GMI opens city-centre research clinic in Dublin

The popular GenoFit research study is the first to launch at the new Pearse Street location

Irish life sciences company, Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI), has opened a research clinic in Dublin’s city centre which will greatly boost precision medicine research and discovery in Ireland. The new GMI clinic is open to the public and is situated in the Trinity Central building on Pearse Street, Dublin 2, adjacent to the Trinity College Biomedical Sciences Institute and Pearse Street train station.

At present, the unit will facilitate the expansion of GMI’s popular GenoFit programme, an innovative research study currently running in association with the UCD Institute of Sport and Health, which has counted over 3,000 participants since its launch in 2017. The study aims provide a comprehensive view of the potential genetic factors contributing to fitness and health, which may result in the identification of specific genetic factors that protect an individual against the development of a particular health condition, and could lead to the development of targeted interventions to improve our health in the future.

Speaking at the launch, personal trainer and broadcaster Karl Henry said, “I’m glad to be here today to help kick-start the GMI Clinic and the first GenoFit sessions at this new site. I love crunching the numbers behind our physiology, which is why it’s great to hear that everyone participating in GenoFit will receive feedback on key health metrics such as a DEXA scan for bone mineral density, blood sugar & blood pressure levels and BMI measurements at no cost. And the volunteers will also be assisting in genomic research studies that will in time benefit Irish patients with chronic illnesses, so it’s a win-win for everyone. I’d encourage everyone to have a go, learn something new about themselves, and contribute to the future of the Irish healthcare system in the process.”

Dr. Anne Jones, CEO, Genomics Medicine Ireland, added, “Genomics is the future of medicine – it holds enormous potential in terms of research and discovery of new precision medicines for the successful treatment of conditions without toxic side effects. This new city-centre clinic will bring genomics to the people, making it much easier for the public to get involved in our studies. More participants means richer data and better research results and this new clinic will help considerably in realising our goal of participation from 1 in every 10 people in Ireland.”

Professor Giuseppe De Vito, Head of the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, and Dean of Performance Science, added “I’ve been working with GMI on GenoFit since it launched in UCD in September 2017, so I’m delighted to see it expand to the city centre. The new clinic looks fantastic, and its convenient location should encourage even more people to benefit from a free mini health and fitness test while also contributing to vital health research in Ireland.”

GenoFit appointments at the GMI Pearse Street clinic are now open at www.genofit.ie.