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Prof. George Runger & Prof. Richard O'Kennedy at the launch



On November 7th, the world’s first International School of Biomedical Diagnostics was launched at Arizona State University (ASU). This programme is a blended-learning collaboration between the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at DCU and ASU which gives students the opportunity to work with their transatlantic counterparts using the latest technologies. Together, ASU and DCU have welcomed over thirty students in this new programme in the academic year 2014/2015 who will complete a Master’s degree in Biomedical Diagnostics.

The launch was part of a special celebration event to highlight the successes realised in the last year resulting from the DCU-ASU transatlantic partnership in the areas of health technology & education, digital learning, water, smart cities and conflict resolution. Professor Richard O’Kennedy(Biomedical Diagnostics Institute) and Professor George Runger (Department of Biomedical Informatics , ASU ) hosted a strategic planning meeting and showcase booth on the programme. They also spoke about their vision for the future at the official launch, which was attended by ASU president Michael Crowe and DCU president Prof Brian MacCraith.

The new programme is at the cutting edge of establishing diagnostics as an independent discipline. Students enrolled in the program follow a shared curriculum with courses offered by both universities in topics such as Immunology and Bioinformatics. This “blended” learning approach incorporates both online and face-to-face elements.

Four core curriculum areas covering the biomedical diagnostics field are the anchors of the program. These include the technology of diagnostics, the science of diagnostics, the business of diagnostics and the application of diagnostics. This unique collaboration between the two universities emerged from the need for academic institutions to keep pace with the rapidly evolving field of diagnostics.