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UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research



UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research is a multidisciplinary centre for research funded by an initiative of the Irish Higher Education Authority; the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). The funding awards committed totalled €92 million; a large proportion of which was used to construct and equip a new research building that became operational in September 2003. UCD Conway Institute was named after the first professor of biochemistry & pharmacology in UCD, Professor Edward J. Conway FRS (1894-1968). 

Located on the 300-acre Belfield campus of University College Dublin (UCD), the largest university in Ireland, UCD Conway Institute brings together over 550 research staff from all over the University and its associated teaching hospitals. UCD Conway Institute is currently under the directorship of Professor William Gallagher. ‌In September 2013, UCD Conway Institute celebrated a decade of research excellence with the launch of Igniting Discovery; a retrospective of research and innovation achievements by Conway scientists.


UCD Conway Institute is an interdisciplinary research centre exploring fundamental mechanisms of chronic disease for novel diagnostic & therapeutic solutions.


UCD Conway Institute will be a global leader in biomedical research and through partnership will translate this knowledge to benefit patients.

Research Programmes

At UCD Conway, our research focuses on the molecular pathogenic mechanisms that underlie major chronic diseases: diabetes, vascular diseases, cancer and neurodegeneration. Our approach addresses important biomedical questions combining human potential and innovative technologies to develop creative solutions for exploring, understanding, and developing new treatments for human diseases. Through interdisciplinary programmes in the areas below, the close collaboration of scientists with clinicians and industry partners underpins the translational nature of our research.

  1. Diabetes & vascular biology
  2. Cancer
  3. Infection, inflammation & repair
  4. Neuroscience
  5. Systems biology
  6. Translational medicine 
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