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Colm honoured with TCD fellowship

the late broadcaster Colm Murray has been honoured by Trinity College Dublin after a fellowship there was named after him.

The fellowship will help the college further develop its research into Motor Neuron Disease (MND) by enabling a post-graduate student to complete research and training in neurology.

The RTE broadcaster died last year following a three-year battle with the illness.

Mr Murray spent the latter stages of his life creating awareness about MND and also helped in developing treatment for the condition.

Professor of Neurology in Trinity College Orla Hardiman said that the fellowship would be a huge benefit to their research.

"Over the years we have had a lot of generous support and one of the ways we want to develop our unit is to invest in people.

"That is very difficult to do in the middle of a recession so we are very grateful to Colm Murray's family for allowing these fellowships to be put in place," she said.

Research "Critical mass is very important and I think the more people you have the more ideas you can produce to generate research," she added.

The fellowship has been awarded to Parames Iyer, a Clinical Neurologist who is doing his PHD in Trinity.

Professor Hardiman said that this was fitting because Parames worked with Mr Murray during his illness.

Parames said that he felt honoured to be the first recipient of the fellowship.

"He (Colm) worked with us during a drug trial and he was the first person with whom we did some of our testing. We became very good friends and he was a very nice person who never showed any air of being a celebrity," he said.

Professor Hardiman announced two further fellowships named after two late-TDs, Fianna Fail's Michael Fitzpatrick and Fine Gael's Nicky McFadden.

She also announced the inauguration of a Clinical Scientist programme supported by the Iris O'Brien Foundation.

"I know that the recipients will join me and our research team in our objective to make a world that is free of MND," she said.