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Trinity College Strategic Plan 2009-2014

Trinity College Dublin (TCD), which has been in existence for more than 400 years, is recognized internationally as Ireland's premier university. Trinity has expanded over the centuries to become a modern university with some 15, 600 students and 3, 700 staff. It is now one of the great universities of the world, widely recognised for the high quality of its graduates , the international standing of its research and scholarship, and the value it places on contributing to Irish society and the wider world. These achievements are a source of pride for the College community, and play their part in what makes Ireland unique on the world stage.

Trinity has a great reputation throughout the world for the depth of its scholarship spanning many generations and disciplines, Trinity's academic staff continue this tradition with even greater force in the present generation. Research activities are diverse and spread across all disciplines. As part of this strategic planning exercise, a research matrix (326kb) encapsulating Trinity's research capability has been developed.

The research matrix depicts two dimensions to the research strategy:

1. The first recognizes research performed through Faculties, Schools, and Research Centres. This maintains a broad disciplinary base of research activity. The high standing of the College's scholarship derives from the originality of scholar-teachers supported through Centres, Schools, and Faculy structures.

2. The second dimension approaches research strategy from five priority research themes. These are;

  • Biosciences & Translational Research
  • Culture & Creative Arts
  • European & International Integration
  • Materials & Intelligent Design
  • Transport, Energy & Environment

From these priority research themes eight major research programmes are currently derived;

  • Ageing & Independent Living
  • Digital Arts & Humanities
  • Globalization
  • Immunology
  • Nanoscience
  • Neuroscience
  • Molecular Medicine/Cancer
  • Telecommunications

Ageing & Independent Living Research

This major research programme is a collaboration between principle investigators from several Schools and is associated with a significant and focused investment, and is earmarked for sustainability as part of the strategic plan. The vehicle for investment includes the Trinity Research Institutes, the highest level of research structure in the university, which operate on a cross faculty basis and will deliver international impact for research investments.

Trinity's Ageing research strategy aims to;

  • Address a global challenge that has meaning for society.
  • Attract and develop world class principle investigators
  • Diversify research funding sources
  • Strengthen Trinity research institutes and centres
  • Further promote research quality
  • Foster multi-disciplinary research consortia

Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN)

Neuroscience derives from parent disciplines ranging from psychology, physiology, and philosophy to biochemistry, psychiatry, brain imaging and genetics among others. Combining research strengths across disciplines and levels of analysis focused on fundamental research problems promises synergies unlikely to emerge from a single discipline. Through TCIN Trinity College has one of Europe's leading neuroscience institutes. The institutes serves some 42 academic and clinical-scientist Principle Investigators and their research groups (total personnel strength of about 250). The institutes possesses the most advanced research technologies available (including high-field MR systems, preclinical models, patient populations, biosamples, and genotyping). Personalised neurocare and neurotherapies are in prospect in the coming decades. TCIN will lead these developments through its combination of fundamental problem-oriented research and large-scale industrial and other collaborations.

Three pillars of research strength have been identified for strategic development in TCIN namely Neurodegeneration and Neuroprotection, Mechanisms of Neural Plasticity, and Neurogenetics and Neuropsychiatry. Under the umbrella of these research pillars, current research activites in TCIN are clustered into five thematic groupings.

Longitudinal Studies

One of the largest longitudinal cohort studies ever undertaken in this state is located in Trinity College; The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). In partnership with other institutions this study will improve our understanding of all aspects of the lives of adults over 50 years of age, and the factors that contribute to, or undermine, their health, wealth, and happiness. The findings will be used to inform the planning of better policies and services and to identify opportunities that will ensure that Ireland becomes the best place to grow old.

Worldwide Collaborations (151kb)

Trinity College Strategic Plan 2009-2014

 


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Last updated 14 June 2012

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