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Teaching and Outreach

Academic Immunology – graduate and undergraduate

  • 1983-85 TCD: designed, taught and assessed the first immunology course in Ireland (delivered to Med Lab Technologists, DIT Kevin St.)
  • 1987-1990 Harvard University: designed, taught and assessed the only immunology course (Bio169) offered to Harvard undergraduates – taken by 60-70 students per year
  • 1993-2007 SVUH/UCD: designed, taught and assessed first module in immunology offered to PhD students in Ireland
  • 2007 TCD: module transferred to TCD; first taken by pharmaceutical industry (Elan)
  • 2011 TCD: designed and set up MSc in Immunology;
    ‘Immunotherapeutics’ module particularly novel and successful - to be expanded into ‘MSc in Molecular Therapeutics’
  • 2016 TCD: currently designing online module in Cancer Immunology for oncology health care workers

Since 1992: supervised 34 PhDs, 7 MDs and 5 MCh degrees PhDs include veterinary surgeon, clinicians and scientists

Nature Mentoring Award 2014

Patient understanding of the science of their disease

Pharmaceutical Industry

  • 2007 Immunology module designed and delivered to Elan
  • 2014 Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association
  • 2015: AstraZeneca - Immunoncology
  • 2016: online immunology modules with BioCon: in development
  • 2016 invited speaker: 3rd Annual Peptide Conference

Public Understanding of Science

Young People & Science

  • 2007: designed and established Biochemistry & Immunology TY Programme for Transition Year students (14-16 year olds); delivered twice a year to 25 students selected from schools around the country to come to TBSI for a week.
    The Comparative Immunology Lab regularly hosts TY students on work experience as part of this programme.
  • regularly visit primary and secondary schools in Wexford, Limerick and Dublin
  • 2012: RDS Science Live Demonstration Lecture Series Award co-winner (lead PI Rachel McLoughlin) ‘Immune Wars: Bugs and Beyond (for primary school students 10-12 years of age)
  • 2013: designed and delivered summer workshop ‘Epidemic - Going Viral’ for 14-16 year olds as part of HRB funded KEDs programme
  • 2018: designed work shop material to explain Cancer Immunotherapy to young people as part of a HRB funded KEDS programme
    Immunotherapy Narrative Script
    Cancer Immunotherapy
  • 2012 - current: COF actively supports the Fetac Level 5 Pre-University Science Course offered by Killester College of Further Education. This course is designed to prepare students for entry into a first year of a degree course in science or a science-related field in a Higher Education Institution. The course is designed in particular for students who may not have studied science previously and has a large emphasis on both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary in Science. Each year The Comparative Immunology Lab provides work experience placements to students undertaking this course.