MMI Chair welcomes the appointments of two new Directors to the Board

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MMI Chair welcomes the appointments of two new Directors to the Board

Tom Lynch Chair of Molecular Medicine Ireland welcomed the recent appointments of Professor Michael Keane of UCD and Professor Anita Maguire of UCC to the MMI Board of Directors. ’We are very pleased that MMI will have the benefit of Professor Keane’s and Professor Maguire’s extensive expertise and experience in biomedical research and its application’ Mr Lynch said.

Professor Keane graduated in Medicine from University College Dublin in 1989 and following his initial training in Dublin he completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Michigan USA. He remained on the faculty at the University of Michigan until 2000 when he moved to University College Los Angeles where he was Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic and the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Programme.

Professor Keane returned to Dublin in 2007 to take up his current positions of Professor of Medicine at UCD and Consultant Respiratory Physician at St Vincent’s University Hospital. His clinical interests include all aspects of interstitial lung disease and his research interests include the mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis and acute lung injury. He has an active research laboratory at the Conway Institute in UCD which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Professor Keane is a member of the management team of the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research.

Professor Maguire is Vice-President for Research & Innovation Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Director of the Analytical & Biological Chemistry Research Facility at University College Cork. She was recently appointed Chair of the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) and holds positions on a number of state boards including the NUI Senate the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and the Advisory Science Council. At the European level Professor Maguire is Adjunct Professor in Chemistry at the University of Bergen in Norway and has served on many review boards including the Research Council of Norway.

Professor Maguire’s research interests focus on synthetic organic chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry including novel synthetic methodology asymmetric synthesis the design and synthesis of bioactive compounds with pharmaceutical applications and crystal engineering. She graduated with a PhD from UCC in 1989.