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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Bursary to allow research at IT into Alzheimer's

Richard O’Boyle (Allergan Ireland), Patricia Regan (postgraduate research student IT Sligo), Paul Coffey (Vice President and Westport Plant General Manager, Allergan Ireland), Jeremy Bird (Head of Faculty of Science IT Sligo)
Richard O’Boyle (Allergan Ireland), Patricia Regan (postgraduate research student IT Sligo), Paul Coffey (Vice President and Westport Plant General Manager, Allergan Ireland), Jeremy Bird (Head of Faculty of Science IT Sligo)

An IT Sligo student has been awarded a bursary to allow her continue her research into Alzheimer's disease.

Patricia Regan of the Faculty of Science has been announced as the winner of the Allergan Innovation Award. The award, which comes with a bursary of €7,500 will go towards furthering Patricia's pioneering research into Alzheimer's disease, entitled: "Towards diagnostic and theranostic glycosylation biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease". This specialist scientific analysis will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Margaret Doherty, a leading lecturer in Biomedical Science at IT Sligo. Patricia, from Grange, has been a student at IT Sligo since 2013, achieving a First Class Honours in BSc in Medical Biotechnology before continuing her studies at the Institute through a Master's in Bioanalytical Chemistry.

Through a multi-disciplinary approach to glycosylation analysis, which examines unique cellular structures, the Allergan Innovation Award will allow for the combination of several complementary techniques, to provide novel insights into understanding this debilitating neurological disorder. Recognised for playing a crucial role in normal brain development, further studies of glycosylation profiles such as this aims to provide pivotal diagnostic evidence in the field of Alzheimer's research.

Dr Jeremy Bird , Head of the Science Faculty at IT Sligo commented: "IT Sligo is deeply appreciative of Allergan's commitment to supporting research in the region and IT Sligo's ambition to build research structures towards a regional Technical University. We are delighted Patricia has been chosen as the recipient of this award which will allow her to further progress her research studies in Alzheimer's disease."

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