Dr Mark Watson

Dr Mark Watson

Head of Programmes

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As Head of Programmes, Mark Watson works to identify new partnerships, enhance links and exploit synergies in the different activities of MMI, and identify pathways to sustainability from diverse funding opportunities. He is an Investigator in CÚRAM, the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices; project entitled, 'Developing Key Structures and Resources to Support Medical Device Clinical Research in Ireland'.

Mark joined the forerunner of MMI, the Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre, in 2003 to develop and lead the collaborative education and training mission and information management. In the ensuing years, Mark and his team have worked with the MMI partners and industry to win funding for, develop and deliver widely-available short courses (over 3800 attendees in 11 years) and innovative structured PhD programmes for medical and science graduates. These include PRTLI-funded programmes with budgets totalling over €15m, faculties of 100-plus PIs and over 25 companies offering research placements and long-term mentoring. Another priority area is e-learning development with academia, industry and regulatory bodies. He was acting Chief Executive of MMI from October 2012 to March 2013.

Mark is passionate about building and nurturing multi-stakeholder research and education partnerships that improve health, increase scientific understanding, develop innovative technologies and produce future research leaders. He is a member of the European Personalised Medicine Association, the Pharmatrain Federation and the external advisory board for the Trinity College Dublin PhD in Molecular Medicine.

Before moving to Ireland Mark worked for the Wellcome Trust, based in the Sanger Institute Cambridge, organising international competitive entry practical courses for researchers. Mark graduated in biological sciences in 1990, after a career in the commercial sector. His postgraduate and postdoctoral research, as a Wellcome Prize PhD Student and Wellcome Research Fellow, focused on understanding complexes that carry out critical cellular functions such as DNA transposition and RNA splicing (publications include Cell 85, 435-445; Nature Genetics 20, 46-50).

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