CRDI Course: Techniques & Strategies in Molecular Medicine

Date(s) 2 & 3 December 2019
VenueStanley Quek Theatre, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute
Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
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Online Application Period30 Oct – 29 Nov 2019
Academic Coordinator
Prof Ross McManus (Professor in Molecular Medicine at Trinity College Dublin)
Administrative CoordinatorGaël Parent (Project Lead, Education and Development, CRDI)


This course, running over 2 full days, is designed to give bioscientists and clinicians a broad overview of research techniques and their application. Basic molecular biology laboratory experience is assumed, but you should not need prior knowledge of the techniques covered in the course.

The objective for postgraduate teaching is to give students a broad basic knowledge of bioscience research techniques and technologies, including those not currently used in their own project/laboratory that may be of future use. We recommend that postgraduate students attend the whole course (CRDI Course Attendance Certificates are only provided for complete attendance).

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Course Fees

  • CRDI Partner Institutions:
    Postgraduate student, postdoctoral researcher, or member of staff in NUI Galway, RCSI, TCD, UCC, UCD, UL and affiliated hospitals: Free of charge
  • Other Institutions:
    Academic Rate:  Free of charge*
    Non-academic rate: 600 Euros

* Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we are delighted to offer this course free of charge for all academics

The registration charges do not include accommodation or travel. Please contact for further information



Monday 2 December
09.55Introduction Prof Ross McManus (TCD)
Session Chair: Prof Ross McManus (TCD)
10.00Next-generation Sequencing Dr Lisa Mc Dermott (TCD)
10.30Epigenetics: What is it and why is it important? Prof Gerard Brien (TCD)
11.00Mass Spectrometry in Biological Research Prof Matthias Wilm (UCD)
11.50Stem cell technology in disease modelling and therapy Dr Maojia Xu (NUI Galway)
12.20Manipulating the Rodent Genome Using Transgenic and Gene Targeting Techniques Dr Tom Moore (UCC)
12.50Crystal Digital PCR™: how partition-based PCR continues to revolutionize nucleic acid detection Ms Emma Sharkey (Stilla Technologies)
Session Chair: Dr Henry Windle (TCD)
13.50Protein Expression and Purification Dr Henry Windle (TCD)
14.20Immunodetection Methods on Cell and Tissue Extracts Dr Ann Hopkins (RCSI)
15.10Fluorescence microscopy based high-content screening: Turning pixels into quantitative data Dr Eugene Dempsey (UCD)
15.40Metabolomics and examples of use Prof Lorraine Brennan (UCD)
16.10CRISPR-What’s the fuss about? Prof Vincent P. Kelly (TCD)

Abstracts and Useful Literature


Tuesday 3 December
Session Chair: Dr Alfonso Blanco (UCD)
10.00Model Organisms Dr Stephen Carter (UCD)
10.30Translational fMRI Functional Connectomics Dr Clare Kelly (TCD)
11.00Flow Cytometry, Cell Sorting and Flow Imaging Dr Alfonso Blanco (UCD)
11.50Imaging Using Fluorescent/Confocal Microscopy Dr Gavin McManus (TCD)
12.20Systems Medicine – what it is and where we are Dr Manuela Salvucci (RCSI)
Session Chair: Prof Richard Porter (TCD)
13.50Polymorphisms Associated with Disease Dr Ricardo Segurado (UCD)
14.20Applications of NGS in routine clinical diagnostics Dr Lesley Sutton (TCD)
15.10Diagnostic challenges and proteomic solutions Dr Holger Ebhardt (UCD)
15.40Cellular Oxygen Consumption as an index of Metabolic Activity Prof Richard Porter (TCD)


Engineering replacement tissues and organs

Prof Daniel J Kelly (TCD)




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Course Accreditation & CRDI Open Badge

The course content will be examined on Monday 9 December @5pm by online MCQ. Taking the course online examination is not mandatory and only optional.

Full attendance is required in order to take the exam.


ECTS Credits

  • Please note this course bears 5 ECTS credits for eligible TCD registered students, i.e. registered in TCD academic year 2019/2020.
  • TCD attendees who wish to avail of ECTS academic year 2019/2020 must, in addition to registration with CRDI, register formally for this course via portal (TCD course code CM8801). Registration with CRDI alone will not suffice for award of ECTS.
  • Students not registered with TCD may be eligible for award of ECTS through TCD. Please check with your own college graduate office regarding your eligibility for ECTS.
  • CRDI certificates of attendance will be provided to those not eligible for, or requiring, ECTS.
  • CRDI certificates of completion and CRDI Open Badges (see below) will be awarded to all successful course participants including those eligible for ECTS.


CRDI Open Badge

  • A CRDI Certificate of attendance will be awarded to those who do not wish to take the exam (Full attendance in all course sessions is required)
  • A CRDI Open Badge will be awarded to those who successfully complete the online MCQ (Monday 9 December @6pm). This Open Badge is provided as a measure of CPD attainment.

What is an Open Badge?

Open Badges are verifiable, portable digital badges with embedded metadata about skills and achievements. They comply with the Open Badges Specification and are shareable across the web (Social Media, e-Portfolio, Blogs or Online CVs).

Further details on this CRDI Open Badge here


Registration is now closed