Prof Martin Steinhoff has been awarded one of three 2016 SFI-Pfizer Biotherapeutics Innovation Awards with two UCD alumni also among the other recipients. This prestigious funding award provides qualified academic researchers with an opportunity to deliver important potential discoveries for patients of unmet needs in the areas of immunology, oncology, cardiovascular and rare diseases.
An international collaborative study, led by Dr Fiona McGillicuddy identified specific inflammatory proteins that could be used as novel biomarkers to flag patients who have difficulties with eliminating cholesterol from the body. The research and an accompanying editorial has been published recently in Circulation, a jounal with the highest impact journal in the cardiovascular field.
Prof Des Higgins is to receive the Kimura Motoo award in recognition of his significant contributions to the advancement of evolutionary biology, and to the field of molecular phylogeny specifically. The Kimura Motoo award acknowledges the most outstanding scientist worldwide from each of four research fields of evolutionary biology; population genetics, molecular phylogeny, molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics, and human evolution.