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SFI Investigator Award for Professor Rosemary O’Connor

20 Nov 2017
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigator Award for Professor Rosemary O’Connor, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC

Professor Rosemary O'Connor of this School was awarded an investigator award for her research programme on “Targeting the regulators of cellular metabolism to promote healthy ageing”. 

The award, from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and worth  €1. 88 million, will fund seven researchers for five years.

The research programme is built on previous work in the O’Connor lab on the actions of the Insulin-like Growth Factor system, which has a key role in physiological and pathological processes associated with ageing, and whose modulation can prevent or suppress cancer. 

While the programme is focused on basic and exploratory research it touches on how our environment influences health and lifespan, including obesity, the benefits of exercise and moderate food intake, as well as the beneficial effects of certain microbiota.

UCC received three of the awards

UCC received three PI awards: Professor Mark Ferguson, Professor Rosemary O’Connor, Minister Halligan, Professor Andrew Wheeler (BEES) and Professor Marcel Jansen (BEES).

UCC received three PI awards: Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI); Professor Rosemary O’Connor, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC; Minister John Halligan, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development; Professor Andrew Wheeler, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES); and Professor Marcel Jansen (BEES).

 

Professor Rosemary O’Connor with Minister Halligan, Professor Mark Ferguson, SFI and Professor Kingston Mills TCD.

Professor Rosemary O’Connor, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC; Minister John Halligan, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development; Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Professor Kingston Mills, Trinity College Dublin.

 

Professor O’Connor giving an overview of her research programme at the launch of the SFI PI awards for 2017.

Professor O’Connor giving an overview of her research programme at the launch of the SFI PI awards for 2017.

 

 

 

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