The newest research centre at Tallaght Hospital was officially named today. Upgraded after significant financial support from the Meath Foundation, the aim of the new facility is to expand the culture of scientific discovery at Tallaght Hospital and to enable access for patients to new novel therapies through their participation in clinical trials.
The new Meath Foundation Research Laboratory, located in the Trinity Centre at the Hospital has been externally assessed by international experts and approved for Clinical Trials bench-based work.
This development has enabled clinical research activity to increase by 50%. One area that has particularly benefited is cell culture standards which now meet international best practice. This allows for all primary synoviocyte cultures to take place on-site and not in UCD as was previously the case.
The new laboratory also contains clinical research and bio-banking facilities, as well as upgraded facilities for performing protecomic analysis and immunoassays.
Michael Scanlan, Chairman of Tallaght Hospital, welcomed the new Research Laboratory saying;
“I am delighted to attend the official opening of the Meath Foundation Research Laboratory.
“This new facility will add hugely to the already significant research capabilities at Tallaght Hospital and enable the Hospital as a whole to progress as a research leader in the Irish medical sector.
“With the generous support of the Meath Foundation, this facility will help to transform the lives of patients by developing new cures and treatments in a variety of areas.
“It is a testament to all the staff here at Tallaght Hospital, and our collective commitment to the ethos of “People Caring for People”. I look forward to seeing the results produced here.”
Meath Foundation Chairman, Mairéad Shields, also welcomed the new Laboratory, saying;
“As the Chairman of an organisation that is committed to the values of research and developing new insights in the world of medical care, I am very excited that this new facility is such a success.
“The Meath Foundation is delighted to have its name associated with this development and that we were in a position to fund the refurbishment and staffing of the Laboratory.
“Tallaght Hospital has a long-standing commitment to research, both among its current and former staff, and also as a teaching hospital in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin. The importance of research here cannot be denied.”