William Wallace (1791-1837)

William Wallace (1791-1837)

RCSI Research Day Origins 

Experimental medical research has been at the heart of RCSI since its founding in the late 18th century. From surgical techniques to blood transfusion, many advances in healthcare knowledge and understanding have come from the medical professionals associated with the college. Traditionally and to this day, seminars and departmental meetings take place for scientists and clinical practitioners alike to present the findings for their current work.

Modern Day


Seán Quinlan, Mariana Alvez and Alba Jimenez at Research Day 2015

In the early 1980’s a formal annual one-day RCSI Research Day was established in order to bring together researchers of varying disciplines for a series of presentations on the scientific advancements from the previous years.

The increase in size and scope of Research Day through to its current state is a reflection on modern Ireland. Ireland has become a leading country for the export of medical devices and pharmaceutical products in the world. In tune with this economic shift, Ireland is seen as a location for high impact research carried out at both an industry and academic level.

RCSI reflects this situation with the scale and impact that Research Day has grown to with over 200 oral and poster presentations throughout last year’s Research Day 2019. By national and international standards RCSI is a small college, however the volume of high quality research being produced each year shows that we can make our impact felt and maintain a reputation as a leader in advancing the understanding of human health.

RCSI is ranked in the top two per cent of institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018-2019) and is in the top 50 in the world for ‘International Outlook’.  It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide. Our field-weighted citation impact (2013-2017) is twice the world average and ranks 102nd in the world (THE World University Ranking 2019).