The MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) is a structured 3-year PhD programme for medical graduates with the objective of developing the next generation of clinician scientists.
Dr Fionnuala Ní Áinle PhD MB MRCPI FRCPath graduated from the MMI CSFP fellowship training programme in December 2011 with her thesis entitled ‘Generation and Characterisation of Activated Protein C variants with Altered Functional Properties and Enhanced Therapeutic Potential’.
Since completion of MMI CSFP Dr Ní Áinle was appointed to the post of Consultant Haematologist in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital Dublin and Rotunda Hospital Dublin in 2012. She has established a translational research group based at the UCD Conway Institute where she holds an associate clinical fellowship and is a principal investigator.
Dr Ní Áinle’s research interest explores the role of blood coagulation in the aetiology and therapy of clinical disorders including those affecting pregnant women. Her work has received numerous national and international accolades. She has established an international academic track record publishing in the top journals of her field. She has presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and her work was selected for a Young Investigator Award by the International Society of Haemostasis and Thrombosis (ISTH). Since her appointment she has been awarded several competitive peer-reviewed research funding awards including a prestigious Health Research Board Health Research Award. She treats patients affected with disorders of blood clotting with major interests in thrombosis and maternal haematology.
For more information on Dr Ní Áinle’s research carried out as part of MMI CSFP please see a profile here.
For further information on MMI CSFP fellowship training and for other clinician scientist fellows please visit https://www.crdi.ie/csfp