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 Lorraine O'Driscoll

H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network TBSI's Lorraine O'Driscoll has been awarded almost 4 million euro Horizon 2020 funding for a programme entitled "Training in Extracellular vesicles for benefit in Health and Disease". The Programme will train 15 PhD students over its 4-year lifetime and will work on establishing standards and best practice for exosomes and other extracellular vesicles (EVs) research. TCD Press

 Martin Caffrey   Kingston Mills  Andrew Bowie Congratulations to TBSI's Martin Caffrey, Kingston Mills, Andrew Bowie on their success as Minister John Halligan announces research investment of 43 million euro through SFI Investigators Programme SFI news

 Andrew Bowie  Professor Andrew Bowie (School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, TCD) is the 2017 recipient of the ISI Public Lecture Award, which will be hosted on 27th April in association with the Irish Times. A public lecture will take place in the Tercentenary Hall, Floor 2, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. at 7.00 pm on Thursday, 27th April 2017. (Doors will open for the event from 6.30pm and no pre-booking of tickets is required) This lecture will also mark part of the ISI's contribution to the European Day of Immunology 2017 Bio .pdf 371.kb

 Grainne Cunniffe   Minister Mitchell O'Connor announces 4.6 million euro SFI investment to support 37 research commercialisation project. Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, with Dr Gráinne Cunniffe, Research Fellow with TBSI's Centre for Bioengineering, who is one of the TIDA Awards recipients, working on adding biological function to 3D printed bones, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD and Ann Riordan, Chairperson of the Board of SF. Other TBSI award recipients were Prof. Isabel Rozas, Dr. Emma Creagh, Prof. Andrew Bowie and Dr. Nigel Stevenson

 TRACT logo   TRAining in Cancer mechanisms and Therapeutics (TRACT) Congratulations to TBSI's Dr Daniela Zisterer (project coordinator) and colleagues in the School of Biochemistry & Immunology and School of Dental Science who, along with European partners Queen's University Belfast, University of Siena, University of Valencia and OROBOROS INSTRUMENTS, have been awarded 2.9 million for research into oral and oesophageal cancer. This project, entitled "TRAining in Cancer mechanisms & Therapeutics" (TRACT), has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research & innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 721906.

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 TCAT logo   Wellcome – Health Research Board Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme. ICAT is an exciting new all Ireland clinician PhD programme funded by Wellcome and the Health Research Board, HSE-NDTP; HSC R&D Division; and six Universities; TCD, UCD, NUIG, QUB, RCSI and UCC. The programme is coordinated by Molecular Medicine Ireland. Integrated with postgraduate medical training, ICAT will support 4 years of academic training at the beginning of higher specialist training (HST) or equivalent, with clinical and academic mentoring until completion of PhD and CCST/CCT. ICAT now seeks to appoint the first cohort of 8 well qualified and ambitious medical graduates who aspire to become the next generation of clinical academic leaders. Web link for further details Advert poster pdf 740kb

 collaboration   New Company: Inflazome to tackle chronic inflammatory diseases. The intellectual property is based on the Science Foundation Ireland-funded research. Luke O’Neill and his team initially discovered that a known molecule seemed to suppress the target inflammasome. In collaboration with Professor Cooper, the team developed and subsequently patented new therapeutic inhibitor compounds based on this molecule. These compounds are now being developed by Inflazome and hopes are high that they might be useful new treatments for a range of inflammatory diseases. TCD Press Office report   read the Irish Times Tue, Sep 13, 2016 Business Section

 SFI  Congratulations to TBSI PIs who secured prestigious SFI awards

 Wellcome Award Winners 2016  Wellcome Image Awards 2016 - The winning images have arrived in TBSI. These wonderful images can been seen in the Lobby. These images were on display to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of TBSI's opening. Details here

Luke O'Neill TBSI'S Luke O’Neill, is one of five academics worldwide to join a new immunology research collaboration programme operated by the global healthcare company, GSK. The Immunology Network hosts global experts to set up research labs called ‘the Immunology Catalyst’. Details here

Luke O'Neill Congratulations to Professor Luke O’Neill who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, where scientists are elected to the Fellowship by their peers as recognised leaders who have advanced their fields through their ground breaking work. Prof O’Neill has made many contributions to improved knowledge of how the human body works including metabolism, the immune system and cell signalling. He is Professor of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology in Trinity College Dublin and is a leading researcher in the school and in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), where he was the first Academic Director.

