UCD Breakthrough Fund

Every day, UCD researchers are exploring new ways to answer many of life’s biggest questions. They are working to solve the big problems that affect us all. With your help, they may one day make the Breakthrough that could possibly cure cancer, treat dementia or offer a solution to climate change.

It is through the success of our graduates, post-graduates and researchers and the innovations they create, that together we will make a significant impact on the lives of people in Ireland and the world, protecting the future of society.

Your support to the UCD Breakthrough Fund could help ensure our students have all the support they need through the provision of new laboratory facilities and equipment.

Join your fellow classmates today and help change our world for the better with a donation of €250 or as much as you can afford to the UCD Breakthrough Fund


From a promising undergraduate student…

“I had this idea in my head that people who went to college must be from privileged socioeconomic backgrounds, and I wouldn’t be able to fit in easily. However, I was proven completely wrong and I ended up meeting so many people from similar backgrounds to me, from single parent families, or DEIS schools. It’s crazy to think that as a little kid I wanted to be a scientist and now that’s the path I’m actually heading down. My dream has become the reality that I’m living in, and I’m not sure that has sunk in yet. I can’t put into words how grateful I am to the graduates who sponsored my scholarship.”

Claudine Duggan, UCD Genetics student, Year 2

…to a committed PhD scholar…

“For my undergraduate degree I studied genetics, which I really liked. I loved hearing professors talking about their research and what they hoped the result would be. My research now is focused on investigating how opportunistic pathogens interact with the patient’s body and how they establish infection in people with cystic fibrosis. If we can understand how this happens, we can potentially come up with prevention and treatment strategies.”

Sarah Mc Cormack, First-year PhD Student at the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

… to a brilliant, world-renowned scientist.

“Biomedical research can contribute at so many levels – from alerting us to climate change, delivering lifesaving therapies in Ebola and AIDS, to transforming prognoses in cancer and inherited forms of blindness with cell and gene therapies. The rapid emergence of new technologies to allow us to diagnose and treat patients at an increasingly precise level makes this such an exciting time in bioscience. It should give hope to patients, attract investment from politicians and philanthropists and, most importantly, attract our best and brightest to an exciting and noble career.”

Dr Garret FitzGerald is the McNeil Professor in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a UCD Graduate and UCD Alumni Award Winner