Two NUI Galway buildings vie for national awards

Two NUI Galway buildings have been shortlisted for major national awards in the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards. The recently completed Mayo Medical Academy building is shortlisted for the Heritage and Conservation Award, while the Clinical and Translational Research Facility has been shortlisted for the prestigious title of Engineering Project of the Year, which will be decided by public vote.

NUI Galway’s HRB Clinical Research and Lambe Institute for Translational Research Facility, by Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers, is based on the grounds of University Hospital Galway. The co-location of these two facilities in one building means basic laboratory research conducted in the translational research facility can be evaluated in clinical trials in the clinical research facility, and this ultimately benefits patients.

The two facilities have worked on a number of types of studies including predicting risk of breast cancer, stem cell trials, clinical trials in blood cancer patients, and investigations into how implantable medical devices can provide new solutions for patients.

To vote for NUI Galway’s Clinical and Translational Research Facility in the Public Choice category visit bit.ly/votenuigalway

Under the Public Choice Award section tick the NUI Galway HRB Clinical Research & Lambe Institute for Translational Research Facility, and click ‘vote’.

The world-class research facilities at NUI Galway’s HRB Clinical Research and Lambe Institute for Translational Research Facility were opened in 2015 by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

At the opening An Taoiseach remarked that the facility “represents the point where research and healthcare meet – where ‘bench’ meets ‘bedside’. The advances made by researchers and clinicians in this facility will undoubtedly lead to better frontline health outcomes and will ultimately improve patients’ lives.”

The proximity of the university to UHG enables direct patient access and collaborative trial input from the hospital oncology/haematology clinical trials unit. The Clinical Research Facility will ensure that patients in the west and northwest have access to a number of new cancer therapies that would otherwise not have been available to them.

These are the latest in a string accolades for the many new buildings across the NUI Galway campus, including the new Engineering Building, which won Best Public Choice Award in 2012.

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