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Walter Kolch

Director of Systems Biology Ireland

Prior to his appointment as SBI Director, Professor Walter Kolch was a Senior Group Leader at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, and Professor for Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Walter is also Director of the UCD Conway Institute, an interdisciplinary flagship Research Institute for biomolecular and biomedical research. This reflects the close relationship of SBI and biomedical research.

While at the University of Glasgow he founded and directed the Sir Henry Wellcome Functional Genomics Facility (http://www.gla.ac.uk/functionalgenomics/) in 2001 which was one of the first facilities worldwide that integrated genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics under one roof. Before moving to SBI in August 2009 he was Scientific Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) Proteomics Technologies RASOR (http://www.gla.ac.uk/rasor/), a £15Mi multidisciplinary and multi-University research project for the development of innovative proteomics technologies. It also has a very successful Doctoral Training Centre affiliated.

Originally trained as a medical doctor he has spent most of his career working in research with a focus on the analysis of kinase signalling networks. Having worked in pharmaceutical industry, Research Institutes and Universities he has wide experience in basic research, translational and commercial aspects the life science research sector. An acknowledged expert in the understanding of kinase signalling pathways, particularly in the field of Raf and MAP kinase cascades, Walter has applied systems biology approaches to these studies and is recognised as a leader in this field of research. He has a wide network of academic colleagues worldwide within the area of systems biology. His decision to relocate to Ireland and establish the SBI centre here at UCD provides an opportunity to build on these networks globally.


Presentation topic: CASyM and the road to Systems Medicine.

The Coordinating Action Systems Medicine – CASyM is a European consortium that joined forces to develop an implementation strategy (road map) for Systems Medicine. CASyM is about all aspects of medicine, and emphasizing clinical medicine, from clinical trials through public health and data handling, to application of Systems Medicine and medical economics. CASyM will assess the basis for a European Systems Medicine paradigm and will assist the medical community in creating the foundation for a new perspective by focusing on an approach based on personalized, predictive, preventive and participatory (4P) medicine.

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Wednesday, March 6