The National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) has donated €1 million to the development of the Translational Research Facility at NUI Galway through Galway University Foundation.
The Translational Research Facility at NUI Galway is being developed on the grounds of University Hospital Galway adjacent to the Clinical Sciences Institute. It will house ten principal investigators and 120 researchers across a broad range of disciplines in cancer biology as well as other key research programmes in clinical disciplines.
The facility will feature an open-plan wet laboratory space with an adjoining open plan write-up area, which will allow research groups to expand and contract as their requirements change. The ten offices for principal investigators together with support facilities such as tissue culture and microscopy will be situated around the open plan area. The design of the building will, because of its open plan nature, help to facilitate the growth of multidisciplinary approaches to clinical problems.
Professor of Surgery at NUI Galway Michael Kerin said that the NBCRI has an “extraordinary track record” in funding breast cancer research since its establishment in 1991.
“This latest gift will enhance the ability of the university to be internationally competitive and will ensure that the NBCRI has a footprint in the exciting State of the Art Translational Research Facility. The infrastructure here will now be on a par with the world’s great research facilities and will enhance clinical developments and translational science for the West of Ireland’s population.”
President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, said that NUI Galway is very pleased to accept the donation towards the development of their Translational Research Facility.
“This new facility will allow our researchers to ‘translate’ their work into practical strategies, which will help patients and those facing currently intractable health problems. The cutting edge work being done by Galway scientists and clinicians will be brought from ‘bench to bedside’ in the new Translational Research Facility.
“On behalf of NUI Galway, I would like to sincerely thank the NBCRI, who do such sterling work to raise awareness of breast cancer. Their generous support will enable cancer sufferers to benefit from innovative treatments to address their health concerns in the future,” he said.