National Children's Research Centre

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PICS Organization Name
National Children's Research Centre


Dublin, Ireland

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Tristan Lim '18

Organization Description
The National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital has been at the heart of paediatric research in Ireland since 1965. We offer a full infrastructure to enable translational research into childhood diseases, and have both laboratory and clinical research facilities. NCRC is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of research, it’s contribution to advances in paediatric medicine and the driver of the research agenda in paediatrics. The NCRC is supported by the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation through fundraising and philanthropy. 

Vision and Mission 
Our vision: to be a National Centre for paediatric research and education recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its research, its contribution to advances in paediatric medicine, and a driver of a research agenda in paediatrics. 

Our mission: to investigate the cause, treatment, cure and prevention of children’s diseases and ailments.

Internship Description
An Intern during his/her stay in Dublin will work on a research project entitled “Structure and Molecular Basis of Pulmonary Hypertension in Experimental Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)”. CDH is a relatively common condition occurring in 1 in 2,000 live births and associated with high morbidity and mortality due to severe pulmonary hypoplasia and persistent pulmonary hypertension. Our work focuses mainly on the structure and molecular aspects of endothelial and smooth muscle cells involved in pulmonary hypertension. The intern will work on laboratory based research in one aspect of this research project. Hopefully after three months, they will be able to have a paper for presentation at a Scientific Meeting. In addition to the laboratory work, the intern may be able to take part in clinical conferences. The intern will also be able to attend the Outpatient Clinic, Ward Rounds and Operation Theatre. Arrangements will also be made for the intern to spend a week at the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation which is responsible for raising funds for research.

Internship Qualifications
Lab experience preferred.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
6/1/18 - 8/31/18

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy

Additional Info
Local B&B next to the hospital

Evaluation Excerpt

My internship was an incredibly educationally enriching experience for anyone interested in a medical career or translational medical research. I was mentored directly by two pediatric surgeons while being exposed to numerous scientific research in and around the lab. Working directly with two pediatric surgeons allowed me to better understand a medical doctor’s perspective of research and gain better insight into the critically important questions in pediatric surgery [...] Being attached to the largest children’s hospital in Ireland, it was extremely easy to see the results of our work and the children we were working towards helping.
—Tristan Lim '18

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


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