Padraic Fallon In TBSI on 13th April, Minister English announced the recipients of the 2016 SFI-Pfizer Biotherapeutics Innovation Award programme. The collaboration between SFI and Pfizer provides qualified academic researchers with an opportunity to deliver important potential discoveries in the areas of immunology, oncology, cardiovascular and rare diseases. TBSI's Padraic Fallon, one of the 2015 grant recipients, spoke at the event of the positive experiences he and his team have had during the project to date, which have been not only at the research level but also the cultural level, where his research group have adopted organisational practices used by Pfizer. Professor Fallon said that the latter has been an unexpected and welcome benefit from the collaboration.

Luke O'Neill Congratulations to Luke O'Neill who has secured a €2 million Investigator Award announced through the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust partnership to investigate totally new theories about how certain cells behave and cause inflammation in the hope of finding new therapies.

Kingston Mills Congratulations to TBSI's Kingston Mills and Luke O'Neill who have been awarded €2.5million to work on biomarkers and drug targets for autoimmune and other immune-mediated diseases. Professor Mills (pictured) will lead the project. This funding has been provided by SFI and international biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie.


Discover Research Dublin 25th September 2015: Discover Research Dublin, hosted by TBSI was a huge success, list of events press release

post doc day Post Doc Day 2015. Congratulations to Prize Winners: Dr. Conor Finlay, Dr. Gareth Brady, (centre) pictured here with Committee members, Dr. Michael Carty and Dr. Mark Robinson, also in photograph is Academic Director TBSI, Prof Orla Hardiman and Prof Frank Barry, Scientific Director of Remedi.

2015 TBSI Postdoctoral Research Day was held on Wednesday the 24th of June in the TBSI Building. Thirty six abstracts were received spanning the breadth of research endeavour within TBSI. This included abstracts from postdocs in the School of Medicine, the School of Chemistry, the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, and the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering. More photographs of the event in our Gallery

naphthalimides ‘Synthesis, crystal structure and EPR spectroscopic analysis of novel copper complexes formed from N-pyridyl-4-nitro-1,8-naphthalimide ligands’ Dalton Trans., 2014,43, 6468-6479, DOI: 10.1039/C3DT53323A) was one of the top 20 most accessed Dalton Transactions articles from the 1900+ articles published in 2014.

bone image Congratulations to TBSI’s Danny Kelly and Mark Ahearne (Bioengineering) on being awarded ERC grants worth €3.5 million. The ERC forms part of the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020.


Thorri Congratulations to TBSI's Professor Thorfinnur (Thorri) Gunnlaugsson who has been awarded the ‘Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Annual Award for Chemistry’ for 2014.

Nature Award Congratulations Cliona O'Farrelly Professor of Comparative Immunology at at TBSI who has won a 2014 Nature Award for Mentoring in Science at Science Foundation Ireland’s 2014 Summit.

Bronze Medal Congratulations to Luke O'Neill

Discover Research Discover Research Night - September 26th

Dean of Research and Minister Paul Kehoe

Minister Paul Kehoe TD, Government Chief Whip & Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach & Defence opens TBSI Super Resolution Microscopy Suite. Confocal microscopes help researchers study cells and materials at cellular and molecular level. pic Minister Paul Kehoe with Dean of Research, Professor Vinny Cahill. Press release

International Conference Highlights Cutting Edge Research to Help People Survive Cancer in the 21st Century

Press release Programme pdf 3.36 MB

First joint yearly conference of TBSI and the Weizmann Institute of Science

took place in Dublin, July 27-29. Seven keynote speakers, including five Nobel Laureates (James Watson, Aaron Ciechanover, Bruce Beutler, Ada Yonath and Jules Hoffmann) and many colleagues in TBSI presented. The speakers presented cutting edge progress in the study of mechanisms of inflammation and cancer in the two institutes and the applications of such advances to new ways of therapy. Keynote speakers The Programme Cutting Edge Research Irish Times Magazine PDF 8.48MB Irish Times 29 July

Congratulations Luke O'Neill as Trinity Scientists Chosen for Thompson Reuters 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds List

Progress Report on Ireland's premier Biomedical Sciences research laboratories 2014 pdf 2.21 MB

Newstalk: Tune in to Pat Kenny's Science Slot with Luke O'Neill every Wednesday Pat Kenny Show

