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Prof. Brian Harvey

Director of Research, DOCTRID International Programme in Research and Technology for Intellectual Disability

Brian Harvey was the first and longest-serving Vice-President for Research appointed in an Irish University from 1998-2010. Through this role, he co-ordinated large-scale national and EU research programmes bringing in over €300million in funding which has contributed to the building of research institutes and the recruitment of hundreds of researchers.  Brian’s role in promoting EU research collaborations has been recognized at home and abroad. He was awarded a knighthood (Chevalier) of the French Order of Merit in 2006 by The President of France for his role in developing Ireland-France scientific exchanges and PhD cotutelle programmes.

In 2000, he was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Humanities and in 2007 elected to the Royal Irish Academy. He is a founding fellow of the Irish Academy of Medical Sciences.   Brian is a co-ordinator of the EU FP7 Marie Curie Career Enhancement Programme for doctoral fellows in Biophotonics (www.nbip.ie.cemp), the Erasmus European Molecular Imaging Doctoral School (www.emids.eu), and a member of the EU COST Action in Cystic Fibrosis (http://www.cost-bm1003.info/). He is Ireland’s national delegate to the EU ESFRI EuroBioImaging Consortium (http://www.eurobioimaging.eu/) and currently serves on the European Research Council Advanced Awards Panel and is expert advisor to the French Research Agency ANR and the Danish Medical & Clinical Sciences Grants Council.

Brian is a physiologist with over 200 publications in the area of molecular endocrinology of steroid  hormone action in cancer and inflammatory disease. His academic roles include Professor and Head of the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (www.rcsi.ie/molmed) and co-ordinator of the National Biophotonics & Imaging Platform Ireland (www.nbipireland.ie). In 2011 he was appointed by the charity RESPECT Ireland as director of research of the DOCTRID international research institute for assistive technologies (www.respect.ie).