Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

RCSI-Ireland Funds of France-Servier Prize launched

04 January 2011

The Ireland Fund of France in conjunction with French pharmaceutical group L’ Institut Servier and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), has today announced the Call for nominations for the Dr. Jacques Servier Scholarship Prize 2010 of €10,000.

The awardee will have a track record of collaboration with French researchers, have the potential to use the Dr Jacques Servier Scholar Prize to further Ireland-France Biomedical research collaboration and an international reputation in an area of research relevant to The Servier Foundation e.g. Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Endocrine disorders in particular diabetes, Neurodegeneration and Molecular Medicine.

Named after Dr Jacques Servier, the founding President of the Servier Research Group, this scholarship aims to promote and encourage scientific exchange between the medical community, health care industry, universities and research organisations particularly in the field of therapeutic research. It also represents another initiative in furtherance of the Ireland Fund of France’s mission to enhance Franco-Irish relations.

Nomination Procedure for the Prize
Nominations may be made by email or in writing before January 31st 2011 to Dr Flaminia Malvezzi Campeggi, Research Office, RCSI, 121 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Nominations must be accompanied by a detailed CV of the nominee and a letter of recommendation from the sponsor outlining the case for the award to their nominee. Sponsors may be full-time members of staff in Higher Institutions, Learned Societies or Hospitals in Ireland or abroad. There is no specific form for nominations.

Selection of the Awardee will be made by a panel of experts from the Servier Foundation and RCSI. The Award will be made solely on criteria of research excellence and relevance to the General Conditions of the Prize.  The Award will be presented by Her Excellency Emmanuelle d’Achon, the French Ambassador to Ireland.

Anonymous and self-nominations are excluded.

L’Institut Servier
L’Institut Servier perpetuates the values of the Servier Research Group. These values, defined by its founder Dr Jacques Servier, are expressed in the ever-constant desire to promote research and medical knowledge in order to contribute to medical progress and therefore improve patient well-being.

As a means to this end, L’Institut Servier engages and promotes scientific exchange between the medical community, the health care industry, universities and research organizations. The vocation of L’Institut Servier does not involve the promotion of Servier products, including those in research or development phases.

Ireland Fund of France
Founded in Paris in 1990, and presided ever since by Pierre Joannon, a well known hibernophile who was awarded Irish citizenship by the State a few years ago, the Ireland Fund of France is the French branch of the Ireland Funds which are now the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland.  Together, the eleven Ireland Funds have raised over $160 million for worthy causes in Ireland.  Along with its contribution to peace, culture, charity and education, the Ireland Fund of France aims to achieve closer ties between our two countries in every possible field.  As far as its educational mission is concerned, the Ireland Fund of France has set up several scholarship programmes much appreciated by the academic community, the last of which is the Dr. Jacques Servier scholarship.