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Professor Cormac Taylor was the first ever non-US based recipient of the Takeda Distinguished Research Award, presented by the American Physiological Society (APS), since its establishment in 2007. The prestigious award is presented annually, by the Society’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology Section, to an outstanding investigator who has been internationally recognised for his/her contribution to physiological research in these areas.

Professor Taylor is a Professor of Cellular Physiology at UCD’s School of Medicine and a Fellow of UCD Conway Institute and was presented with the award during the 2017 APS Experimental Biology meeting held this week in Chicago.

He leads a UCD research group investigating the mechanisms by which epithelial cells respond to low oxygen levels (hypoxia). The group explores the regulation of gene expression in hypoxic conditions and the potential of targeting oxygen-sensitive cellular pathways in inflammation as a means of treating conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Professor Cormac Taylor said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive the 2017 Takeda Distinguished Researcher Award. This Award, which underscores the importance of investigator-led basic research in medicine, is a testament to the hard work of the PhD students and postdocs who have trained in my lab at University College Dublin over the last number of years.” Founded in 1887, the APS was the first US society in the biomedical sciences field and it currently represents more than 10,500 members, publishing 15 peer-reviewed journals that are read worldwide.