PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology to launch this week

  • 27 Sep 2008

The PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology at UCC will be officially launched on Friday, 3 October, 2008 at an event opened by the President of UCC, Dr. Michael Murphy, and the Health Research Board of Ireland, CEO, Mr. Enda Connolly.

The PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology is one of four structured-PhD training programmes in Ireland that were funded by the Health Research Board in 2007, and this is the first dedicated PhD-training programme in Cancer Biology to be established in Ireland. The aims of the Programme are (1) to train 18 PhD Scholars to the highest international standards in cancer biology over the next eight years; (2) to put in place the infrastructure for continued training at this level; and (3) to use this programme as a platform for collaborative, high-quality, PhD-training with other universities and industries, both in Ireland and abroad.

After a competitive review process, five students have been selected to begin their studies at UCC under the PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology.  The 2008 PhD Scholars are:  Mr. William Byrne, Ms. Aoife Corcoran, Ms. Kate Foley, Ms. Ciara O'Flanaghan, and Mr. Ronan O'Riordan. 

The launch event will be attended by members of the government, industry and academia, including many cancer researchers and clinicians.

The launch will be followed by a Cancer Biology Mini-Symposium in the afternoon of October 3rd, with a keynote address from Professor Scott Lowe, Deputy Director of the Cancer Center at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA.  Other speakers include Dr. Karen Keeshan, recipient of the 2007 President of Ireland Young Researcher Award and member of the Department of Biochemistry at UCC, and Professor Corrado Santocanale, Chair in Molecular Medicine, NUI, Galway.  Details of the Cancer Biology Mini-Symposium are posted on this site under Events.

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