Scientific and Medical Meeting [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1995UCD Postgraduate Open Scholarship
1998Young Investigator Award for Best Presentation Irish Society Of Human Genetics Scientific Meeting 1998

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Society for Human Genetics Member since 1998; Committee member since 2006; Honorary Secretary (2007- 2009); President (2009-2011)01-MAR-98 /
Neuroscience Ireland Member01-SEP-06 /
European Society of Human Genetics Member01-JAN-06 /
European Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (EURLSSG) Member01-DEC-14 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2015)Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting,
Neville J, Shilling DA, Ryan AM, Hand CK (2015) Do Irish periodic paralysis patients have a common genetic origin?. [Poster Presentation], Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, Dublin City University , 04-SEP-15 - 04-SEP-15. [Details]
(2014)New Horizons in Medical Research, University College Cork,
Collette K. Hand and Aisling M. Ryan (2014) A Phenotypic and Genotypic Study of Periodic Paralysis in an Irish Population. [Poster Presentation], New Horizons in Medical Research, University College Cork, UCC , 11-DEC-14 - 11-DEC-14. [Details]
(2012)Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, Registrar Prize in Clinical Neuroscience,,
Stela Lefter, Collette Hand, John McConville, Donal Costigan, Bryan Lynch, Orla Hardiman, Aisling Ryan (2012) U know who? (ATS case). [Oral Presentation], Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, Registrar Prize in Clinical Neuroscience,, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin , 09-NOV-12 - 09-NOV-12. [Details]
(2010)USCAP Meeting,
Evelyn B. Skehan, Manal Abdulrahim, Collette K. Hand, Nollaig A. Parfrey. (2010) A novel locus for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome. [Poster Presentation], USCAP Meeting, Washington, DC , 20-MAR-10 - 26-MAR-10. [Details]
(2010)European Society of Human Genetics Meeting,
EB Skehan, MMA Abdulrahim, NA Parfrey and CK Hand. (2010) Identification of a novel locus for autosomal dominant Restless Legs Syndrome in an Irish Pedigree. [Poster Presentation], European Society of Human Genetics Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden , 12-JUN-10 - 15-JUN-10. [Details]
(2010)Molecules to Medicine Research Conference,
Evelyn B. Skehan, Manal Abdulrahim, Collette K. Hand, Nollaig A. Parfrey. (2010) A novel locus for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome. [Poster Presentation], Molecules to Medicine Research Conference, UCC , 16-JUN-10 - 16-JUN-10. [Details]
(2008)Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, Registrar¿s Prize in Neuroscience Research Presentations,
Kelly SB, Parfrey NA, Hand CK, Ryan AM; (2008) Phenotype and Genotype analysis of Familial Periodic Paralysis in Irish Families. [Oral Presentation], Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, Registrar¿s Prize in Neuroscience Research Presentations, Dublin . [Details]
(2008)Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting,
Kelly SB, Parfrey NA, Ryan AM, Hand CK; (2008) Phenotype and Genotype analysis of Familial Periodic Paralysis in Irish Families. [Poster Presentation], Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, Dublin , 12-SEP-08 - 12-SEP-08. [Details]
(2008)HRB meeting,
Claire Crowley, Collette K. Hand, Nollaig A. Parfrey. (2008) Screening the SCN5A gene in a suspected case of Long-QT syndrome. [Poster Presentation], HRB meeting, Dublin, Ireland , 11-DEC-08 - 11-DEC-08. [Details]
(2008)Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Scientific Meeting,
Kelly SB, Parfrey NA, Ryan AM, Hand CK; (2008) Phenotype and Genotype analysis of Familial Periodic Paralysis in Irish Families. [Poster Presentation], Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Scientific Meeting, St James’ Hospital Dublin , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2007)Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting,
Evelyn B. Skehan, Manal Abdulrahim, Collette K. Hand, Nollaig A. Parfrey (2007) Absence of Linkage to Known Loci In An Irish RLS Family. AWARDED Best Poster Prize. [Poster Presentation], Irish Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, Belfast , 04-SEP-07 - 04-SEP-07. [Details]
(2007)European Society of Human Genetics,
Skehan EB, Abdulrahim M, Hand CK, Parfrey NP; (2007) Evidence for Further Genetic Heterogeneity in Restless Legs Syndrome. [Poster Presentation], European Society of Human Genetics, Nice, France , 16-JUN-07 - 19-JUN-07. [Details]
(2007)American Society of Anaesthesiologists,
Ciaran Twomey, Gabriella Iohom, Crina Burlacu, Collette Hand, George Shorten. (2007) ε4 Allele of Apolipoprotein E Gene – Potential Determinant of Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction. [Poster Presentation], American Society of Anaesthesiologists, San Francisco , 01-OCT-07 - 02-OCT-07. [Details]
(2007)European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA),
O.T. Hickey, G.D. Shorten, S. Burke1, P. Hafeez, A. Mudrakouski, C. Keohane, N.A. Parfrey, C. Hand, D. Shilling, M. Butler, I. Hayes (2007) Outcome Following Lumbar Discectomy- Associations with changes on quantitative sensory testing, mental status, no index and the A118G Mu-Opioid polymorphism. [Poster Presentation], European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA), Valencia, Spain , 11-SEP-07 - 15-SEP-07. [Details]
(2006)Irish Neurological Association Meeting 2006,
Fernandez DM; Hand CK; Sweeney BJ; Parfrey NA; (2006) A novel ATP1A2 gene mutation in an Irish kindred with Familial Hemiplegic Migraine. AWARDED Best SpR Presentation. [Oral Presentation], Irish Neurological Association Meeting 2006, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2005)Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting,
Twomey M, Hand CK, Parfrey NA; (2005) Screening of a Candidate Gene for Restless Legs Syndrome in a Newly Identified Locus. [Poster Presentation], Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting, Trinity College, Dublin , 07-JAN-05 - 07-JAN-05. [Details]
(2005)Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting, 2005,
Twomey M, Hand CK, Parfrey NA (2005) Screening of a Candidate Gene for Restless Legs Syndrome in a Newly Identified Locus. AWARDED Watts Poster Prize. [Poster Presentation], Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting, 2005, TCD, Dublin, Ireland , 07-JAN-05 - 07-JAN-05. [Details]
(2005)UCC Medical Faculty Research Day,
Abdulrahim, M; Hand, CK; Parfrey, NA; (2005) Gene Mapping in Autosomal Dominant Relstless Legs Syndrome. [Poster Presentation], UCC Medical Faculty Research Day, Cork University Hospital , 22-JUN-05 - 22-JUN-05. [Details]
(2005)12th Congress of the International Headache Society,
Fernandez DM; Hand CK; Sweeney BJ; Parfrey NA; (2005) Familial Hemiplegic Migraine is linked to the FHM2 locus in an Irish Pedigree. [Oral Presentation], 12th Congress of the International Headache Society, Kyoto, Japan , 09-OCT-05 - 12-OCT-05. [Details]
(2005)Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting,
Twomey M, Hand CK, Parfrey NA; (2005) Screening of a Candidate Gene for Restless Legs Syndrome in a Newly Identified Locus. [Poster Presentation], Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting, TCD, Dublin , 07-JAN-05 - 07-JAN-05. [Details]
(2005)UCC Medical Faculty Research Day,
Manal Abdulrahim, CK Hand, NA Parfrey (2005) Gene Mapping in Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome. [Poster Presentation], UCC Medical Faculty Research Day, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland , 22-JUN-05 - 22-JUN-05. [Details]
(2005)Irish Neurological Association Meeting,
Fernandez, D; Hand CK; Sweeney B; Parfrey NA; (2005) Familial Hemiplegic Migraine is linked to the FHM2 locus in an Irish Pedigree. AWARDED Serono MS Preceptorship. [Oral Presentation], Irish Neurological Association Meeting, Dublin, Ireland , 13-MAY-05 - 13-MAY-05. [Details]
(2004)USCAP 2004,
Nollaig A Parfrey, Patrick Kelly, Vanessa Collins, Collette K Hand (2004) Mapping the Gene for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome. [Poster Presentation], USCAP 2004, Vancouver, Canada , 06-MAR-04 - 12-MAR-04. [Details]
(2003)Canadian Genetic Disease Network Meeting,
Devon RS, Gros-Louis F, Hand CK, Meijer IA, Helm JR, Davidson T, Munro L, Rogers D, Simpson EM, Leavitt BR, Rouleau GA, Hayden MR; (2003) Investigation of the Role of the Putative GTPase Activator Alsin in the Pathogenesis of ALS2 and Related Spastic Paraplegias. [Poster Presentation], Canadian Genetic Disease Network Meeting, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada , 01-MAY-03 - 03-MAY-03. [Details]
(2003)Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting,
Crowley ET, Hand CK, Parfrey NA; (2003) Mapping the gene for autosomal dominant restless legs syndrome. AWARDED Watts Poster Prize. [Poster Presentation], Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting, UCD , 10-JAN-03 - 10-JAN-03. [Details]
