Launch of PiNNacle funded by the Presentation Sisters

Wednesday 12 December saw the launch of PiNNacle, an innovative research project which aims to build teaching capacity in the developing world. Led by Professors Deirdre Raftery and Marie Clarke in the School of Education, this project will identify and promote what is best in teacher education for women teachers in developing contexts and provide generous Masters scholarships for women teachers from pilot schools in India and Pakistan to study at UCD.

We were pleased to welcome the Presentation Sisters, who have so generously supported this project, Ambassador Sandeep Kumar from the Embassy of India and Ambassador Shuja Alam from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.  Both Ambassadors were eager to express their full support of PiNNacle and the education and empowerment of girls and women in India and Pakistan.  Sister Margarita spoke so impassionately about their ‘explicit mission to work for the transformation of unjust systems, the Integrity of Creation, and the flourishing of humanity and earth’.  She also spoke about the Presentation Sisters’ commitment in ‘supporting important projects that strive to eliminate human trafficking, eradicate rape as a weapon of war, resist gender-based violence and violence against women, defend indigenous peoples and migrants, and support the education of girls and women’.

We used this important event to congratulate Dr Mags Liddy on becoming the new Nano Nagle Newman Fellow in Education, who will spend the next two years researching sustainable models of teacher education for developing world contexts. Congratulations to the School of Education and UCD Foundation for enabling this worthwhile collaboration.

NCRC supports a new Chair in paediatric haemato-oncology

The Brendan McGonnell UCD Professor of Paediatric Molecular Haemato-Oncology has been established at the UCD School of Medicine with thanks to an award provided by the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) and funded by the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) Crumlin. This is a truly fitting gesture in memory of Mr. McGonnell and his extraordinary philanthropy. We sincerely extend our gratitude to the NCRC and CMRF for their commitment to advance research into paediatric and adolescent cancers of the blood, and to improve survival rates for those affected.


Professor Jonathan Bond has been appointed to the Chair. He will establish a research group, lead a competitive paediatric research programme and contribute to teaching within the UCD Medicine degree programmes.


Child and young adolescent haematological cancers account for approximately 40% of all cancers in children up to the age of 16. Professor Bond’s research programme, which will be carried out at Systems Biology Ireland, UCD, will focus on understanding how normal gene regulation is subverted in acute leukaemia with the ultimate goal of developing new and better treatments for every child and adolescent with this blood cancer.


Professor Bond completed his undergraduate medical study at Trinity College Dublin and trained as a clinical paediatric haematologist in Ireland before obtaining his PhD in Molecular Haematology at Imperial College London. Before his appointment to the Chair, Professor Bond underwent a research fellowship at the Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, in Paris. His main research interest is trying to understand how normal gene regulation gets subverted in acute leukaemia. We are absolutely delighted to welcome Professor Bond, he will be a hugely significant asset to research into paediatric haemato-oncology at UCD.

Brendan McGonnell, a businessman, philanthropist and vintage car enthusiast


Dr Jacintha Kelly, Chief Executive, NCRC; Prof Jonathan Bond, Brendan McGonnell UCD Professor of Paediatric Molecular Haemato-Oncology; and Prof Owen Smith CBE, Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine.