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Jan 10, 2018Prof Adrian Bracken has been awarded funds to research a rare form of childhood brain cancer

Worldwide Cancer Research and The Brain Tumour Charity announced funding of £218,000 for TCD Genetics Professor Adrian Bracken to study a rare but highly aggressive childhood brain cancer, DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).

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Sep 28, 2017Three new SFI-funded projects in Genetics

Nine research projects based in Trinity have secured over €14 million in funding from a €43 million investment from the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigators Programme. The investment, announced by the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan, will fund 26 research projects in 10 Irish institutions.

Three of these SFI-funded projects, led by Frank Wellmer, Adrian Bracken, Jane Farrar and Peter Humphries, will be based in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics.

Wellmer, whose project will be co-funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, will develop new strains of pest-resistant crops. This work will generate genetic variants of the brassica family of plants, which includes important species of cauliflower and oilseed rape. Variations will occur in the genes for “trichomes”, hair-like projections that can defend against insect pests, which may contribute to sustainable agriculture in the future.

Bracken’s group’s research interests include the molecular mechanisms involved in the development of cancer and identifying targets for next-generation therapies. Their project will test new drugs for one of these targets, a cancer gene called EZH2 and develop diagnostic tests which will enable doctors to use specialised therapies tailored to a patient’s genes.

Prof Jane Farrar and Prof Peter Humphries will collaborate on a project exploring new therapies for genetic eye disorders. Farrar’s research focuses on the genetic factors contributing to these hereditary diseases and therapies which arise from the suppression of these genes. Humphries’ research interests include the molecular and cellular basis of these diseases. This collaboration, drawing upon the skillsets of two leaders in genetic eye disease, will design therapies for eye disorders such as glaucoma and “age-related macular degeneration”.

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Feb 16, 2017How cancers trick the immune system into helping rather than harming them → see more
Feb 8, 2017The 'Goldilocks' genes that hold clues to a plethora of diseases → see more
Feb 2, 2017Geneticists pen new tales of human history with the ink of ancient DNA → see more
Nov 9, 2016 New genes from scratch - Trinity geneticist discusses the evolution of DNA → see more
Apr 7, 2016Prof David McConnell inaugurated as new Pro-Chancellor → see more
Dec 28, 2015Bradley group involved in sequencing the first ancient Irish human genome → see more
Nov 27, 2015Research in Adrian Bracken's lab identified a new target could help eliminating lurking cancer stem cells → see more

Bracken cancer study

Nov 01, 2015Members of the Genetics Department amongst winners of International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition → see more
Oct 08, 2015Members of Dan Bradley's lab were involved in the sequencing of a 4,500 year old Ethopian genome as part of an ancient African migration study → see more
Apr 25, 2015Members of the Genetics Department are involved in Trinity's entry to the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition → see more
Dec 5, 2014Seamus Martin, Smurfit Professor of Medical Genetics in Trinity College has been awarded the RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of programmed cell death, a process that underpins numerous aspects of human biology and which has significant implications for the treatment of major diseases, such as cancer, Parkinson's and autoimmunity → see more

Nov 14, 2014Martin Lab Shows How Gene Implicated in Parkinson's Disease Repairs and Replaces Nerve Cells → see more

Oct 30, 2014Research on ancient European genomes in Bradley group features in Irish Times → see more

ancient European genome research

Aug 22, 2014Mario Fares' group has discovered a missing link between gene duplication and biological innovation, which was published in Genome Research
Apr 11, 2014Pablo Labrador featured as SFI Research Showcase → see more
Mar 27, 2014Matthew Campbell is presented with the Science Foundation Ireland, President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA) at Áras an Uachtaráin by the President of Ireland → see more

Matthew Campbell receives PIYRA

Feb 20, 2014Work by Labrador Group Shows How Molecular Switches Coordinate the Nervous System → see more
Drosophila neuromuscular system
Drosophila neuromuscular system. Muscles in magenta, some motoneurons, in green, are programmed by the transcription factor Eve to move away from a midline chemotropic signal, Netrin, in blue.
Feb 11, 2014Frank Wellmer featured as SFI Research Showcase → see more
Dec 10, 2013Aoife McLysaght Featured in Royal Institution's Advent Calendar → see more
Dec 05, 2013Elliot Meyerowitz Receives Trinity College Dublin Dawson Prize in Genetics → see more

Elliot Meyerowitz

Nov 27, 2013Work by Mitchell Group Could Increase Understanding of ADHD → see more
Nov 18, 2013Congratulations to Lara Cassidy of the graduating Human Genetics class of 2013 for winning a Bram Stoker medal at the international Undergraduate Awards!
Dr Aoife McLysaght and Lara Cassidy at the Undergraduate Awards ceremony
Aoife McLysaght with Lara
  at the awards ceremony    

Lara was the overall winner in the Life Sciences category for her literature review "Syncytin Genes and the Evolutionary Invention of the Mammalian Placenta".
The award was judged by an international panel chaired by Dr Geoffrey Brown of the University of Birmingham. The judges' comments were overwhelmingly positive, and in particular they wrote "This essay could serve as the standard for everything that good scientific writing is about. ... It is well constructed and accessible to the non-expert reader; a detailed and thought-provoking review of a fascinating topic. An outstanding piece of scientific writing that would be worthy of publication in any of the best scientific journals."

Lara has recently started a Ph.D. in the Bradley Laboratory.

Sep 12, 2013Work by Wellmer Group Advances Understanding of Flower Development → see more
Aug 19, 2013Work by Ramaswami Group Sheds new Light on Origins and Causes of Motor Neurone Disease → see more
Aug 14, 2013Bracken Group Advances Understanding of the Childhood Cancer Neuroblastoma → see more
Jan 24, 2013Prof Pete Humphries Wins Prestigious ERC Award to Research Glaucoma Prevention → see more
Dec 05, 2012Bracken Group Achieves Breakthrough in the Understanding of Embryonic Stem Cells → see more
Dec 03, 2012Biocon Partners with Trinity College Dublin to Fund Scholarships in Genetics Research for Indian PhD students → see more
Aug 17, 2012Remaking history: A new take on how evolution has shaped modern Europeans → see more
Aug 10, 2012Wellmer Group Advances Understanding of How Flowers are Formed → see more
May 25, 2012Humphries Group Spearheads Groundbreaking Research into Treatment of Brain Swelling → see more
Mar 06, 2012Devine Group Discovers Global Strategies used by Bacteria to Adapt to Changing Environmental Conditions → see more
Feb 02, 2012Prof Dan Bradley Receives Prestigious European Research Council Grant to Build DNA Data Matrix of Ancient Domestic Animals → see more

Last updated 11 January 2018 gensec@tcd.ie (Email).