(2003)BioResearch Day UCC,
Hand CK, Kelly P, Collins V, Parfrey NA (2003) Mapping the Gene for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome. [Oral Presentation], BioResearch Day UCC, UCC , 03-SEP-03 - 03-SEP-03. [Details]
(2003)Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting,
Crowley ET, Hand CK, Parfrey NA (2003) Mapping the gene for autosomal dominant restless legs syndrome (selected for oral presentation for Watts medal award). [Oral Presentation], Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Winter meeting, UCD, Dublin, Ireland , 09-JAN-03 - 09-JAN-03. [Details]
(2003)Irish Neurology Association meeting,
Hand CK, Crowley ET, Parfrey NA; (2003) Mapping the gene for autosomal dominant restless legs syndrome. [Oral Presentation], Irish Neurology Association meeting, UCC , 09-MAY-03 - 09-MAY-03. [Details]
(2003)Canadian Genetic Disease Network Meeting,
Meijer IA, Hand CK, Grewal KK, Ives EJ, Stefanelli MG, Rouleau GA; (2003) Searching for the gene responsible for dominant Hereditary Spastic Ataxia, SAX1. [Poster Presentation], Canadian Genetic Disease Network Meeting, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada , 15-MAY-03 - 18-MAY-03. [Details]
(2003)Irish Neurology Association Meeting,
Hand CK, Kelly P, Collins V, Parfrey NA (2003) Mapping the Gene for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome. [Oral Presentation], Irish Neurology Association Meeting, UCC, Cork, Ireland , 09-MAY-03 - 10-MAY-03. [Details]
(2002)Irish Institute Of Neurology And Neurosurgery Meeting,
Hand, CK; (2002) Neurogenetics of Motor Neurone Diseases. [Oral Presentation], Irish Institute Of Neurology And Neurosurgery Meeting, Dublin , 25-NOV-02 - 25-NOV-02. [Details]
(2002)European Society of Human Genetics,
Hand CK, Dubé MP, Shevell M, Rouleau GA; (2002) A novel PLP mutation in X-linked hereditary spastic paraplegia (SPG2) further broadens the extent of heterogeneity at this locus. [Poster Presentation], European Society of Human Genetics, Strasbourg, France , 25-MAY-02 - 29-MAY-02. [Details]
(2000)International Symposium on ALS / MND,
Hand CK, Mayeux-Portas, V, Khoris J, Briolotti V, Clavelou P, Camu W, Rouleau, GA; (2000) Compound heterozygous D90A and D96N SOD1 mutations in a recessive ALS family. [Oral Presentation], International Symposium on ALS / MND, Århus, Denmark , 04-DEC-00 - 06-DEC-00. [Details]
(1998)Irish Society of Human Genetics Meeting,
Hand CK, Harmon DL, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA. (1998) The Autosomal Recessive Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy (CHED) gene is mapped to Chromosome 20p by Homozygosity Mapping. AWARDED Best Young Investigator Award. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society of Human Genetics Meeting, University College Dublin, Ireland , 11-SEP-98 - 12-SEP-98. [Details]
(1997)European Society for Human Genetics Meeting,
Hand C, Callaghan M, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA; (1997) Use of a DNA pooling approach to homozygosity mapping demonstrates that autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) is genetically distinct from autosomal dominant CHED. [Poster Presentation], European Society for Human Genetics Meeting, Genoa, Italy , 01-MAY-97 - 05-MAY-97. [Details]
(1996)National Scientific and Medical Meeting,
Hand C, Callaghan M, Kennedy SM, FitzSimon JS, Collum LMT, Parfrey NA.; (1996) Homozygosity mapping indicates congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) is not linked to an identified corneal dystrophy locus. [Poster Presentation], National Scientific and Medical Meeting, Dublin, Ireland , 01-MAR-96 - 02-MAR-96. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
College of Medicine and Health Graduate School Committee Committee member2016 /
College of Medicine and Health Teaching and Curriculum Development Committee Committee member2016 /
School of Medicine Research and Postgraduate Affairs Committee (RPAC) Co Chair, Lead for Postgraduate Affairs2016 /
Postgraduate Affairs Commitee, Medical School Member2004 / 2016
Departmental Graduate Studies Committee Chair2006 /
BSc Biomedical Sciences Board of Studies Member2003 /
MSc Biomedical Sciences Board of Studies Member2005 / 2015
School of Medicine Curriculum Committee (Undergraduate) Department representative2012 /
Irish Society of Human Genetics Member, Hon Secretary, President2006 / 2011

