3U DIABETES

Type 2 diabetes poses a very serious threat in Ireland. Already hundreds of thousands of Irish people have the condition, in which cells in the body become insensitive to the hormone insulin and blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. That in turn increases the risk of disabling complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and limb amputation.

 

The 3U DIABETES Consortium aligns a number of interlinked areas of research into this chronic and costly condition. Researchers in Maynooth University are teasing out the molecular mechanisms by which cells become insensitive to insulin, while experts at DCU can view the issue from a more whole-body level, and RCSI offers the clinical perspective and samples from patients with diabetes.

 

3U DIABETES is developing a platform in the lab that uses human tissues to mimic the development of diabetes in humans. Crucially, the lab model will offer a test-bed for chemical compounds developed at Maynooth University that show potential for improving blood sugar control. The platform offers an important route for evaluating potential drugs and therapies work before deciding whether to move them into costly clinical trials.

 

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3U PARTNERSHIP’s 4th Annual Conference – Current Challenges in Diabetes Research will take place on 15 January 2016 in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
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Researchers

  • Dr Donal O’Gorman; DCU, School of Health and Human Performance
  • Dr Sheelagh Wickham; DCU, School of Nursing and Human Sciences
  • Dr Jan Rigby; Maynooth University, Department of Geography
  • Professor Seamus Sreenan; Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Connolly Hospital and Director of the Graduate Entry Programme in Medicine, RCSI.
  • Professor John Findlay; Maynooth Univesity, Department of Biology,
  • Dr Diarmuid Smith; Consultant Endocrinologist, Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Beaumont Hospital and RCSI Clinical Research Centre.
  • Professor Paul Gallagher; RCSI, School of Pharmacy
  • Dr Aisling O’Leary; RCSI, School of Pharmacy
  • Professor Sameer Otoom; President of RCSI Bahrain
  • Dr Noel McCaffrey; DCU, School of Health and Human Performance
  • Dr Mary Rose Sweeney; DCU, School of Nursing and Human Sciences
  • Professor Martin Clynes; DCU, National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology, School of Biotechnology
  • Dr Niall Barron; DCU, Director National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology
  • Dr Paul Dowling; DCU, National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology
  • Dr Rosaleen Devery; DCU, School of Biotechnology
  • Professor Harry Holtofer; DCU, School of Nursing and Human Sciences
  • Professor Anthony Staines; DCU, School of Nursing and Human Sciences
  • Professor Alan Smeaton; DCU; School of Computing, Co-Director of Insight Centre for Data Analytics
  • Dr John Stephens; Maynooth University; Department of Chemistry
  • Dr Gemma Kinsella; Maynooth University; Department of Biology
  • Dr Darren Martin; Maynooth University; Department of Biology
  • Dr Ronan Foley; Maynooth University; Department of Geography
  • Dr Sinead Miggin; Maynooth University; Department of Biology

Contacts

  • Dr Donal O’Gorman; donal.ogorman@dcu.ie; School of Health and Human
    Performance, DCU
  • Dr Prof Seamus Sreenan; ssreenan@rcsi.ie; Consultant in Diabetes and
    Endocrinology, Connolly Hospital and Director of the Graduate Entry Programme in
    Medicine, RCSI
  • Sheelagh Wickham; sheelagh.wickham@dcu. School of Nursing and Human
    Sciences, DCU
  • Dr. Jan Rigby; Jan.Rigby@nuim.ie; Department of Geography, Maynooth University
    and Research in Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI)
  • Prof John Findlay; john.findlay@nuim.ie; Biosciences & Electronic Engineering
    Facility Department of Biology, Maynooth University