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Professor Nolan with some of his former RCSI PhD students. Pictured are:
Dr Jedd Comiskey, Takeda; Dr Sharon Brady, Life Scientific; Dr Declan
Gaynor, RCSI Medical University of Bahrain; Professor Kevin Nolan; Dr Colm
Campbell, BioMarin Europe; Dr Aoife Flanagan, Food for Health Ireland; Dr
Suzanne Atkinson, Merck, Sharp & Dohme; Dr Leo Ryan, Novartis; Dr Joe
Jolley Pfizer; Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, University of Strathclyde; and Dr
Eimear O'Brien, Pfizer.
The day's celebrations began with a Festschrift, where
academic colleagues from RCSI in Dublin and Bahrain,
along with colleagues from universities in Ireland, the UK,
Belgium, Hungary and the US honoured Professor Nolan's
enormous contribution to academia. Later in the afternoon,
staff from across all areas of the College attended a
celebration in the College's Boardroom, hosted by Professor
Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health
Sciences, RCSI.
Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO and Registrar of RCSI
commented: "It is a pleasure and a challenge to try to
summarise briefly Professor Kevin Nolan's contributions to
RCSI over the past 26 years. He is the ideal academic leader,
a true teacher and student advocate, committed to the
advancement of junior academic staff, an innovator in both
education and his field of medicinal chemistry and, finally, a
selfless team player for our College. I hope very much that
this is not goodbye, but marks a transition to another phase
in his life at RCSI."
Professor Nolan joined RCSI in 1987 as Head of the
Department of Chemistry and Physics which, following
re-structuring, became the Department of Pharmaceutical
and Medicinal Chemistry. From 1997 to 2002, he held
the position of Vice-Dean of RCSI's Medical Faculty, with
responsibility for research and was Chairman of RCSI's
Research Committee.
With the establishment of the School of Postgraduate
Studies, he was appointed Foundation Head of this
School, where his outstanding achievements included the
establishment of a structured PhD programme. He was
President of the Biological Society from 1998 to 1999 and
was Chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Ireland
Section, 2003-06. Professor Nolan has received a number of
teaching awards during his career including: RCSI Students'
Union Award for best Pre-clinical Teacher (1999); RCSI
President's Teaching Award (2012); and the NAIRTL National
Award for Excellence in Teaching 2012.
He is the author of more than 100 publications and, in
2004, he was awarded a DSc from the National University of
Ireland for research in Bio-inorganic Chemistry. In 2008, he
co-founded, and is current Chairman of, the Irish Institute
for Metal-based Drugs and was centrally involved in the
establishment of the UCD/RCSI/TCD Centre for Synthesis
and Chemical Biology in 2001.
Professor Nolan began his career with research and lecturing
positions at the University of Stirling, University College
London and the University of Surrey during the 1970s and
1980s.This early period in his career also included a year as
Visiting Professor in Chemistry at the University of California,
San Diego. As well as a DSc, he holds a BSc degree in
Chemistry and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from University
College Galway.
RCSI celebrates Professor Kevin Nolan's
outstanding contribution
Colleagues past and present came together on Friday, April 12, 2013 to mark
the retirement of Professor Kevin B. Nolan and to recognise his outstanding
contribution as Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal
Chemistry and Foundation Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies at RCSI
Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief Executive and Registrar, RCSI
presents a print of the College to Professor Kevin B. Nolan.