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Centre for Synthesis & Chemical Biology 

The Centre for Synthesis & Chemical Biology (CSCB) is a collaboration in the chemical sciences between University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The UCD centre forms part of the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research. The centre was established in December 2001 and officially opened by An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern TD on February 2, 2006. It currently accommodates over 45 principal investigators and their research groups.

Research Programme

Chemical biology incorporates research that provides an understanding of the chemical basis of biology; development and use of biological tools for chemistry; development and use of chemical tools for biology and medicine. Expertise within the centre encompasses these areas with a specific emphasis in bioactive molecule design and synthesis; synthetic and biosynthetic methodology development, analytical, computational, structural and supramolecular chemistry. Specific areas of interest within the centre include: carbohydrates, combinatorial chemistry, natural products, enzyme mechanisms, enzymes in synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, medicinal chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, drug delivery, sensors and imaging.

Within the spectrum of a 'molecules to medicine' approach to biomedical research, the design, synthesis and analysis of components is carried out by investigators within the CSCB. The biological testing is done in collaboration with colleagues within UCD Conway Institute, Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI) at both UCD and TCD, and the Biopharmaceutical Sciences Network (BSN) at the RCSI. External collaborations, both national and international, add value to the research effort at each level of the programme elements.

Contact Details

Professor Pat Guiry, Director
Centre for Synthesis & Chemical Biology,
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.
E: cscb@ucd.ie

Molecular medicine.jpgMolecular Medicine Ireland

Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI) is a not for profit company established by the National University of Ireland Galway, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and University College Dublin to coordinate their biomedical research and education activities. Building on the successes of the Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre in coordinating and developing the research and education mission of the three Dublin medical schools and their associated hospitals, MMI aims to accelerate the translation of advances in science into new drugs, devices and diagnostics that will improve the health of people in Ireland.

Research Programme

Through the combined strength of its partner institutions, Molecular Medicine Ireland will assist in achieving the goals of the Government’s Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation by creating greater coherence in medical research strategies, exploiting synergies in clinical and translational research in the member institutions and their associated hospitals and in training and retaining researchers of the highest quality.

Through the new Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme, MMI aims to ensure a research training experience of the highest quality. In leading on the development of a clinical research infrastructure in Ireland, MMI is also providing a means by which new knowledge from member institutions and from industry can be tested for its benefit to patients and if effective, translated into novel products that can bring economic benefit to Ireland.

Contact Details

Molecular Medicine Ireland
Newman House, 85a St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2
E:  info@MolecularMedicineIreland.ie

National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training

National Institute of Bioprocessing Research & trainingThe National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) is a world-class institute that provides training and research solutions for the bioprocessing industry in state of the art facilities. NIBRT is located in Dublin, Ireland and is based on an innovative collaboration between University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and Institute of Technology Sligo. 

Research Programme

NIBRT supports the bioprocessing industry by providing a unique learning experience for trainees in an environment that replicates the most modern industrial bioprocessing facility. In parallel, they also undertake leading edge research in key areas of bioprocessing in collaboration with industry.

Contact Details

National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training
Fosters Avenue, Mount Merrion,
Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
E: info@nibrt.ie

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