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Breakthrough Cancer Research in partnership with ‘5 For The Fight’ are committed to investing in research which harnesses the immune system in the fight against cancer.  We are also committed to identifying and supporting future research leaders in translational cancer research. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund an excellent cancer immunology scientific research project which shows the promise of impact for cancer patients.

We are pleased to announce a new Cancer Immunology Research Fellowship in partnership with Breakthrough Cancer Research in honour of Dermot Costello who passed away in January 2018. Dermot Costello, Chairman of Qualtrics EMEA, was first diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer in 2014. He used the last months of his illness to kick-start ‘5 For The Fight’ in Ireland and Europe, a campaign that raises funds for cancer research to improve the outcome for patients.

The successful awardee of this 3-year cancer immunology fellowship will join an established clinical translational cancer research facility within UCC and will lead a research team and identify and deliver ways to harness the immune system to eliminate cancer from the body. The clinically-linked research will focus on developing new immune-based treatments for poor prognosis cancers and advanced disease.

In his last month’s Dermot used his huge drive and voice to share his immense optimism and passion for the life-changing impact of cancer research. He did this knowing that he would not be alive long enough to reap the benefits. He did this for others, so no family would have to go through what his family has been through.

It is our hope that this fellowship will play a vital part in honouring the legacy of a man who always gave more than he took.

Breakthrough and ‘5 For The Fight’ are pleased to launch the Dermot Costello Cancer Immunology Fellowship (DCCI) to support an excellent early/mid-career-stage investigator to carry out independent research for a three-year period. The award also provides funding for a postgraduate student and research assistant, who will be primarily supervised by the Breakthrough Investigator (BI).


Fellowship Announcement 9th April 2018
Informal Inquiries  9th  April – 30th July 2018
Deadline for submission of proposals 30th July 2018, 17:00 Dublin Local Time
Short Listed Applicants informed 10th August 2018

Interviews & Formal Offer

End of August 2018



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