The John Durkan Leukaemia Laboratories at the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St. James’s Hospital were officially opened by the Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern TD, in May 2003.
John Durkan, who rode 93 winners as a jockey, had plans to set up as a racehorse trainer but they were cut short when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. He died in 1998 at the age of 31.
The Laboratories, funded through contributions of €2.7m and €250,000 respectively from the John Durkan Leukaemia Trust Fund and the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust, provide state of the art facilities for the Academic Department of Haematology, Trinity College Dublin, to carry out crucial cutting edge research in the field of leukaemia and related diseases. The laboratories are housed in Trinity College’s Trinity Translational Medicine Institute research building, located in St. James’s Hospital.
Research within the John Durkan Leukaemia Laboratories focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of haematological malignancies and related disorders and the translation of this research into new diagnostics and new therapeutics. There are active research programs in: Clinical Research, Biomarker Research and Novel Drug Development.