Irish Laboratory Awards

Congratulations to Prof. Robert Lahue and all in The Lahue Lab, Centre for Chromosome Biology at NUI Galway for their recent success at the inaugural Irish Laboratory Awards. Several members of The Lahue Lab are current or former Irish Research Council Awardees; Aisling Frizzell, Kim Debacker, Anne-Marie Gannon and Norma Keogh. On the night The Lab picked up ‘Medical Laboratory of the Year’ and ‘Pharmaceutical Laboratory of the Year’ for their work on impeding the genetic mutation in the brain that triggers Huntington’s disease.

In making the Awards, the judging panel commented on the value of the Lab’s research into Huntington’s disease: “They have now found the defective gene that indicates the disease, and they are working hard to find way to inhibit it altogether ... with clinical trials currently underway. If they are able to solve this, it will have a huge global impact.” 

The Centre for Chromosome Biology (CCB) at NUI Galway in Ireland hosts an interactive network of researchers investigating topics linked to the biology of genomes. They are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying chromosome replication, segregation, repair, evolution, chromatin regulation and transcription. These processes are fundamental to our growing understanding of genetics and epigenetics, and have important implications for cancer and disease. The Centre currently comprises 11 groups with over 90 researchers and support staff. We have a range of technologies available for studying chromosome biology at the molecular, cellular and organismal level. 

The Irish Laboratory Awards he Irish Laboratory Awards (ILA’s), running for the first time in 2013, recognise excellence and achievement in the laboratory environment, covering management, innovation, collaboration, personnel development and laboratory equipment supply. The Awards offer a vehicle for all professional Irish scientists, industries and suppliers to advocate their science-based work in a competitive setting. The Awards also contribute to Ireland’s ability to measure and maintain standards, to innovate and encourage and to research and develop new ideas which are key enablers in achieving excellence in education, manufacturing and business processes.  

The Irish Research Council were supporters of these Awards for their focus on excellence in basic and applied research carried out in both commercial and academic labs across Ireland, which is viewed as a key element to the future success of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. 


Medical Laboratory of the Year – The Lahue Lab, Cente for Chromosome Biology – National University of Ireland, Galway 

Graham Love, Chief Executive from Molecular Medicine Ireland, presenting the award for Medical Laboratory of the Year to Prof. Robert Lahue, NUIG, for The Lahue Lab, Centre for Chromosome Biology – National University of Ireland, Galway.