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RCSI MATTERS
We promote innovative research that leads to improved
diagnostics, therapeutics and devices, tackles important
healthcare delivery issues, and enhances the quality of
education of healthcare professionals.
Within the new Institutional Strategic Plan 2013 to 2017,
`Growth and Excellence', our research plan is to enhance
our competitiveness through multi-disciplinary research, to
offer greater professional development opportunities for
researchers, and improve internal communication.
INTERNATIONAL GRANT AWARDS
The EpimiRNA Consortium, led by Professor David Henshall
was awarded 11.5m from the European Commission
Framework Programme 7 to investigate molecular
mechanisms, diagnostics and treatments for epilepsy.
The consortium includes 16 partners from eight European
countries as well as the US and Brazil.
Professor Leonie Young was successful in securing an FP7
Marie Curie Industry Academia Partnership Programme
for the project ENDO-PREDICT. The funding supports an
industry-academia partnership (RCSI & Almac Group) to
produce a commercially viable, clinically-validated assay/
kit, which uses HOXC11 as a predictive biomarker of poor
response to endocrine treatment in breast cancer patients.
NATIONAL GRANT AWARDS
RCSI scientists had major success in Science Foundation
of Ireland (SFI) funding towards the establishment of
large research Centres. Professor Fergal O'Brien is the
RCSI lead Principal Investigator (PI) and Deputy Director
of the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research
(AMBER) Centre involving TCD (lead Institute) and UCC.
The AMBER research plan is to utilise nanoscience to
develop new materials for a diverse range of uses.
Professor David Henshall is the RCSI partner in the Centre
for Perinatal Translational Research lead by UCC.
RCSI has also secured funding from the Health Research
Board. Successful researchers include Professors David
Henshall, David Cotter, Mary Cannon, Sally-Ann Cryan,
Jochen Prehn, Leonie Young and Dr Brona Murphy, David
William, Ms Maeve Corcoran, Patrick Redmond, Mary
Clarke, Marie Bradley and Emer Reeves.
YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARDS
Successful young investigators include Dr Melanie Focking,
who was the recipient of a Young Investigator Grant
Award made by NARSAD (USA), Claudio Monasterolo,
Francesca Torri and Alba Jimenez Pacheco who secured
Irish Research Council funding under the PhD Studentship
Programme.
NEW DEVELOPMENTS
Professors Fergal O'Brien and Hilary Humphreys have
been appointed as Deputy Directors of Applied Research
and Clinical Research, respectively. These appointments
will provide leadership and support for clinical and applied
research, which are priorities in the institutional and the
national research strategies.
Multi-disciplinary research excellence
enhances RCSI competitiveness
The mission of RCSI in research is to improve human health through clinical and
laboratory-based research informed by bedside problems, societal and global health
challenges, writes Professor Raymond Stallings, Director of Research
Dr Sarah O'Neill, Director of the Research Summer School pictured
with RCSI medical students.
Pictured (l-r) are Professor Tom Walsh, President RAMI, Professor
Mary Cannon, recipient of the Royal Academy of Medicine of
Ireland (RAMI) 2013 Doctor Award (Psychiatry Section) and Eithne
Boylan, Managing Director, Lundbeck Ireland.