Trinity researchers take home award

By Anthea Lacchia

Researchers from the Institute of Molecular Medicine and the Centre for High-Content Analysis in Trinity College were the recipients of GE Healthcare’s High-Content Analysis (HCA) Award.

The lead authors of the award-winning study, Dr Michael Freeley and Dr Dara Dunican, investigated how white blood cells (T lymphocytes) move in the body during immune response. In fact, not only is their movement crucial to an effective immune response, but irregular movement of T lymphocytes into tissues is a major contributing factor in the development of diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Researchers involved used the IN Cell Analyser 1000 to measure a range of parameters related to cell shape and took steps in defining the proteins involved in T lymphocyte migration.