Peter Doran appointed director of clinical trials institute at University of Galway

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Prof Peter Doran. Photo: Martina Regan.

University of Galway has appointed Professor Peter Doran as the director of a new clinical trials institute.

This institute will transform the University’s ability to evaluate cutting-edge clinical treatments, medical diagnostics and preventative therapies.

Professor Peter Doran earned his BSc from DCU in 1998 and his PhD from UCD in 2001. He was the founding Director of the UCD Clinical Research Centre.

Under his leadership the UCD CRC has developed an internationally renowned clinical research programme which supports investigators to ask clinically impactful research questions in a quality assured, scientifically excellent and patient focused environment.

“The development of the clinical trials institute at the University of Galway will have impact locally, nationally and globally,” said Professor Doran.

“Our research programme will tackle the major health issues facing society today and into the future.

“By developing and growing linkages with our clinical partners in Saolta, with Community Health Organisation Area 2 and with industry we will ensure that today’s health research becomes tomorrow’s healthcare.

“We will leverage our current expertise and experience to ensure Galway is the national lead in clinical research.”

Professor Doran leads a significant biomarker research programme and has established a high throughput biomarker validation laboratory, which is contributing to major national and international end organ damage biomarker studies, reflecting his research interests in the molecular drivers of organ damage, biomarker discovery and translation to practice.

In addition, he established the graduate taught programme in clinical and translational research which includes a suite of programmes designed to address the career stage specific education and training requirements of clinical research personnel.

Professor Doran has also served as Associate Dean for Research at the UCD School of Medicine, Vice-Principal for Research at the UCD College of Health & Agricultural Science and Director of the Ireland East Hospital Group research network.