Clinician Scientist Training
A central part of REMEDI’s mission is to build a strong bridge between fundamental scientific investigation of disease mechanisms and the application of this knowledge for diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the clinic.
One of the most important strategies that REMEDI has adopted is to directly train outstanding medical graduates in basic and translational research in order to develop a future generation of Clinician Scientists in Ireland. By linking in with the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Specialist Registrar (SpR) Training Schemes and research training fellowships offered by the Health Research Board and Molecular Medicine Ireland, REMEDI provides structured PhD-level research programmes to highly-motivated young Irish physicians and surgeons.
Examples of current research trainees with specialist medical training include:
• Dr. Conall Dennedy (Endocrinology) who is supported by the HSE/HRB National SpR/SR Academic Fellowship Programme (NSAFP) to study the role of inflammatory macrophages and MSC in obesity and metabolic syndrome, at http://www.nuigalway.ie/research/remedi/people/michael-conall-dennedy;
• Mr. Cathal Moran (Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery) who is supported by the NSAFP to study mechanisms of cartilage repair, at http://www4.nuigalway.ie/research/remedi/people/cathal-moran;
• Dr. Aonghus O’Loughlin (Endocrinology) who has received a Molecular Medicine Ireland fellowship to study stem cell therapies in diabetic ulcers and wound healing, at http://www4.nuigalway.ie/research/remedi/people/aonghus-oloughlin;
• Dr. Bairbre McNicholas (Nephrology) who is funded by the NSFAP to investigate the role of the immune system in diabetic kidney disease, at http://www.nuigalway.ie/research/remedi/people/dr-bairbre-mcnicholas-0
Working side-by-side with basic scientists, experienced clinician scientists and industry collaborators, these research fellows gain a unique perspective on emergent human therapies and diagnostic techniques. In doing so, they obtain the skills necessary for themselves to lead future projects and successfully apply laboratory findings to human patients.