Paediatric Immunology

Building on a long-established history of research expertise in paediatric immunology under Professor Denis Reen, Drs Walsh and Doyle joined the NCRC in 2011/12 as part of the Paediatric Research in Translational Immunology (PRiTI) programme. In the period since establishing their research groups, they have developed new research programmes in collaboration with clinician scientist colleagues based at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Current research focus is aimed at investigating novel mechanisms associated with childhood inflammatory diseases, as well as identifying novel strategies aimed at improving infant vaccination. Several new discoveries in this area have led to the publication of over 30 research papers during this time, and the successful leveraging of over €2.5M euro in non-NCRC funding to consolidate paediatric immunology as a core research strength at the NCRC. These successes have also led to the continued training in paediatric immunology research of 11 postdoctoral scientists and 8 postgraduate students at the NCRC.