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Research Programmes - General

Dublin City University

Queen's University Belfast

Trinity College Dublin

University College Cork

University College Dublin

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Dublin City University (DCU) will contribute through its unique graduate training programme in Target-driven Therapeutics and Theranostics (T3)

The T3 programme incorporates first class teaching with cutting-edge research. We provide a multidisciplinary academic and research programme for training students towards a PhD in the expanding field of therapeutics. The goal of the T3 programme is to graduate PhDs with the skills necessary to lead Ireland ’s biopharmaceutical and biomedical diagnostics industries. The T3 programme is centred on research streams composed of teams of PIs in the following areas:

  • Neuroscience
  • Immunology
  • Epithelial/endothelial cells
  • Drug targeting and Optimization
  • Cell Communication and Theranostics.

Each stream focuses on a small number of well-defined drug targets with which DCU faculty have extensive experience.T3 post-doctoral fellows appointed to each stream foster collaborative therapeutic research amongst DCU Faculty.

To ensure the best possible training and research additional capacity is also being added under the BPS at DCU in the following areas:

  • National Drug Screening Facility
  • Bio-Resource Unit
  • GMP Facility
  • Tissue Culture Facility
  • Diffractometer Facility

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Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has research expertise in natural products chemistry, anti-cancer drug design and synthesis, enzymology and biotechnology and will contribute through its MSc/Diploma in Chemical Enzymology

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Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will contribute to the BPS NGEP through the CSCB and Dublin Chemistry

TCD provides research expertise in the areas of:

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Supra-molecular Chemistry
  • Design and synthesis of novel therapeutics and investigation of drug action/testing, mode of action studies
  • The development of new chemistry and new synthetic methodology (e.g. in catalysis)
  • Medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Structure elucidation of small/medium size molecules.

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University College Cork (UCC)

The Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility ( ABCRF ) will contribute through research programmes in:

  • Drug design and synthesis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Formulation/drug delivery
  • Bio-analysis

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University College Dublin ( UCD ) will contribute to the BPS through a Thematic Doctoral Programme in (Bio)pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences with modules encompassing:

  • Design, synthesis, purification and sustainable approaches to (Bio)pharmaceuticals [synthetic chemistry, modern methods of spectroscopy]
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Proteomics
  • Protein expression technology and glycoscience
  • Bionanoscience and drug development
  • Drug delivery and toxicology
  • Pre-clinical and clinical studies in diabetes
  • Neuroscience and infection/inflammation/repair.

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The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) will contribute to the BPS NGEP through the CSCB in the areas of 

  • Computer-aided drug design
  • Multi-component diversity-oriented synthesis
  • Peptide chemistry
  • Metal-containing bioactive chemistry.

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