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Ireland’s first space satellite to be developed by UCD

Satellite will detect most powerful explosions in the universe University College Dublin will lead the development of Ireland’s first space satellite after the European Space Agency gave the green light to its EIRSAT-1 project. The Education Irish Research Satellite (EIRSAT-1) will be launched from the International Space Station in 2019 once final approval is received […]

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NUI Galway Study Finds BMI May Be a Factor in How a Child’s Academic Ability is Perceived

A new study by researchers in NUI Galway and Queens University Belfast demonstrates that obesity should not be understood solely as a health issue but rather one that may have much broader economic implications. The findings provide evidence that the body mass index (BMI) of a child’s mother may influence teachers’ perceptions of the academic […]

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Science Foundation Ireland to invest €72m in four new world-class research centres

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) today announced that it will invest €72 million, over the next six years, in four new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland. The new SFI Research Centres will be supported by 80 industry partners who will provide an additional €38 million to support cutting-edge basic and applied research with strong industry […]

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NUI Galway Research on Converting Biomass to High Value Molecules For Drug Discovery

International journal features NUI Galway research on producing higher value chemicals that could be used in drug discovery projects for Type-2 Diabetes and Gaucher Disease Researchers from the School of Chemistry at NUI Galway have produced research that has been published this week in the international journal Synthesis, and has been featured on the journal’s […]

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At TCD, Viewing protein folding helps scientists home in on neurodegenerative disease

A team of international researchers led by Professor in Physics at Trinity, Martin Hegner, an Investigator in CRANN, has for the first time observed how proteins fold while being produced in real time. The work has significant implications for understanding protein synthesis generally, and particularly in neurogenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The team’s findings have just […]

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Single injection ‘could repair damaged hearts’ after world-first trial

A UCC professor has shown in a trial, the first of its kind in the world, that low dose insulin-like growth factor, injected into the heart to repair damage to the muscle, improves remodelling for heart attack patients. Professor Noel Caplice, Chair of Cardiovascular Sciences at UCC, and his cardiologist colleagues at Cork University Hospital […]

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RCSI scientists discover gene that blocks spread of colon cancer

Researchers from RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the University of Nice, France, have discovered the function of a gene called KCNQ1 that is directly related to the survival of colon cancer patients. The gene produces pore-forming proteins in cell membranes, known as ion channels. The finding is an important breakthrough towards the […]

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New Animations to Optimise Care of Lung Disease Patients to be Launched at Cork University Hospital

An innovative new series of locally developed patient education animations that will accompany chronic lung disease patients on their care journey from hospital to home was launched at Cork University Hospital today. The animations will help to optimise the management of patients with respiratory diseases like asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer, Cystic […]

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Medical Students Test their Clinical Skills at SimWars

The School of Medicine at University College Dublin hosted ‘SimWars’, a medical simulation competition for medical and nursing students in Ireland on 25th February. The event was organised by members of the Emergency Medicine Student Society of Ireland EMSSI and saw students work in teams of five to manage a number of simulated medical emergency scenarios […]

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New Irish Centre for Vascular Biology to Seek Out Novel Treatments for Vascular Diseases

New Irish Centre for Vascular Biology to seek out novel treatments for vascular diseases such as thrombosis, stroke, haemophilia and cancer   The Irish Centre for Vascular Biology was launched today at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland). The establishment of the new Irish Centre for Vascular Biology, based at RCSI, will be comprised […]

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Trinity Scientists discover shared genetic origin for MND and schizophrenia

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have shown for the first time that Motor Neurone Disease (MND) — also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — and schizophrenia have a shared genetic origin, indicating that the causes of these diverse conditions are biologically linked. The work has just been published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. By analysing […]

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TCD – New discovery to prevent infections spreading on medical devices

Microbiologists from Trinity College Dublin have discovered how to prevent bacteria from growing on medical devices such as hip replacements and heart valves that are implanted in the human body. Their discovery is a step towards developing new preventative strategies that could have a direct impact on the recovery of patients in the immediate aftermath of a surgical […]

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