Dr. Kate O’ Connor is selected to pitch her work to SFI summit

Dr. Kate Connor is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the RCSI Laboratory for Tumour Biology and Molecular Imaging directed by Dr. Annette Byrne (Senior Lecturer), in the Department of Physiology and Medical Physics. Dr. Connor is funded under an SFI Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) with the goal of the project to  develop a novel therapies for  a form of incurable brain cancer (glioblastoma).

Part of the TIDA award requires researchers to participate  in the SFI/EI  ‘Get Started Technology Venture Programme’ held at the esteemed DCU Ryan Academy of Entrepreneurship. This program aims to highlight the feasibility of an innovative idea for further commercial exploitation and develops awareness of entrepreneurship and the commercialisation process for researchers in the early stages of the commercialisation pipeline.

The final day of the program took place on Nov 4th with researchers presenting their work to a panel of investors and judges with the aim of highlighting the significant scientific and commercial impact of their research. Winners of this ‘dragons den’ style event have also been given the opportunity to present their pitch at the SFI Summit meeting which took place on Nov 14th in Croke Park.

Dr. Connor was among 4 other successful candidates who were chosen to present their winning pitches at the Summit next week. This event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the project and to potentially gain investment for future work towards translation of new therapies to brain cancer patients.

Dr. Connor successfully won the popular vote of which presentation deserved further investment.

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CSM MiniScience Transition Year Programme 2017

The Royal College of Surgeons and the Centre for Systems Medicine will run its ‘Mini -Science TY programme’ on the 6th-8th of Feb 2017. We are seeking highly motivated students that have a keen interest in pursuing biomedical research as a career or to study at third level. If you are interested in applying please contact hbonner@rcsi.ie  for an application form. Closing dates for applications is Monday 7th of November 2016.

or fill out the application form online

TY programme Application form.docx

RCSI/CSM hosts a mini symposium for cancer week – Monday 17th October @1 -3 pm

To mark Cancer week (17th-23rd of October) , RCSI and the Centre for Systems Medicine  are hosting a mini-symposium in the Cheyne Theatre, 123 St. Stephens Green @ 1pm-3 pm.

RCSI Principal Investigators will present an overview of their cancer research.

Dr. Robert O’ Connor from the Irish Cancer Society will also give a talk.

Everyone is invited to attend. Hope you can all make it. Please see  Mini-Symposium Cancer week speakers

Congratulations to Dr. Andreas Linder and authors on their recent publication in the journal ‘Gut’

Congratulations to Dr. Andreas Linder and authors on their recent publication in the journal ‘Gut’. In this study they tested a system based biomarker and prognostic tool (DR-MOMP) for stage III colorectal cancer (CRC).  They found that DR- MOMP could be potentially used as a prognostic tool to significantly improve established risk scores for patients with CRC.

See link here

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27663504