Dr. Jimmy Devins T.D., Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation (left) with Dr. Martin Leahy, Department of Physics, University of Limerick and Professor Brian Harvey, Director of Research, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) (right), pictured here at the launch of the National Biophotonics & Imaging Platform Ireland and Its Inaugural scientific conference held in RCSI, Dublin.
At the inaugural National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform Ireland (NBIPI) Conference which took place at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin yesterday, Dr Martin Leahy, Department of Physics, UL was announced by Dr Jimmy Devins, Minister of State for Science and Innovation, as the organisation's inaugural Scientific Director. The NBIPI is a virtual research institute, which was established through state funding, to provide a structured research and training framework for Ireland's investment in advanced imaging applied to the Life Sciences. It currently supports the work of 155 researchers in areas such as Molecular Imaging; Live Cell & Histology Imaging and Human Diagnostic Imaging.
Dr Martin Leahy, who described the appointment as "significant honour for both myself and for the University of Limerick" will now lead this group of researchers who have already made significant contributions towards cancer and vascular disease research in Ireland and abroad.
Speaking from the NBIPI Conference Dr Leady said: "we have significant ambitions to develop the scope of the institute and to partner further with similar substantial European organisations such as EMIL and Nordfosk. We also hope to grow our funding base by targeting substantial FP7 funding and research/training excellence."
Dr Leahy's research interests have led to the formation of six companies including two in biophotonics, Oxford Optronix and Wheelsbridge, and four companies in renewable energy. The translation of research into product developments and best practice both clinically and commercially are high priorities for both UL and the NBIPI.