Our History

“The solution to breast cancer is within our reach. Continued research is imperative to put it within our grasp.”  – Prof Fred Given 1991

Breast Cancer Research was founded as the National Breast Cancer Research Institute in 1991 by Professor Fred Given in order to increase awareness, improve access to treatment and conduct international class research into breast cancer.

On March 10th 1991, former President Mary Robison formally inaugurated the organisation and stated “Breast Cancer in a serious problem, particularly in the West. Galway is very well serviced with expertise and resources. It is important that women are aware of this and start to value their health. It is part of the empowerment of women.”

In 1992, it was estimated that 660 Irish women would die from breast cancer. Professor Fred Given and his team, consisting of two full time technical staff, two research fellows and three post graduate PhD students began working on breast cancer research projects in collaboration with other departments from the university and hospital.

In 2004, Professor Michael Kerin was appointed as research director of Breast Cancer Research.

Today the research team is expanding due to the generosity of those who support the charity. Continued research into breast cancer has significantly improved treatments and outcomes for breast cancer patients.

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