Academic Development (including Research)

This domain has the following key components some of which have are in development (highlighted below);

  • Integration and development of THI research, education and training programmes
  • A detailed research strategy is at an advanced stage of preparation integrating directly with the service configurations in the areas of population health, translational medicine and integrative medical sciences (including IT, robotic technology and Bioengineering). The research strategy is described in more detail under Research
  • Developments of integration pathways between academic programmes and clinical programmes. Important in this area is the proposal to establish a Women's Health Research Institute at the Coombe Women and Infant's University Hospital. 
  • Development of joint research management systems across both sites – a formal joint process for research governance has been drafted to ensure safe, ethical, patient-focused research delivery within THI
  • Creation of structure for academic leadership programme / "Leadership Academy"
  • Generation of cross-institutional training pathways in medicine and allied health professionals - mapping of scope
  • Development of interdisciplinary training modules - mapping of scope

Expansion of suite of masters programmes for health care professionals - mapping of scope. This has commenced with the planning of an MSc in Implementation Sciences

  • Trinity Institute of Population Health at the AMNCH/Tallaght site (The establishment of Trinity Institute of Population Health has been recently TCD Board approved and planning for the Institute is currently underway)
  • Wellcome Trust, HRB Clinical Research Centre built at the St James's hospital site (Construction is underway)
  • Biomedical Sciences Building links (the development of links to Bioengineering, Medical Physics, Medical Devices is underway)
  • Identification of key and necessary academic appointments for success of the overall system (a number of key Professorial posts have been identified for progression in the THI system)
  • Identification of new and emerging research-led disciplines through close academic liaisons. Such disciplines could include for example regenerative, orthobionics and advanced molecular imaging

Research

The research strategy is super-imposed on the TCD's research strategy and currently can be illustrated as in Diagram 2.

Overall Structure of the THI Research Strategy

The research strategy will be based on the principle of three nodes of engagement:
Node 1: TCD Discovery science and integrating technologies:  incorporating pathway analysis, structural biology, medicinal chemistry and integrated biology and bio-engineering to be developed at TCD main campus.

Node 2: The Translational 1 Domain:  Translational research incorporating genomics, genetics, regenerative medicine and advanced imaging incorporating nanotechnology to be based on the St. James’s Hospital site.

Node 3: The Translational 2 Domain: Population Health encompassing disciplines of biostatistics, epidemiology, population based research, genetic epidemiology and genetics to be based at the Tallaght site.  Bioengineering is included at the Tallaght site.

Diagram 1 The Translational Paradigm

Diagram 1 Translational Paradigm

The major themes of cancer, neuroscience, immunology and genetics will be cross-cutting themes across all of these three nodes. In addition enabling technologies such as nanotechnology, imaging and genomic technologies should be in place across all the three nodes.

Diagram 2 :  Research Strategy Driving THI

Diagram 1: Research Strategy Driving THHI

Figure 3: THI Research Strategy Mapping to Disease Thematic Areas

Figure 3: THI Research Strategy Mapping to Disease Thematic Areas