Dr Con O’Rourke: A major contributor to the Institute of Biology of Ireland Dr Con O’Rourke (1936-2019), son to Tomás O’Rourke and Ruby Sheehan, is sadly missed by his loving wife Anne, daughters Niamh and Maeve and son Brían, his extended family and his many friends. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.
The Institute of Biology of Ireland awarded gold medals to the highest performing students in this year’s Leaving Certificate Biology examinations at a ceremony in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin on November 20th 2015.
Globally, more than 250 million people suffer from a food allergy with more than 17 million people suffering from food allergies in Europe alone. Food allergy cases have risen by up to 50% in the past decade, with a 700% rise in hospitalisations due to anaphylaxis.
Dr Siobhan Jordan, presented a lecture on March 24th in DCU, on “Biotechnology and creativity – reflections on multidisciplinary degrees” , in conjunction with Dublin City University and the Institute of Biology of Ireland. Siobhan gave an inspiring account of how successful collaborations can be forged between industry and academics and how her multi-disciplinary training assisted her in developing this focused approach in Scotland.
In 2015 the Institute of Biology of Ireland formulated an annual Memorial Prize & Medal Award, in honour of the late Professor Michael Hennerty, UCD. Professor Hennerty was also a Fellow of the Institute of Biology of Ireland, and dedicated in excess of 20 years to its work.