Irish Nobel Prize Winner To Visit IT Sligo

One of Ireland’s most eminent scientists, Dr. William C. Campbell, awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015, will on Wednesday visit IT Sligo to launch new cross border programmes in biomedical sciences in partnership with Ulster University.

Dr. Campbell, along with his colleague, Professor Satoshi Omura, was awarded the Nobel Prize for the development of therapies that have revolutionised the treatment of some of the world’s most devastating parasitic diseases.

Dr. Campbell, who is a native of Ramelton in County Donegal, will deliver a lecture on his award-winning work and will launch the new BSc honours degree programmes in Biomedical Sciences, a cross border collaboration between IT Sligo and Ulster University.

The School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University and the School of Science at IT Sligo have developed three innovative, distance-learning BSc (Hons) degree programmes in the Biomedical Sciences.

This is in response to the skills requirement in the relevant clinical and bio-industrial sectors, professional body request, the changing economic environment, and a need for flexible learning opportunities.

Through collaborating on these pioneering new programmes the institutions are making best use of their combined expertise in order to meet the needs of students and employers.

This is the first cross-border collaboration for distance-learning Biomedical Sciences BSc programmes.

Commenting on the collaboration, Interim President of IT Sligo Mr. Colin McLean said: “This is a perfect illustration of how deep cross-border collaboration between two leading Higher Education distance learning providers in Ireland and UK can bring complementary expertise to provide an academically challenging range of science programmes, which are distinctly relevant to the 21st century clinical healthcare and biomedical science work sectors. It also showcases the strength of online learning in tailoring the programmes’ delivery and assessment to match industry’s current and future requirements.

During his visit, Dr. Campbell will also officially open It Sligo’s new Aurivo Auditorium, a new purpose-built 280-seat venue for conferences and meetings.

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Dr William C. Campbell, Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine, visits IT Sligo this week.

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