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Translational Medicine Alliance Ireland - Launch 2023

Translational Medicine Alliance Ireland - Launch 2023

1st Dec. 2023 (9am - 3.30pm)

Durkan Lecture Theatre, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James's Hospital


Translational Medicine Alliance Ireland (TMAI) is a new initiative organised as a decentralised collaborative network of 10 Irish Universities with specialised centres in the fields of advanced therapy medicinal products, biomarkers, imaging and tracing, small molecules and vaccines. The establishment of TMAI will catalyse the development of productive translational research collaborations under one umbrella to maximise the exploitation of complementary strengths and drive clinical innovations. A major focus of TMAI is to enhance participation for researchers, clinicians and industry in EU funding initiatives by formally linking with EATRIS, which is the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) for translational medicine. EATRIS offers a broad range of research services for both academia and industry through its 144+ top-tier academic centres across Europe, facilitating academic collaborations with industry and forming consortia to target EU funding opportunities amongst its many other training services and supports.


Programme: Friday 1st December 2023 (9am -3.30pm), Durkan Lecture Theatre, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute.
08.55 INAUGURAL SESSION Prof. Aideen Long
Director of Trinity Translational Medicine Institute
'Advancing Translational Medicine through the Translational Medicine Alliance Ireland network'

09.20   Dr. Donald Lo,
Director of Medicines Development, European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine (EATRIS)
'International team science for more effective translation of research into new and repurposed medicines'
Dr. Martin de Kort ,
Senior Programme Manager, European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine (EATRIS)
'Co-building the future translational medicine ecosystem'


Ms. Frances Fitzgerald
Member of the European Parliament
'Opening Remarks'

10.10 SESSION 1

Chair(s): Dr. Mary Deasy, Manager of the Centre of Applied Science for Health and Head of Research for TU Dublin, Tallaght; and Dr. Tony Mc Elligott, Asst. Prof. in Molecular Haematology, Haematology, TCD.

Prof. Jacqueline James,
Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, QUB
'The Northern Ireland Biobank: Supporting innovation in cancer research'

10.35 BREAK  

Prof. Rose Galvin,
Professor of Physiotherapy, UL
'OPTIMEND: An interdisciplinary randomised controlled trial to address real world challenges faced by older adults attending the Emergency Department'



Prof. Mark Lawler,
Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Digital Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, QUB
'Translational Medicine focusing on Cancer - it’s all about the data'


Dr. Aideen Ryan,
Associate Professor in Tumour Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Galway
'Cell Therapy Expertise at the University of Galway''


Prof. Patricia Maguire ,
Professor School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, UCD
'Bridging the gap between AI & Healthcare'


Prof. Martina Hennessy,
Assoc. Prof. Consultant Medical Education, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, TCD
'Progress towards Advance Therapy Clinical Trials – a different future'

12.55 LUNCH  
13.55 SESSION 2

Chair: Prof. Jacintha O'Sullivan, Prof. in Translational Oncology, TCD

Dr. Emma Dorris,
Programme Manager, PPI Ignite Network at UCD

Ms. Anne-Charlotte Fauvel,
Head of European Affairs, European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine (EATRIS)

Dr. Derick Mitchell,
Chief Executive Officer of IPPOSI

'Panel Discussion: Have you been mis-sold PPI? What Public and Patient Involvement in translational research really means in practice'




14.30 SESSION 3

Chair: Dr. Kathy Gately, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Clinical Medicine, TCD

Dr. Martha Cahill ,
National Representative and Adviser on EU Funding for Health for Horizon Europe and the Innovative Health Initiative, Enterprise Ireland
'Unlocking Horizon Europe Funding'


Chair: Prof. Aideen Long

Dr. Jason Slingsby,
Chief Business Officer, LifeArc, UK
'LifeArc and making life science life changing: how Partnerships are essential for supporting early translation to help Patients'

15.30   Reception

General Information

Getting Here:


Car Parking

Parking in the hospital grounds is extremely limited. The following link facilitates an oversight of parking facilities within the hospital: click here

Dublin Bus Transport

Dublin Bus offers a high-frequency, accessible and easy to use service from all over Dublin. The hospital is easily accessed by a number of bus routes and the 123 bus serves the campus directly. The 13, 17, 27, 40, 56a, 68, 77a and the 151 have stops conveniently located near the campus. A short journey to the city centre provides access to a wide range of bus routes that serve the city and beyond Some Bus Éireann services are available locally from Heuston Station. All Bus Éireann commuter and Expressway services are available from Busáras which can be accessed directly via the Red Luas line. See map for the location of the bus stops in close proximity to the hospital.

Train and Luas

The train and Luas network provides a convenient and efficient way of travelling to the hospital. The Red Luas Line serves the hospital directly, offering a high-frequency service to Heuston Station, Connolly Station, Busáras, the city centre and the Green Luas Line. Heuston Station and Connolly Station offer access to commuter rail/DART and intercity rail services. Real time commuting information is available on a screen in the main concourse of the hospital. Park + Ride The Luas Red Line offers direct access to St James’s Hospital from the Red Cow, Tallaght and Cheeverstown Park + Ride facilities. Numerous Irish Rail stations also have Park + Ride facilities. In order to find information on car parking availability, please go to find a station section, input your station name, the parking information will be under "Parking & Transport Links".


The hospital main concourse, discharge lounge area and Emergency Department have courtesy phones to facilitate calling local taxis. This services is available on a 24/7 basis with no call out charge.

Dublin Bike

The hospital is readily accessible to cyclists and can be accessed via various routes from across the city. Ample cycle parking is available at the main concourse entrance and at a number of other locations around the campus. St James’s Hospital aspires to be a cycle-friendly campus and is committed to providing improved facilities to meet the needs of the ever growing number of cyclists. Two Dublinbikes stations are located on the campus and a number of others are located in close proximity to the hospital. Dublinbikes provide a convenient and efficient means of accessing the city centre, Luas Green Line, Heuston, Connolly and Busáras stations. Bleeperbikes is a stationless bike-sharing scheme readily available from St James’s Hospital. Locate and unlock a bike using the app and park at any public bike rack inside the purple zone when you're done!


Mr. Frank Mangan
Translational Medicine Alliance Ireland,
T: +353 (0)86 8980302


Online registration is now closed.

We will facilitate limited registration on the morning of the event.