Nine New Personalised Medicine Research Fellows Announced at University College Dublin

-   Announcement made at inaugural personalised medicine showcase

University College Dublin (UCD) has hosted its inaugural Personalised Medicine Showcase, celebrating the University’s strength across the biomedical sciences.

At the showcase, held in the UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology, nine (9) new TOPMed10 Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Fellows were announced. The research fellows will be working at UCD on range of translational research projects in areas including; nutrition, oncology, rheumatology, HIV and skin disease, and will be incorporating novel approaches such as, systems biology, bioinformatics and computational modelling.

TopMed10 Fellows
Pictured (l-r) at Universirty College are;  Dr Willard Tinago, Dr Sarinj Fattah, Dr Husvinee Sundaramurthi, Dr Cheree Fitzgibbon, Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact), Professor Walter Kolch, Director, Systems Biology Ireland and co-ordinator, UCD TOPMed, Dr Ariane Watson, Dr Mamoonah Chaudhry, Dr Caoileann Murphy, Dr Solene Gatault and Dr Dina Danso-Abeam.

Two of the most significant challenges in realising Personalised Medicine are a lack of communication and sharing of information between disciplines and sectors at the early stage of biomedical discovery and development, and the critical shortage of skilled researchers and clinicians who are trained to work across these different disciplines and sectors.

The €2.1 million UCD TOPMed10 Marie Sk?odowska-Curie COFUND programme is a direct response to these challenges, and is providing training and career development to 9 leading young international scientists.

Working across four UCD Schools, two university hospitals and three biomedical research centres, the TOPMed10 fellows will be developing critical skills in an interdisciplinary and an intersectoral environment.

The programme is supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, UCD, Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, ViiV Healthcare and Fighting Blindness charity.

The 9 experienced international researchers, from nine countries and four continents, supported through the programme are; Dr Cheree Fitzgibbon, Dr Solène Gatault, Dr Sarinj Fattah, Dr Willard Tinago, Dr Dina Danso-Abeam, Dr Caoileann Murphy, Dr Ariane Watson, Dr Husvinee Sundaramurthi and Dr Mamoonah Chaudhry.

Professor Walter Kolch, Director of Systems Biology Ireland, and co-ordinator of the UCD TOPMed10 programme said, “We are delighted to welcome our nine new Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Fellows as they begin their careers in UCD. These excellent early career researchers will help us to expand our activities in Personalised Medicine and we will provide them with a supportive working environment in which to develop their skills.”

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research Impact and Innovation said, “UCD researchers are at the forefront of the drive towards Personalised Medicine, with three highly active and successful biomedical research and training institutes, Systems Biology Ireland; UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research and UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology.”

“Underpinned by the activities of UCD Clinical Research Centre, as well as Schools from across the Colleges of Science and Health and Agricultural Sciences and our affiliated university hospitals, they form a key element of UCD’s strategic planning in establishing a strong translational research strand that leverages UCD’s strengths in systems biology, computing, bioinformatics, biomedical and clinical research.”

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9 June 2017

For further information contact Micéal Whelan, University College Dublin, Communications Manager (Innovation), e: miceal.whelan@ucd.ie, t: + 353 1 716 3712  or Will Fitzmaurice, Programme Manager, Systems Biology Ireland, t: +353 +1 716 6708, e: william.fitzmaurice@ucd.ie.

Editors Notes

The UCD TOPMed10, Marie Sk?odowska-Curie COFUND Action, is a new International Training and Career Development Fellowship Programme at University College Dublin (UCD). The Programme offers prestigious Personalised Medicine Fellowships to experienced researchers. The €2.1 million programme is cofunded by EU Horizon 2020, UCD, Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, ViiV Healthcare and Fighting Blindness charity.

 All Fellowships are based in UCD with an optional secondment at a partner organisation in academia or industry. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary training and career support, TOPMed10 aims to serve as a blueprint for what biomedical training can look like in the future.  http://www.ucd.ie/topmed10/

Established in 1854, University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest university with over 30,000 students from some 120 countries worldwide. Founded on the educational principles of its first Rector, John Henry Newman, the university seeks to contribute to the economy and society through the excellence and impact of its research, innovation and scholarship, the quality of its graduates and through its engagement nationally and internationally. www.ucd.ie

The Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions, named after the double Nobel Prize winning Polish-French scientist famed for her work on radioactivity, support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to 'blue-sky' science, are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support industrial doctorates, combining academic research study with work in companies, and other innovative training that enhances employability and career development. In addition to generous research funding, scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers. Internationally respected in industry and academia, a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Fellowship is a recognised mark of research excellence. https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/marie-sklodowska-curie-actions

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