Research Programme

Tony McElligott’s Research Programme

Tony McElligott, a native of County Kerry, graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry from University College Cork and subsequently obtained a PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Ulster.

Since joining The John Durkan Leukaemia Laboratories in Trinity College and St James’s Hospital in 2002, he has built up a research programme investigating the cellular and molecular basis of haematological malignancies.

He has presented his work at national and international conferences, including the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, and his research has been published in prestigious scientific journals, including Cancer Research and the British Journal of Cancer.

He has served on the Board of Trinity College Dublin and is the incoming Scientific Secretary of the Haematology Association of Ireland. He was appointed the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust Assistant Professor in Molecular Haematology in April


Stem Cell Transplant Unit

BMLT raises €240,000 towards state of the art Unit revamp

The Unit (Denis Burkitt Ward) has had a state of the art revamp over a six weeks time frame in 2013 and supported with BMLT funds of €240,000.

The Unit was fitted with new catering services, non touch plumbing and lighting and hi-tech digital wiring to minimise the overall paper load.

BMLT continues to raise money in support of the unit and the unit remains the only one in the country offering allogeneic stem cell transplantation (stem cells from a donor) for adult patients.


Durkan Laboratories

The John Durkan Leukaemia Laboratories at the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St. James’s Hospital

The John Durkan Leukaemia Laboratories at the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St. James’s Hospital were officially opened by the Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern TD, in May 2003.

John Durkan, who rode 93 winners as a jockey, had plans to set up as a racehorse trainer but they were cut short when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. He died in 1998 at the age of 31.

The Laboratories, funded through contributions of €2.7m and €250,000 respectively from the John Durkan Leukaemia Trust Fund and the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust, provide state of the art facilities for the Academic Department of Haematology, Trinity College Dublin, to carry out crucial cutting edge research in the field of leukaemia and related diseases. The laboratories are housed in Trinity College’s Trinity Translational Medicine Institute research building, located in St. James’s Hospital.

Research within the John Durkan Leukaemia Laboratories focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of haematological malignancies and related disorders and the translation of this research into new diagnostics and new therapeutics. There are active research programs in: Clinical Research, Biomarker Research and Novel Drug Development.


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