UCD Centre for Arthritis Research

UCD Centre for Arthritis Research (UCD- CAR)

The centre is based at UCD Conway Institute and consists of researchers in UCD and St Vincent’s and Mater University Hospitals.  Our interdisciplinary research covers proteomics, computational biology, genetics, stratified medicines, sports and exercise, immunology/mechanisms of disease and animal models of RA.

Our centre has proven highly successful in developing translational experimental approaches including training and performance of mini-arthroscopy and tissue biopsy. The programme based across the UCD Clinical Research Centre, provides whole tissue biopsy explant cultures for research that is an entirely unique resource. Our teams’ ability to perform this research has led to both academic and industry collaborations attracting significant non-exchequer funding from both the EU and the US.

The expertise for this highly developed research programme has led to novel translational research outputs including presentations at the highest quality international research meetings and publication in high impact factor peer-review journals.

Staff

Rheumatology Research Group, UCD 

Prof  Gerry Wilson                                                    
Professor of Rheumatology,Consultant Rheumatologist        

 

Emma Dorris 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow                   

 

Education and Research Centre, SVUH 

Prof Doug Veale 
Professor of Rheumatology,Consultant Rheumatologist       

 

Dr Eamonn Molloy
Consultant Rheumatologist                     

 

Biomedical Proteomics Group 

Prof Steve Pennington                                                    
Professor of Proteomics

 

Other Affliated Staff

Dr. Geraldine McCarthy                                                   
Consultant Rheumatologist 

 

Dr. Anne Barbara Mongey
Consultant Rheumatologist 

Dr. Suzanne Donnelly
Director of Medical Education/Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr. Conor McCarthy 
Consultant Rheumatologist

Oliver Fitzgerald 
Newman Clinical Professor/Consultant Rheumatologist

 

 

UCD-TCD Monthly Rheumatology Research Meetings

The Centre for Arthritis Research holds monthly rheumatology research meetings alternately at UCD Conway Institute and TCD Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.

The meetings take place on the third Friday of each month and cover the latest research for a clinical and scientific audience, and they feature guest speakers from universities across Ireland and Europe.

Please email rheumatology@ucd.ie to be added to the meeting mailing list.

Arthritis Research Coalition Biobank

The primary aim of the Arthritis Research Coalition Biobank is to recruit patients with common rheumatic diseases and obtain biosamples that will underpin clinical research. 

A secondary aim is to increase national involvement in clinical trials of novel therapeutic agents.

Arthritis Research Coalition

Ongoing Projects

For Students, "We believe in sharing our knowledge and expertise with new and aspiring researchers. We have hosted-transition year, undergraduate and medical students and junior clinicians from Ireland and overseas for placements in our laboratories or onsite with our partner hospitals. To apply for a research or clinical placement, email rheumatology@ucd.ie.  As demand is high, we cannot accommodate every placement request but every application will be considered on its merits"

We believe in sharing our knowledge and expertise with new and aspiring researchers. We have hosted-transition year, undergraduate and medical students and junior clinicians from Ireland and overseas for placements in our laboratories or onsite with our partner hospitals.

To apply for a research or clinical placement, email rheumatology@ucd.ie.  As demand is high, we cannot accommodate every placement request but every application will be considered on its merits. The links at the bottom of this page have a selection of the projects undertaken by our student researchers.  

The experience of one of our visiting students on the Erasmus programme

"I arrived in January 2018 and met my supervisor, Dr Emma Dorris. She introduced me to the research team and around the Conway Institute. The group are friendly and welcoming, and I felt immediately accepted. I followed a project entitled: ‘Investigating protein localisation of C5orf30’ and my supervisor taught me many methods, including: DNA extraction, quantitation and storage; DNA genotyping; protein extraction, quantitation, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, Western transfer and immunoblotting. After this experience I have a lot more confidence in the lab. I participated in lab meetings and, and if I had a problem there was always a person to help me. My Erasmus traineeship was only three months, but I would stay more months because I had such a great time. Erasmus is a life-changing experience. Thank you so much to Prof Wilson and his group."

Read about placement projects completed by CAR students: