The 2010 cohort of UREKA students at a recent visit to Analog Devices

DiaMonD UREKA 2010

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The DiaMonD (Diagnostics for Monitoring Disease) UREKA site is a summer undergraduate training programme hosted by the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at Dublin City University (DCU).

The site’s research focus is on the science and technology underpinning the development of next generation diagnostic devices for diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Currently, 12 students (10 in the BDI and 2 Irish students on exchange at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) are working on a diverse group of projects over the summer. Projects include identifying biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, developing miniaturised lab-on-a-chip devices for under-resourced environments and researching ethical issues of new technologies.

The students also participate in a stimulating educational and social programme including workshops in Entrepreneurship and Career Development. Recently, the students visited BDI industry partner Analog Devices, Limerick and the SURF BioNET UREKA site at NUI Galway.

“To date, we have had 54 talented and diverse DiaMonD UREKA graduates who have enhanced the BDI’s research programmes considerably. Our students benefit greatly by experiencing first-hand how research works in academic, industrial and clinical environments. Past DiaMonD graduates are currently pursuing PhD studies at top institutions such as Oxford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and DCU. Initiatives such as the DiaMonD UREKA are important in encouraging talented graduates to pursue future research, which is vital for Ireland’s smart economy” Dr. Aoife MacCormac, DiaMonD UREKA site co-ordinator.

More information on the programme can be found at: www.bdi.ie/Diamond