May 7, 2009
Inaugural NMR Meeting at UCD

The inaugural Irish NMR Meeting, organised by CSCB and UCD Conway fellow Dr Chandralal Hewage, took place on 7th May 2009 at the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. The aim of this meeting was to provide an opportunity for scientists working with NMR in Ireland to get together to discuss recent advances in the field of NMR technology. Biological NMR has played a major role at UCD for more than two decades and Structural Biology is now one of the main thematic research areas of the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science at UCD.

Dr Chandralal Hewage, Professor Paul Malthouse and Dr Lorraine Brennan from UCD and Dr Kenneth Mok (TCD), Dr Dermot Brougham (DCU) and Dr Peter Crowley (NUI Galway) presented their work at the meeting followed by lectures from the NMR manufacturers Varian, Bruker and Joel who were the commercial sponsors of the meeting. Invited speakers, Profs Goran Karlsson (Sweden), Jon Waltho (Sheffield) and Ernest Giralt (Spain) presented a wide range of recent and emerging topics in the use of NMR technology.

The highlight of the meeting was the key-note speech, “NMR and its Nobel Glory”, by Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Professor Dr Richard Ernst. In recognition of his work Professor Ernst was awarded the Ulysses Medal by the president of UCD, Dr Hugh Brady. The UCD Ulysses Medal is the highest academic honour that University College Dublin can bestow. It is awarded to individuals whose work has made an outstanding global contribution. Richard’s work has had a major impact on chemistry, biology and medicine and has enormous potential applications in biomolecular and biomedical research. Professor Frank Gannon (Science Foundation Ireland), Dr Ruth Barrington (Molecular Medicine Ireland) and Mr Enda Connolly (CEO Health Research Board) were among the other invited guests.

Photo: Dr Brady, Professor Ernst, Dr Hewage
President of UCD, Dr Hugh Brady (L) presenting the Ulysses medal to Professor Ernst. Dr Chandralal Hewage, meeting organiser, on right.

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