The Trust was delighted to welcome Sir Alex Markham, Chairman of the Lister Institute, to see first hand the work of the Iveagh Hostel and the major contribution it makes to alleviating homelessness in Dublin.
Like the Trust, the Lister Institute, or the British Institute of Preventive Medicine as it was first called, benefitted from the philanthropy of our founder Edward Cecil Guinness. Sir Edward donated a staggering £250,000 to secure its future towards the end of the 1890s – just as construction of the Bull Alley Estate was getting underway.
For over 125 years, the Lister Institute has funded pioneering medical research; developing vaccines to eradicate infectious disease, advance medicine, and crucially, transform outcomes for patients.
In 1984 a highly significant discovery was made by Sir Alec Jeffreys, one of the first Lister Fellows, when he discovered that no two people, (other than identical twins) had the same DNA fingerprint. The development and significance of this finding made medical history and Sir Alec is recognised as the inventor of genetic fingerprinting, and the father of DNA Profiling.
Today, the Institute remains at the cutting-edge, offering funding programmes to identify and provide researchers with the appropriate support at crucial stages in their careers.
We very much look forward to building on our shared history and developing closer ties with the Lister Institute, as they continue to drive advances in medicine.