• Congratulations to the Bond Group on their success at HAI 2019

    The National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) would like to congratulate Prof. Jonathan Bond’s research group (Systems Biology Ireland, UCD) on their success at the recent Haematology Association of Ireland (HAI) annual conference.

    NCRC supported postdoctoral researcher Dr. Luke Jones was awarded the highly prestigious Novartis Career Development Award to fund his research on epigenetic mutations in childhood leukaemia.

    Luke being presented with the Novartis Career Development Award medal by Jonathan in front of colleagues from Systems Biology Ireland (UCD)

    Dr. Peter McCarthy (a clinical fellow supervised by Jonathan and Prof. Owen Smith) was awarded the best clinical oral presentation for his talk “Integration of molecular targeted therapies in children and young adolescents with anaplastic large cell lymphoma confers excellent outcomes with reduced toxicity”. Peter was also selected to present during the President’s session which is reserved for the top 4 highest rated abstracts.

    On his group’s success, Jonathan commented “I’m delighted that Luke won this highly competitive award. It will give him the chance to do some really interesting cutting-edge research into childhood leukaemia that will hopefully tell us more about why some leukaemias are harder to treat. It was a great weekend for our group with Peter winning a prize for his clinical molecular project. Our team is based in both the clinic and the research laboratory, and these types of successes show that we’re working together on both fronts“.

    Congratulations also to the NCRC’s Dr. Amélie Trinquand (medical haematologist in Haematology/Oncology at CHI at Crumlin) who won the Haematology Morphology competition at HAI 2019.