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Servier Award for Medical Research Awarded to Professor Dermot Kenny

21 April 2009

The Ireland Fund of France in conjunction with the French pharmaceutical group, L’Institut Servier and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have awarded the Servier Scholarship Prize of €10,000 to Professor Dermot Kenny from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics (MCT) and Director of the Clinical Research Centre at RCSI and Beaumont Hospital . The event was presided over by His Excellency Mr. Yvon d’Albert Roé, French Ambassador to Ireland at the French Embassy today.  

Named after Dr Jacques Servier, the founding President of the Servier Research Group, the Servier Award is a scholarship which promotes and encourage scientific exchange between the medical community, healthcare industry, universities and research organisations particularly in the field of therapeutic research.

Pictured from (l-r) are Mr Pierre Joannon, President d'Honneur, Ireland Fund of France; His Excellency Mr Yvon d'Albert Roé, French Ambassador to Ireland; Prof Dermot Kenny, Servier Award Winner; Professor Brian Harvey, Director of Research at RCSI and Mr Christian Bazantay, Secretary General Of The Servier Group

Professor Kenny received his award for his contribution and success in supporting research collaborations with France in the area of platelet adhesion and for his work into the rare congenital bleeding disorder Bernard-Soulier syndrome. As part of his research into platelet adhesion, Professor Kenny has worked closely with Dr Patrick Chang of the French National Science Research Council (CNRS) in Villefranche-sur-mer. This collaborative research examines platelets and how they affect the process of blood clotting.

Professor Kenny has also collaborated with world renowned expert in platelets, Dr. Alan Nurden of the CNRS in Bordeaux into research on Bernard-Soulier Syndrome. This very rare severe bleeding disorder occurs when the blood platelets fail to correctly clot and in severe cases, it can result in a person bleeding to death. Professor Kenny has been responsible for the establishment of an international registry to characterize and assist patients with the disease.

Pictured from (l-r) areProfessor Brian Harvey, Director of Research at RCSI, Mr Michael Horgan, CEO of RCSI; Prof Dermot Kenny, Servier Award Winner; Dr. Terry McWade, Deputy CEO of RCSI and Dr John Donohoe, President RCPI

Mr. Christian Bazantay, Secretary General of the Servier Group who presented the award, said “We are delighted to recognise Professor Kenny for his contribution to the scientific and medical community both here in Ireland and in France. His research projects and collaboration with the CNRS make him a worthy recipient of the award.”

Mr. Pierre Joannon, President d’Honneur of the Ireland Fund of France said “Now in its fourth year, the Servier Award represents another initiative in furtherance of the Ireland Fund of France’s mission to enhance Franco-Irish relations. I would like to congratulate Professor Kenny on receiving this award, and for the tremendous efforts and success that he has had in his field of research.”

Pictured from l to r are Prof Dermot Kenny, Servier Award Winner and Professor Brian Harvey, Director of Research at RCSI .

Professor Brian Harvey, Director of Research at RCSI said “This award not only recognises an individual’s achievements in research and science, but also the importance of collaboration and sharing of knowledge and expertise between Ireland and France. I am delighted that Professor Kenny and his long-term collaboration with his French colleagues has been recognised in this way.”