Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the announcement by NUI Galway President, Dr Jim Browne, that Galway University Foundation and NUI Galway are to invest €2 million to support clinical training facilities for medical students at Mayo General Hospital as part of the Mayo Medical Academy initiative.
Dr Browne made the announcement last Saturday night at the Mayo Pink Ribbon Banquet held in the TF Royal Castlebar for the cyclists who took part in the Mayo Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle for Breast Cancer Research earlier in the day.
The Taoiseach, a patron of Mayo Pink Ribbon, was amongst those who completed the cycle and attended the dinner. Also in attendance was Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, Mr Tom Joyce, CEO Galway University Foundation, Dr Anna O’Coinne, Chairperson National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Professor Michael Kerin of NUI Galway who heads up the Multi-Disciplinary Breast Cancer Unit at Galway University Hospital.
The National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) is 20 years in existence and its research facility is based in the Discipline of Surgery, NUI Galway.
The research programme, which is primarily funded by voluntary and charitable contributions, focuses on the molecular biology of breast cancer with the objective of identifying new markers and targets in order to improve cancer detection and individualise current therapies.
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The Taoiseach said: “I am a proud patron of Mayo Pink Ribbon, an organisation which does wonderful work for the very important cause of breast cancer research. In fact, Mayo Pink Ribbon is one of the biggest contributors to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and both organisations enjoy a long-standing relationship with NUI Galway.
“Through their formidable effort and commitment, they have made a tremendous contribution to medical education and research in the West of Ireland.
The ongoing development of the Mayo Medical Academy is an important strategic investment by NUI Galway in the region. It will support university medical education at Mayo General Hospital, thereby enhancing its reputation and significantly benefitting the local knowledge economy.”