Lab greening – how you can play your part!

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by Dr. Una FitzGerald, Galway Neuroscience Centre, Founder – ‘Galway Green Labs’ initiative


After completing a BE (Ind Eng) and MSc in Biotechnology at NUIG, Dr FitzGerald worked in the pharmaceutical sector for five years in France and the UK,  before embarking on a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.  Following a brief spell in cancer research, on joining Prof. Sue Barnett’s lab in Glasgow Uni. she discovered her true passion – neuroscience and in particular, research on brain disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Since returning to the University in Galway, Ireland, Dr FitzGerald has built a track record in MS research, is a funded investigator in CÚRAM, the SFI Centre for Research on Medical Devices and is ex-director of the Galway Neuroscience Centre. She is the lead PI and Coordinator of a €3.9M EU-funded Innovative Training Network which is training 15 PhD students across Europe, with the aim of developing a novel device for treating the progressive phase of MS.  In 2019 she led the CÚRAM lab to be the first in Europe to gain Green Lab Certification from My Green Lab and she now chairs a national working group on sustainable public sector labs. Dr FitzGerald’s talk will describe her journey from neuroscience research to climate activism.


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