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCD, Dublin Postgraduate Student01-OCT-94 / 01-JUL-98
McGill University, Montreal, Canada Postdoctoral Scientist08-OCT-98 / 15-FEB-02
UCC Department of Pathology College Lecturer01-MAR-02 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1994University College Cork BSC (HONS)Microbiology
1998University College Dublin PHDPathology
2006University of British Columbia CertificateBioinformatics
2009University College Cork DIPLOMATeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2008University College Cork CertificateTeaching and Learning in Higher Education

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
English FluentFluentFluent
French FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Outreach Activities

 Description

Acted as a judge for the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) DNA Day Essay Competition 2014

Other Activities

 Description

Visits Abroad:

Cambridge, UK 34th Wellcome Trust Advanced Course. Human Genome Analysis: Genetic Analysis of Multifactorial Diseases July 2002 

Vancouver, Canada Bioinformatics Workshop 16-28 Feb. 2004 

Calgary, Canada Genomics Workshop 02-07 May 2005 

Calgary, Canada Proteomics Workshop
12-18 May 2006
 


List of Expert Assignments

Enterprise Ireland Grant Reviewer Dublin, Ireland 2003 


External Examiner - PHD DCU, 2013

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I contribute to teaching and examining  medical, dental, biomedical science, medical and health sciences and genetics students.  
** indicates module which I co-ordinate  

UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING  
Medicine and Dentistry
**FM2004 Foundations of Medicine: Mechanisms of Disease  
**PM3090 Genetic Research in Human Disease

Graduate Entry to Medicine
GM1001 Fundamentals of Medicine I   
GM1003 Fundamentals of Medicine III

BSc Biomedical Science 
**BM3001 Cellular Pathology I  
**BM4007 Cellular Pathology II  
BM4013 Research Project    

BSc Genetics
GN3002 Literature Project on Genetics  
GN4002 Research Project  

BSc Medical and Health Sciences
MH1050 Introduction to Translational Medicine


Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2014Cathy Moore University College CorkMSc BioinformaticsUse of Bioinformatics Tools to Prioritise Candidate Genes for Mutation Screening
2011Evelyn Skehan NUI (UCC)PHDMapping the Gene for Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome in an Irish Family
2007Aderanti Motunrayo Morenigbade UCCMSc Biomedical ScienceStereological Evaluation of Placental Terminal Villi in the Factor V Leiden Mutation
2009Susan White UCCMSc Biomedical ScienceScreening of an Irish cohort of patients with colorectal cancer for Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer (Lynch Syndrome) using analysis of mismatch repair proteins
2008Manal Abdulrazzaq Abdulrahim UCCMScGene Mapping and Candidate Gene Analysis in Autosomal Dominant Restless Legs Syndrome
2009Desiree Fernandez UCCMDGenetics of Familial Hemiplegic Migraine in a large Irish Pedigree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Literature Project on Genetics GN3002Literature Project on Genetics
2020Cellular Pathology II BM4007Cellular Pathology II
2020Cellular Pathology 1 BM3001Cellular Pathology 1
2020Advanced Research Methodology in Neuroscience AN4014Advanced Research Methodology in Neuroscience
2020Foundations of Medicine: Mechanisms of Disease FM2004Foundations of Medicine: Mechanisms of Disease
2020Genetic Research in Human Disease PM3090Genetic Research in Human Disease
2020Research Project GN4002Research Project

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Dr Cynthia Heffron Cork University HospitalIRELAND
Dr Aisling Ryan UCC and CUH NeurologyIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Professor Conor Murphy Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear HospitalIRELAND
Dr Tom Nolis Hunter Area Pathology Services, and University of NewcastleAUSTRALIA
Professor Rodney Scott Director of Genetics, Hunter Area Pathology Services, and University of NewcastleAUSTRALIA

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UCC Department of Pathology, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland

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