Prof Kevin B. Nolan retires from Penang Medical College

Prof Kevin B. Nolan, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Registrar of Penang Medical College (PMC) retires in January 2017.

Colleagues celebrated his time with PMC, with a farewell event to recognise his immense contribution to the life of PMC.

“Prof Kevin Nolan has worked tirelessly for PMC since joining in 2014 and this tops his years of service at RCSI before coming to Malaysia. People will continue to speak about you for years to come”, said Professor Stephen Doughty, President and CEO of PMC.


PMC colleagues with Prof Kevin B. Nolan and his wife Conchita at the recent farewell


Professor Nolan received his BSc degree in chemistry with 1st class honours in 1969 and his PhD degree in 1972, both from University College Galway (NUI). Following this, he was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Stirling, University College London and University of Surrey, 1972-1987, and Visiting Professor, University of California San Diego, 1981-1982

Prof Stephen Doughty with Prof Kevin Nolan and his wife Conchita

Professor Nolan was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 1987 and was Chairman of the RSC Ireland Section, 2003 – 2006.  Professor Nolan was lead RCSI principal investigator in the Centre for Synthesis & Chemical Biology a partnership between UCD, RCSI and TCD.  He was Founding Chairman of the Irish Institute of Metal-Based Drugs. His research interests are in medicinal chemistry, specifically in the design and synthesis of hydroxamic acids as enzyme inhibitors and in the synthesis of metal complexes as possible antitumour drugs. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and was awarded a DSc degree (NUI) for his research in 2004.

He was also a recipient of a national award from the National Academy for the Integration of Research and Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) in 2012, the RCSI President’s Teaching Award 2011 and a number of RCSI Students Union Awards for Best Pre-clinical Teacher.

He joined the RCSI in 1987 as Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry, where he also lectured to final year chemistry students at University College Dublin. From 1997, he was Vice-Dean of the RCSI Medical Faculty (Research) and Chairman of the RCSI Research Committee. He was also Foundation Head of the RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies (2006-2013) and, together with Dr Helen McVeigh, oversaw a successful Structured PhD Scholars programme funded by the Health Research Board on ‘Diagnostics & Therapeutics for Human Disease’.

Prof Stephen Doughty (President & CEO) and Prof Jacqueline Ho (Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs and Head of Paediatrics Dept.) with Prof Kevin B. Nolan and his wife Conchita at the recent farewell.

Inscription on the Royal Selangor farewell gift from PMC presented to Prof Kevin Nolan. The large tea caddy marks his preference for tea and is symbolic of his warm nature.