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Dean's Research Initiatives Fund

In 2015-16 the Faculty of Health Sciences launched its inaugural Research Initiatives Fund, which is specifically designed to support new and innovative research that will enhance Trinity College's and the Faculty of Health Sciences' ability to compete for large-scale, interdisciplinary, single- and multi-investigator extramural awards. The fund aims to advance the research priorities of Trinity College's Strategic Plan, to raise the national and international profile of the University and to increase receipt of Horizon 2020 and HRB awards and other funding.

A high volume of quality applications were received from across all four Schools in the Faculty, and each of the five research focus areas of the award were represented. There were a number of strong proposals led by Ussher professors and other early career researchers and the panel sought to recognize and encourage this particular development. It is with great pleasure that we announce the eight winners of the 2015-16 Faculty of Health Sciences' Research Initiatives Fund:


Tracking the emergence and spread of a community-associated MRSA clone in Irish hospitals using whole-genome sequencing.

PI - Dr Anna Shore (School of Dental Science and School of Medicine)


Immune Profiling in ALS – A Novel Precision Medicine Tool

PI - Dr Jean Fletcher (School of Medicine and School of Biochemistry & Immunology)



lnvestigating the role of Kynurenine on tumour cell-platelet interactions

PI - Dr Maria Jose Santos-Martinez (School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Medicine)



An exploration of the utility of a smartphone application to collect ECG field data in competitive rowers.

PI - Dr Fiona Wilson (School of Medicine)



Targeting Notch signalling in gastro-intestinal inflammation.

PI - Dr Sinead Smith (School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Medicine)



Leveraging autophagy to direct an inhaled TB vaccine to dendritic cell autophagosomes for better antigen presentation.

PI - Dr Mary O'Sullivan (School of Medicine)



Drug Burden Index to define the Functional Burden of Medicines in Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Older Adults with Multimorbidity.

PI - Dr Máire O'Dwyer (School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences)



Way Finding - Development and Validation of an Assistive Navigation Tool for Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early on set dementia or Intellectual disability.

PI - Dr. John Dinsmore (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Photo - Mr. Kevin Kelly (School of Engineering)




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