Tallaght Hospital Partnership

In 2017, Prof. Ronan Mullan designed and implemented an ultrasound guided biopsy programme in the Bone and Joint Unit, Tallaght Hospital. In collaboration with Prof. Ursula Fearon, Ms. Sian Cregan implemented the first wet-lab tissue culture programme at Tallaght Hospital, utilizing the facilities provided by the newly refurbished Meath Foundation Research Laboratory. The on-site translational molecular… Read More

Centre for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases

CARD rheumatology at St Vincent’s University Hospital is a EULAR Centre of Excellence for research and education. Our main focus is on patients with early, inflammatory arthritis eg. rheumatoid / psoriatic and vasculitis eg. Giant Cell Arteritis. We aim to provide patients with state-of-the-art treatment and information about their conditions. Our key scientific focus is on understanding… Read More

Dr Adam Dignam

Adam Dignam is a postdoctoral researcher in the Molecular Rheumatology research group. In 2017,he completed his undergraduate degree in Immunology in Trinity College Dublin, carrying out athree-month research project in Prof. Cliona O’Farrelly’s lab. Adam worked as a research assistant ona prostate cancer research project at Maynooth University after graduating. He then began a PhD… Read More

Dr Alyssa Gilmore

Dr. Alyssa Gilmore is a Research Fellow in the Molecular Rheumatology group. She previously completed her PhD in University College Dublin, investigating cartilage and bone degradation in response to inflammatory factors present in the synovium of RA patients. An ex vivo scaffold model of osteogenesis was generated, which allowed for the study of osteoblast mineralisation… Read More

Dr Aisling O’Brien

Aisling completed her BSc in Biomedical Science at Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin St in 2015 and began her PhD with the Obesity Immunology Research group under the supervision of Prof. Donal O’Shea and Dr. Andrew Hogan at St. Vincent’s University Hospital. Her research focused on the impact of obesity on Mucosal -Associated T (MAIT)… Read More

Seán Dixon

Seán Dixon is currently a first year PhD student here at the Molecular Rheumatology group. In 2019 he completed a BSc in Biomolecular Science at Technological University Dublin after carrying out his research placement with the School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland supervised by Dr. Ingmar Schoen. From here, he… Read More

Dumitru Anton

Dumitru obtained a B.A in Physiology from Trinity College Dublin in 2020. In his his final year project he investigated the immunomodulatory effects dimethyl fumarate on the glial cells of aged mice. He worked as a research assistant on a project that aimed at the development of a quick and easy to use in the… Read More

Success Amaechi

Success is a 1st Year PhD student in the Molecular Rheumatology research group, commencing his postin March 2022. In 2019, he graduated from NUI Maynooth with a B.Sc. in Biomedical Science,undertaking a 12-week long project in Dr Karen English’s Immunology lab, assessing the capacity formacrophage migration inhibitory factor to enhance the wound healing abilities of… Read More

Hannah Costello

Hannah is currently a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Mary Canavan in the Translational Immunopathology and Molecular Rheumatology lab. After completing her B.Sc in Genetics and Cell Biology in DCU in 2021, she went on to do an M.Sc in Immunology at Trinity College. During the M.Sc, she did her 3-month research project… Read More

Claire Kinneavy – Patient Partner

Claire is a patient co-investigator on the Centre of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases grant “PRedicting Onset, Variation and Effect of treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis (PROVE RA)”. Claire was also involved in the HRB funded KEDS (Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme) grant entitled “Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Awareness INitiative (RA-PAIN)” where she contributed to the project as… Read More

Aenea Brugman

Aenea is currently a first year PhD student here in the Molecular Rheumatology research group.During her PhD, she will be studying how distinct fibroblast subsets in psoriatic and rheumatoidarthritis can contribute to disease pathogenesis.Before joining this lab, Aenea completed her Bachelor’s in Biology and Mathematics at DurhamUniversity and the University of British Columbia in 2020.… Read More

Alex Donnelly – Patient Partner

Alex is a public representative on the Centre of Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease board of management and a co-investigator on the HRB funded KEDS (Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme) grant entitled “Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Awareness INitiative (RA-PAIN)”. Alex contributed to the project as co-chair and co-presentor in a national series of interactive patient engagement workshops.

Brianne Barker M.Sc

Brianne is currently a first year PhD student here in the Molecular Rheumatology research group. After receiving her B.Sc. in Biology from Lehigh University in 2018, she went on to work as a laboratory technician within the Andrology Lab at the Weill Cornell Center for Reproductive Medicine in New York. There her research focused on… Read More

Orla Tynan B.Sc

Orla is first year PhD student here in the Molecular Rheumatology research group.  In 2021 she completed her undergraduate degree in Human Health and Disease from Trinity College Dublin. As part of her final year thesis, she undertook a three month research project with Prof. Fearon in which she focused in on examining the differential… Read More

Keelin Flynn B.Sc

Keelin obtained a B.Sc in Pharmacology from University College Dublin in 2019. Her final year project involved the generation of kidney and brain organoids to investigate whether epigenetic silencing plays a role in mediating renal damage. She gained useful skills in cell culture when carrying out her final year project that she has been able… Read More

Dr Aine Gorman

Dr Áine Gorman has a degree in Medicine from NUI Galway. She also holds a master’s degree in clinical education. She is currently a 5th year trainee. Her main research interests include early inflammatory arthritis and pregnancy in patients with rheumatic disease.  

Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme

Sophie Lawlor has just completed a research internship (summer 2020) in the Molecular Rheumatology unit, under the supervision of Prof Ursula Fearon and Dr Megan Hanlon. Sophie was awarded a prestigious Laidlaw Undergraduate Research Scholarship to perform her research. The Laidlaw Leadership Programme is an innovative scholarship designed to support talented and motivated undergraduate students from… Read More