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

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

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.

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

Dr. Viviana Marzaioli

Dr Viviana Marzaioli is a Principal Investigator within the Molecular Rheumatology group in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TCD). Her research focuses on investigating the contribution of innate immunity in the initiation and the progression of Rheumatoid and Psoriatic arthritis, with an emphasis on the dysregulation in monocyte-derived cells development. Her research goal is to… Read More

Dr. Megan M. Hanlon

Megan is a first-year PhD student here in the Molecular Rheumatology research group. In 2016 she completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Health and Life Sciences from University College Dublin, having undertaken a three-month research project with Prof. Fearon as part of her final year thesis. Subsequently, she successfully applied for the Irish Research Council… Read More

Assistant Professor Mary Canavan

Dr Canavan is an Assistant Professor in Immunology and course co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma in Immune Therapies in the School of Medicine and School of Biochemistry and Immunology. Dr Canavan is also head of the Translational Immunopathology research group in TCD where her lab investigates the early innate immune mechanisms which drive the onset… Read More

Serena Foo M.Sc

Serena is currently a first year PhD student researching the pathogenesis of Down’s Syndrome Arthritis (DA). Funded by National Children’s Research Centre and working closely with the patients of Crumlin Children’s Hospital, her project is about determining the differences in immune cell infiltration as well as metabolism between DA and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. In 2011,… Read More