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Dr. Laure Marignol

Associate Professor (Radiation Therapy)
TRINITY CENTRE, S J H - PHASE II & III


Laure Marignol, PhD is an Associate Professor in Radiobiology at the Discipline of Radiation Therapy in the School of Medicine. She is an Elected Fellow of the University. Head of Research for her Discipline, she drove the creation of the Applied Radiation Therapy Trinity (ARTT) research group, while leading her Translational Radiobiology and Molecular Oncology research laboratory. Dr. Marignol has worked for over 12 years on the problem of the selective destruction of cancer cells with ionising radiation, through the design in vitro models, the molecular classification of disease, and innovations in therapeutic approaches. Her work mostly focused on prostate cancer owing to her close relationship with the Urology Department at St James's Hospital. With close to 100 peer-reviewed research works, she is best known for her earlier work on understanding the molecular impact of oxygenation levels on the response of prostate tumours to radiation. Her research also focuses on novel approaches to improving cell lethality by radiation. She is serving as Chair of the Irish Radiation Research Society and advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She sits on the Radiobiology committee of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and joined the Faculty of their course in Basic Clinical Radiobiology. She holds an editorial position with Nature Scientific Reports. Recipient of the highly competitive St Luke's Young Investigator Award of the Royal Irish Academy of Medicine, she was awarded grant funding from the Irish Cancer Society and Science Foundation Ireland. Dr. Marignol is also known for her ability to train students and Health Care Professionals on the research process. She received a Teaching Award from the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences to develop her 5-step research guide into the online Trinity Research Education Environment (TREE). Priding herself in being fair, a value most appreciated by her students and peers, Dr. Marignol has developed her career through the combination of a love of learning, a need to be challenged and an awareness that kindness is key to progress. She believes in embracing the possibility of a second chance and takes pleasure in exploring a hunch, in hearing the perspective of others and in encouraging the scientific community to continue to explore her field. She lives near Dublin with her husband and three young children. She regularly visits her family in Avignon, France.
  Biological Markers   Biomedical Research Resources, Other   Cancer genetics and cell biology including metastasis   Cell Lines   Clinical Radiobiology   Data Management/Analysis   DNA   Drug Delivery Systems   Exercise   Gene Expression   Genetic Manipulation   Genomics   Inhibitors   Lung Cancer   Mathematical modelling   Medical Outcomes   Metabolism, Protein   Methods of Drug Delivery   Molecular Biology   Oncology   Precision Medicine   Prostate cancer   Proteins and Macromolecules   Radiomics   Radiotherapy   Radiotherapy, Biological response modifiers and chemoprevention   Sex differences in radiation biology   Stem Cell   Therapeutic and Clinical oncology   Tissue Culture   Transgene Expression   Urogenital System   Urology
 Creating the next-generation Cancer cell DNA damaging agent
 Tumours have a sex: Impact on disease development and treatment response.
 Development of a Companion diAgnostic teSt for radiotheraPy prostAte canceR patients (CASPAR)
 Prognosis potential of miRNAs in high risk radiotherapy prostate cancer patients
 Reduced oxygenation does not protect all prostate cancer cells from radiation: a new role for hypoxia in radiation therapy?

Details Date
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Advisory Committee (Ireland) ( Minister Appointed Radiobiology advisor) July
Cancers (Special Issue Invited Guest Editor) July
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 2021 Conference Scientific Advisory Group (Radiobiology Symposium development, Session chair, Abstract Reviewer) April
Basic Radiobiology Teaching Course, European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (Faculty member) September
University of Manchester, UK (PhD external Examiner) July
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Faculty of Radiologists, FRCR Radiobiology Examination Preparation course (Radiation Oncology Registrars) (Radiobiology Course development, Instructor (Radiobiology); Tutor (Statistics)) June
University College Dublin, School of Medicine. Professional Certificate in Radiation Safety. (Curriculum developer, Instructor). June
Protocol for treatment interruption Compensation, Lung Radiation Therapy due to COVID-19 (Radiobiology Advisor) May
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 2020 Conference Scientific Advisory Group (Radiobiology Symposium development, Session chair, Abstract Reviewer) December
Irish Radiation Research Society (Chair) February
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, Radiobiology Committee (Invited Member)
St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network - Radiobiology Steering Committee (Invited member) May
Nature Scientific Reports (Editor) June
Journal Reviewer - Molecular Biology Reports Urology Advances in Radiation Oncology Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology technical innovations and patient support in radiation oncology International Journal of Molecular Medicine Cancers June
The Wellcome - HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training Programme (Supervisor) June
Grant Reviewer - Medical Research Council (UK), COST Action (European Commission), EIT Health COVID Rapid response (European Commission), ERA PerMed (European Commission) June
Journal reviewer - Frontiers Oncology Clinical breast cancer Journal of Clinical Medicine Cells Molecular Oncology Oncology reports Oncology letters Oncotarget June
GANIL (Grand Accélérateur d'Ions Lourds) - Application Reviewing Committee member June
Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland (PhD external examiner) December
Irish Radiation Research Society (Deputy Chair) December
Irish Radiation Research Society (Secretary) December
Grant Reviewer - Leading Fellows Postdoc Programme (The Netherlands) March
University of Cape Town, South Africa (PhD external examiner) September
Irish Radiation Research Society (Treasurer) December
International Exchange, Global Health Disparities Research Training Program, Division of Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA. (Invited Mentor) July
University of New South Wales, Australia (PhD external examiner) November
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Basic Basic Basic
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Irish Radiation Research Society 2013 Present
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) 2009 Present
Radiation Research Society (USA) 2007 Present
Irish Association for Cancer Research 2003 Present
Adrian Fuentes-Bonachera, Darragh Waters, A. Meunier, Rustom P. Manecksha, Laure Marignol, Thomas H. Lynch, Sex in Bladder cancer research: an overview, SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Sarah Barrett , Andrew J Simpkin , Gerard M Walls , Michelle Leech , Laure Marignol , Geometric and dosimetric evaluation of a commercially available auto-segmentation tool for gross tumour volume delineation in locally advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: a feasibility study, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2020, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  DOI
Meunier A, Marignol L., The radiotherapy cancer patient: female inclusive, but male dominated., International journal of radiation biology, 2020, p1-6 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Darragh Waters , Adrian Fuentes-Bonachera , Armelle Meunier , Rustom P. Manecksha, Laure Marignol and Thomas H. Lynch, Kidney Cancer Research: Sex-Inclusive but Sex-Unspecific, Clinical Oncology and Research, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Bates, Mark, Boland, Anna, McDermott, Niamh, Marignol, Laure, YB-1: The key to personalised prostate cancer management?, Cancer Letters, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Armelle Meunier, Laure Marignol, The radiotherapy cancer patient: female inclusive, but male dominated, International Journal of Radiation Biology, 2020, p1--21 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Michelle Leech, Sarah Osman, Suneil Jain, Laure Marignol, Mini review: Personalization of the radiation therapy management of prostate cancer using MRI-based radiomics, Cancer Letters, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
James Clerkin, Kate Connor, Kieron Sweeney, Kieron White, Stephen G. Maher, Laure Marignol, Jochen Prehn , David O'Brien, Annette T. Byrne, Establishing a clinically relevant model of Glioblastoma in young and aged mice, encompassing standard of care treatment and immune checkpoint inhibition (ICI, Irish Association for Cancer Research , Galway, February 2020, 2020, Poster, PRESENTED
Wei Ang, Laure Marignol, Pro-con of proton: dosimetric advantages of intensity-modulation over passive scatter for thoracic malignancies , Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 2020, Review Article, IN_PRESS
Laure Marignol, Radiobiology of particles therapy: principles and latest advances, ESTRO meets Asia , Singapore, 2019, European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED  URL
  

