Press Release

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, T.D., launches Jeffrey Modell Foundation Centre

Speaking at the launch of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation Centre today, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, T.D., commended the personal contributions of Vicki and Fred Modell, who are the driving force behind the establishment of the centre.

“The work carried out by Vicki and Fred is a powerful expression of remembrance for their son, Jeffrey, but also of their deep desire to help others in a very positive and real way” said the Minister.

The new Jeffrey Modell Centre in Dublin is one of 76 such centres around the world which are sponsored in part by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation and Baxter, a leading provider of life-saving therapies for treatment of Primary Immune Deficiencies (PID).

The Minister went on to say that the aim of the Centre was “to educate Irish physicians about Primary Immune Deficiencies (PID) and to create public awareness about these disorders to ensure earliest possible diagnosis”. The Centre will also help establish an accurate estimate of PID prevalence in Ireland, while ensuring that best practices are adopted in the treatment of these disorders.

The new Jeffrey Modell Centre in Dublin is a collaborative venture between St James Hospital and Beaumont Hospital under the direction of Professor Con Feighery, Head of Department/Consultant Immunologist in St James Hospital and Dr Mary Keogan Consultant Immunologist, Beaumont Hospital.

The Minister thanked Prof Feighery and Dr Keoghan for their support for the Centre and mentioned that “collaborations such as this are the way forward in the delivery of an optimal level of health service for our patients in the 21st century”.