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The mesentery: A ‘new’ organ you didn’t know you had

In case you’ve ever wondered what connects your intestine to your abdomen, there’s a word — and now, a single organ — for that: the mesentery. But don’t worry; you haven’t grown a new organ. It’s always been there, performing important functions that affect systems throughout the body, from cardiovascular to immunological. Leonardo da Vinci […]

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Students from Trinity recognized by ‘Junior Nobel Prize’

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) gathered 150 of the world’s top undergraduate students in Dublin for the 2016 UA Global Summit in Dublin, including seven students from Trinity College Dublin. Cited as the ultimate champion of high-potential undergraduates, and often referred to as a “junior Nobel Prize”, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest international academic […]

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University of Limerick professor outlines evidence for categorising mesentery as organ

A University of Limerick (Ireland) professor has identified an emerging area of science having reclassified part of the digestive system as an organ. The mesentery, which connects the intestine to the abdomen, had for hundreds of years been considered a fragmented structure made up of multiple separate parts. However, research by Professor of Surgery at […]

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UCC scores gold at synthetic biology competition

UCC’s Limited Lactis team was awarded a gold medal recently at the iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in Boston. More than 600 teams from top universities across the globe, including MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford took part in the competition, which is held up as the gold standard for ‘research-led education’. The Cork […]

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Leading expert in cardiology joins NUI Galway to lead €5 million project in medical devices

Professor William Wijns, an expert in cardiology, has joined NUI Galway as Professor of Medical Devices. He will spearhead a €5 million research project, which will develop wearable sensors to alert patients at high risk of heart attacks to triggers such as stress or high blood pressure. Professor Wijns joins the University through the Science […]

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10 Things to Know About…” presenter to be put through paces on VR medical training simulators at RCSI

2016 will be known as the year when virtual reality (VR) finally broke into the entertainment mainstream, but is it paving the way for the future of healthcare education? This topic will be explored in this evening’s episode of RTE’s programme, “10 Things to Know About…” which will look at some of the virtual reality […]

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UCD graduate elected first female President of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

  Infectious disease specialist Professor Mary Horgan has been elected President Designate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). She will be the first woman to hold the post in the college’s 360-year history. “Ireland is recognised globally for the high quality of its medical graduates and trainees,” said Professor Horgan on her […]

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RCSI research and innovations on concussion and balance rehabilitation to feature on RTE science show

Sports performance is on the agenda for evening’s episode of RTE One programme, “10 Things to Know About…”, and research into concussion, human movement, balance and dizziness by RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) experts will be at the forefront of this programme. This episode, featuring Dr Dara Meldrum of RCSI’s School of Physiotherapy […]

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Trinity researchers win Royal Society University Research Fellowships

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have won three of the five prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowships awarded in Ireland this year. The University Research Fellowship programme, which is co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland, aims to provide outstanding early career scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity […]

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Trinity divests from fossil fuels as part of global campaign

Trinity answers the call of Student Campaign ‘Fossil Free TCD’ and becomes first university in Ireland to pull investment in fossil fuels Trinity College Dublin has decided to sell off all of its investments in companies whose primary business is in the extraction of fossil fuels. It is the first university on the island of […]

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Three-minute presentation on more accessible and affordable cancer screening wins first prize at NUIG’s Threesis

Bárbara Oliveira took first prize at NUI Galway’s third annual Threesis Competition which took place last week. The winner was judged on how well they conveyed and communicated their research to a general audience. A PhD student at NUI Galway, Bárbara’s presentation was on using microwave breast imaging to enable more accessible and affordable cancer […]

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UL – New Cystic Fibrosis Device To Reduce Antibiotic Usage

A medical device for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferers which lessens their exposure to infections resulting in fewer doctors’ visits, reduced antibiotic usage and shorter hospital stays, is expected to be market ready within two years. University of Limerick (UL) inventors recently secured funding for the new percussion device that helps remove mucus from the airways […]

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