TBSI Annual Symposium reflects environment where innovative and interdisciplinary approaches are leading to scientific discoveries of biomedical importance. event details

Congratulations to Kingston Mills and his Lab! not only did Kingston Mills scoop the award ‘Scientist of the Year’ at the Irish Laboratory Awards but his lab won three awards: Best Bioscience lab, Best Research Lab and the overall award of ‘Lab of the year’

NCRC and Trinity Join Forces to Investigate Inflammatory Diseases in Children


Huge success! Discover Research Night, held on 27th September 2013. The event was part of an EU initiative (held Concurrently in 300 cities across Europe). Members of the public were welcomed to TBSI to get a taste of what goes on behind the scenes. Snapchat

The increased incidence of whooping cough will be the focus of the 10th International Symposium on Bordetella, TBSI, 8th-11th September, 2013. (details) (Programme)

Scientists discover new routes for immune cells to tackle infections of the gut (study led by Dr. Saurabh Mehandru (MSSM) and Dr. Ed Lavelle (TBSI),publication - The Journal of Experimental Medicine)

TBSI hosted the 49th Annual meeting of the Irish Neurological Association (INA)

Dr. James Watson (Double Helix, 1953) visits TBSI continue reading

Researchers in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, TBSI, secured €3.8 million funding for a prestigious Marie Curie PhD training network project, ‘Training in neurodegeneration, therapeutics intervention and neurorepair’ (TINTIN)

The Annual Symposium of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute: Metabolism & Metabolic Diseases incorporating the Second National NMR Meeting took place on 15th/16th April 2013 (Symposium group photograph) group of speakers (Launch of the NMR facility) group photograph

Kingston Mills, Public Lecture 27th February 2013: Vaccines – not just for infection How we can target the immune system to control cancer, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases

Vaccines that prevent life-treating infectious diseases caused by bacteria and viruses have been the most successful medical interventions for enhancing human health. The concept of using a vaccine to mobilize the immune system to prevent infection with microbes is now being translated to the enhancement of immune responses to eliminate the tumour cells that cause cancer or to clear the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Conversely vaccines that promote immune regulation and thereby turn off damaging immune responses are being developed for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis and multiple sclerosis.


“This is an important step towards the integration of different disciplines that increasingly share common goals,”
20th December 2012

Gold Medal for Luke O'Neill

Congratulations to Luke O'Neill who won a Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal 2012 award today
30th November 2012

(Biomedical Frontiers)

Why stem cells?, Public lecture by Dr Gavin Davey of the School of Biochemistry & Immunology,TBSI, Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday November 21st 2012 at 6:30pm in the Stanley Quek Theatre
21st November 2012

(US Delegation)

Watch... In conversation with Jones and Balderston (INTERVIEW)

Visit by representatives of the US State Department and members of a business delegation. Tercentenary Hall event at 17:00 focussed on ‘How Innovation and Science Policy Can Inspire Entrepreneurship to Solve Real World Problems’, followed by a networking event at 18:00.
14th November 2012

(Public Debate)

Public Debate by Staff and Students of Trinity College Dublin, ably adjudicated by Professor Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, Blackboard Monitor. Please note...first come, first seated
12th November 2012

Appointment of Three Nobel Laureates as Honorary Professors

The new Honorary Professors are Jules Hoffmann, Bruce Beutler and Peter Doherty
18 October 2012

Nobel Laureate Immunologists Address Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute Symposium

Professors Peter Doherty and Jules Hoffmann, spoke at a special symposium on Immunology in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.
10th July 2012

Dublin City of Science 2012

Dublin has been chosen to host Europe's largest science conference, ESOF 2012 (Euroscience Open Forum), from 11-15 July, 2012.
11th - 15th July 2012

TBSI - Mini Symposium

Speakers include Jules Hoffmann, Peter Doherty, Michael Lenardo, Doreen Cantrell, Padraic Fallon.
10th July 2012

Dr. Silvia Giordani

Trinity College Dublin scientist and research lecturer in Chemistry, Dr Silvia Giordani has been awarded one of four prestigious 2012 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women in Science Fellowships (FWIS) for her research on a new avenue towards ‘smart’ medicines. 29th June 2012

Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn

"From Matter to Life: Chemistry? Chemistry!" - Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn - 1987 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
3rd July 2012

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