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Dermot joined University of British Colombia in 2015 as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Prior to his appointment at UBC, Dermot served as Vice-President Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, where he also held a concurrent appointment as Dean of the Lee Kong Chian Medical School in Singapore until 2014. Dermot has also served as Head of the School of Medicine and Vice Provost for Medical Affairs at Trinity College, Dublin. Dermot graduated from medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 1978, going on to specialize in gastroenterology.

Author of 300 publications and 14 patents, Dermot’s research examines the immune response to many of the leading causes of gastrointestinal infectious disease worldwide. Over the years he has received many prestigious awards including a Fogarty Scholarship at the University of California San Diego, Wellcome Senior Fellow in Clinical Science, and most recently the Conway Medal from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.  With a strong commitment to innovation and collaboration, Dermot has worked to found several companies (including Deerac Fluidics with Prof. Igor Shvets), supporting both translational developments in biomedical science and fostering collaboration in biomedical research.  He also served as President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine until moving to British Columbia.

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