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Elizabeth Forde, Michelle Leech, Charlotte Robert, Elizabeth Heron, Laure Marignol, Influence of Inter-Observer Delineation Variability on Radiomic Features of the Parotid Gland, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO2020, Online, August 2020, 2020, Poster, PUBLISHED

  

Award Date
Election to Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin 10/04/2017
Faculty of Health Sciences, Dean's Research Award 2020
Cancer Immunology Stimulus Award 2018
GANIL (Grand Accélérateur d'Ions Lourds) Beam Access Award 2018
Faculty of Health Sciences, Dean's Teaching Award 2015
Science Foundation Ireland, TIDA 2017
Early Career Investigator Award, Radiation Research Society (USA) October 2017
Irish Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer Project Grant 01/12/2012
Travel Award, Radiation Research Society, USA 2010
6th St Lukes Young Investigator Award 2009
Early investigator award, Association for Radiation Research (UK) 2007
Radiobiology is a field of science that emerged from our ability to treat diseases with ionising radiation. I am intrigued by the complexity of the biological effects of radiation and feel compelled to pick at the puzzle. Cancer patients will never meet me, but I rejoice in the opportunity to help radiation Oncologists solve their challenges in ensuring that each patient can receive the best treatment for their disease. Radiobiology's pillars were defined by a few great and I feel privileged to have brought this field to Trinity and to both disseminate its legacy and contribute to its future in Ireland and internationally. I have extensively studied the impact of tumour microenvironmental factors on the biology of prostate tumours. My PhD work demonstrated that hypoxia could enable control therapeutic gene expression and has enabled others to purse this approach. My subsequent participation in the debate on the protective effect of hypoxia after radiation exposure, and its ability to affect the efficacy of commonly used chemotherapeutic agents shaped my transformation into an independent PI. My first grant selected for radioresistant prostate cancer cells, establishing a unique model to characterise the molecular mechanisms of the radiation response. I tested the prognostic potential of miRNAs, small, non-coding RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression, and identified novel miRNAs regulating radioresistance in prostate cancer cells. I proposed that the signalling pathways that regulate several cancer cells capabilities such as Notch and YB-1 as key to the survival of cancer cells to radiation, and identified deregulation of the Notch-3 receptor across cell line models of advancing disease stages and in patient specimens of high grade disease. My second grant examined the commercial potential of these findings for the development of a novel diagnostic test. Along the way, I have learnt that heterogeneity will prevail, and diversity in approaches is essential. I pushed the boundaries, investigating physical properties (functional imaging), learning the practical challenges of delivering radiotherapy, enabling my colleagues at the Discipline of Radiation Therapy to progress their research in the process. Together, we have demonstrated that molecular imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), can advance our ability to assess prostate cancer; we have explored the impact of patient rotation on the treatment of lung cancer patient with radiotherapy. More recently I have questioned the potential impact of the differences between male and female biology. My next research objective is to enable my discoveries to inform both the prediction of clinical outcome to a radiotherapy treatment and the optimisation of a radiotherapy protocol to best treat tumours. To do so, next propose to devise a novel strategy for the selective generation of a large amount of DNA damage in single cancer cells. I have already, amongst others, demonstrated increased cell survival capacity in response to radiation exposure is associated with both reduced induction of DNA DSB and increased DNA repair capacity. While efforts to modify the DNA damage response are yielding encouraging results, this work will leverage my expertise and network, generate new opportunities while maintain the reputation of my unique, internationally recognised radiobiology lab and extended research group.