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REMEDI PI Receives Prestigious SFI Investigator Award

January 29th 2013

REMEDI PI Dr Thomas Ritter was one of only three NUI Galway recipients of the prestigious SFI Investigator Award announced last week.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, announced the funding totaling €60million, dedicated to 85 pioneering research initiatives around the country.
Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “A central part of this Government’s plan for jobs and growth is to ensure that this research is better targeted at turning the good ideas of researchers into good products and good jobs. By supporting these world-class researchers in their ground-breaking work we will ensure that we continue to maintain, attract and develop dynamic companies and create the quality jobs we need.”
President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, commented: “We are a research-led university, and inspirational research is at the forefront of all of our activities. Today’s announcement is further endorsement of our research activities, and support cutting-edge investigations in exciting fields.”
Dr Ritters’ project is aimed at improving the success of corneal transplants. With more than 100,000 procedures annually, cornea transplantation is the most frequent procedure of human tissue. However, long-term allograft survival is limited by immunological problems. Dr Ritter and his team will try to overcome this problem through novel cell and gene therapeutic approaches.
Professor Paul Murphy and Professor Kevin Sullivan were the other NUI Galway awardees.