Jefferson All-Island Ireland Center

The All-Island Ireland Center is creating opportunities for study, research, hands-on learning and cultural engagement. While peer-to-peer activities have existed for many years between Thomas Jefferson University faculty and academic and research leaders in Greater Ireland, it was the formalization of the agreement between the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) in Dublin and the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB) in the Philadelphia area that brought a renewed focus to formalizing the relationship. In addition, a long history of collaboration and student exchanges already exists between Ulster University and Jefferson’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment, including hosting Ulster students at Jefferson, after visits to its campus by Jefferson Deans Barbara Klinkhammer (College of Architecture and the Built Environment) and Steve Williams (College of Rehabilitation Sciences). Richard Derman, Jefferson’s associate provost for Global Affairs, continues to collaborate with Ulster and other academic partners to explore priorities for joint programming in Architecture, Rehabilitation Sciences, Integrative Medicine and Maternal Child Health.

Center Director

Richard Derman, MD, MPH, FACOG

Associate Provost, Office of Global Affairs
Director, Global Health Research
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology




  • National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT)
  • Ulster University, Belfast
  • Technological University Dublin
  • University College Dublin
  • The Institute for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ISQua—Dublin)


  • Dr. Derman was chosen as the sole American representative to sit on the research oversight committee of Technological University Dublin, Ireland’s first technological university.
  • Dr. Theresa Freeman was funded for her R01 to study the impact of cold plasma in preventing sepsis at the site of orthopedic implants, through NIH and the Good-Friday mechanism, with academic partners at Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and Queens University Belfast.
  • An MOU has been developed between Ulster University and Jefferson's Colleges of Rehabilitation Sciences and Architecture and the Built Environment.
  • Jefferson is collaborating with University College Dublin on a research proposal to expand the role of community health workers and point-of-care testing related to sepsis.
  • Formal research collaborations are being developed in the area of autism spectrum disorders among faculty at University College Dublin, Ben-Gurion University and Jefferson.
  • Jefferson College of Population Health has maintained a unique relationship with The Institute for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ISQua—Dublin), which has led to the development of online degree-granting courses well-suited for international audiences.