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Education and Research Centre Introduction
The Education and Research Centre was opened in the early 1990’s as one of SVUH’s key initiatives for increasing the knowledge base in the hospital and improving patient care. The ERC’s dedicated laboratory and clinical research facilities are designed to complement the work of primary clinical workers in diagnosis and treatment of disease. The ERC works closely with biomedical research initiatives at the Conway Institute UCD.
Clinical and fundamental research into arthritis, liver disease and breast cancer are now integral components of Ireland’s Early Arthritis Clinic, the National Liver Transplant Programme and the National Breast Cancer Unit which are all based at SVUH. Clinical and basic research in Respiratory Medicine has developed expertise in integrative biology, respiratory physiology and sleep disorders as well as a nationally recognised expertise in Cystic Fibrosis. Continuous clinical research over two decades in Endocrinology has made significant contributions to clinical management of Diabetes and Infertility. An ambitious combined clinical and basic research programme in Colorectal Disease is contributing strongly to the research profile at SVUH.
Common mechanisms in disease
A persistent theme of these research programmes is the investigation of common molecular mechanisms of inflammation, immunity and malignancy with a particular focus on gene expression and its regulation. Identification of specific changes in gene expression will lead to the development of novel diagnostic and prognostic applications, insight into failure of current therapeutic strategies as well as identification of new therapeutic targets for arthritis, liver disease and malignancy. Bio-repositories: an invaluable resource. A strong feature of the research is the collection, over many years, of tissue samples from well-defined cohorts of patients and from normal donors. The clinical data on these cohorts is collated and stored in databases, constituting a valuable research resource. The combination of these clinical data with state-of-the-art molecular techniques for the analysis of disease markers and mechanisms places the E.R.C. in a position to make singular, clinically relevant contributions to biomedical research that will have implications worldwide.
Education in research
The research environment is a vehicle for a significant amount of post-graduate education. At any one time between 10 and 20 post-graduate students are working towards higher degrees. Young post-doctoral research fellows and doctors completing MD and M.Ch. degrees are part of the mix of backgrounds, skills and areas of expertise that makes the ERC a particularly rich educational environment. The ERC also hosts symposia, conferences and academic meetings, large and small, local and international, on a regular basis. There is a strong recognition that science and medicine needs to be explained to the general public and we have a regular program of school visits.
Ms. Louise McCormack
• Administration: 221-4910/4914
• Laboratory Manager: 221-3485
• Laboratories 1 & 2: 221-4943/4936/4937
• Laboratories 3 & 4: 221-5061/5060