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TOPMed10 - Training future leaders in personalised medicine

Monday, 28 September, 2015 


Pictured l-r: Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice President of Research, Innovation & Impact and Professor Walter Kolch, Director, UCD Conway Institute & Systems Biology Ireland.?

Pictured l-r: Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice President of Research, Innovation & Impact and Professor Walter Kolch, Director, UCD Conway Institute & Systems Biology Ireland.?

Institute Director, Professor Walter Kolch will lead an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND international training and career development fellowship programme in personalised medicine, TOPMed10. The €2.1M award, cofunded by the EU, enables University College Dublin (UCD) to train and develop a new generation of scientists and clinicians with the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to become leaders in this burgeoning area.

Personalised medicine is now coming into reach because of advances in high throughput ‘-omics’ technologies and emerging disciplines such as computational modelling, molecular bioinformatics, biostatistics, statistical genetics and clinical informatics; areas in which UCD has developed an international reputation.

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice President of Research, Innovation & Impact announced the launch of the TOPMed10 programme to offer 10 prestigious fellowships to experienced researchers at the awards ceremony of the 2015 UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation on Thursday, 10 September.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Feely said;

“Given our growing reputation in these emerging disciplines, UCD is ideally positioned to put in place a programme that can act as a blueprint for what biomedical training can look like in future. I am delighted at the potential of this programme to enable new collaborations and seed new projects in personalised medicine and ultimately shape future leaders in this frontier research initiative.

Professor Kolch and senior scientists from across UCD Conway and Charles Institutes, Systems Biology Ireland, the UCD Clinical Research Centre and affiliated teaching hospitals will work with successful applicants to develop new research projects in personalised medicine.  

Professor Kolch, Director, UCD Conway Institute & Systems Biology Ireland said;

“We look forward to welcoming our ten TOPMed10 Fellows to UCD over the coming years – through the programme, we will give them the opportunity to work with our world class researchers and facilities, and we will equip them with the necessary tools to forge successful careers in the area of personalised medicine.”

Call 1

Launch: 1 October 2015
Submission deadline: 11 January 2016
Expected start date: April-July 2016.

Contact

E: william.fitzmaurice@ucd.ie
W: www.ucd.ie/topmed10
T: +353 1 716 6308