“Scientists from the School of Dental Science (Dr Jeff O’Sullivan) and the School of Biochemistry & Immunology have been awarded a prestigious Horizon 2020 grant from the European Research Council to train upcoming researchers in the latest developments in the fight against oral and oesophageal cancer (OOC). The award of €2.9 million will allow the Training in Cancer Mechanisms & Therapeutics (TRACT) research programme to carry out high-quality research in three interconnected thematic areas (Biomarker Discovery, Molecular Resistance Mechanisms and Metabolic Transformation Mechanisms) in order to address current diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic clinical needs in OOC.
TRACT will provide young researchers with exposure to a collaborative network of outstanding European academic and industrial experts working in the complementary domains of cancer metabolism, metabolomics, high-resolution imaging, bioinformatics, biomarker identification, computational modelling, medicinal chemistry, target validation, drug
development and translational medicine. With opportunities to undertake research in Dublin, Valencia, Siena, Innsbruck and Belfast this award will be the first multidisciplinary doctoral training programmes to focus on OOC and will build on the growing reputation for high level oral cancer research already ongoing within the School of Dental Science and the DDUH.”