RCSI research to feature three episodes in current series

Research from RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) will feature prominently in the television programme “10 Things to Know About…” which kicks off on RTE One at 8.30pm this evening. RCSI will feature in three of the six episodes in this; the second series of the show. Tonight’s episode, titled “Staying Young”, will feature cutting-edge research on bone regeneration, conducted by Professor Fergal O’Brien and his team, including Dr Sara Barreto and Dr Arlyng Gonzalez at the College.

Pictured (l-r) is Prof Fergal O’Brien, Dr Sara Barreto, Dr Arlyng Gonzalez and Jonathon McCrea

The programme is once again fronted by Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, Kathriona Devereux and Jonathan McCrea, who will investigate some of the most exciting and ground-breaking science projects underway in Ireland. This time around each episode is themed on a certain scientific topic which gives ten key learnings to viewers on that research area. Tonight’s episode, will investigate some of the new ways in which Irish science is trying to help people stay young.

Pictured (l-r) is Prof Fergal O’Brien, Dr Sara Barreto, Dr Arlyng Gonzalez and Jonathon McCrea 

Presenter Jonathan McCrea comes to RCSI to meet Professor Fergal O’Brien and his Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG) which is part of RCSI’s Department of Anatomy, who are conducting exciting new research that shows that what we can learn from children’s genes about their amazing capacity to create and repair bone could hold the key to a cure for Osteoporosis.

Here is a brief rundown of how RCSI has contributed to other episodes in the series:

“Sports Performance” – Monday 12th December 2016 (8.30pm – RTE One)
Episode six of “10 Things To Know About…” features RCSI’s Dr Dara Meldrum (School of Physiotherapy) who is collaborating with Kitman Laboratories who are seeking to improve motion monitoring and data collection methods to further their understanding of the increased risk of lower muscle injuries after concussion. Dara’s research and work into developing an app to rehabilitate inner-ear imbalance – a common symptom of concussion.

“Virtual Reality” –Monday 19th December 2016 (8.30pm – RTE One)
In the seventh and final episode of the series, Kathriona Devereux visits RCSI and speaks to Donncha Ryan (Department of Surgical Affairs) about his recently-developed virtual reality app which is the world’s first fully interactive virtual reality medical training simulator, allowing users simulate emergency room management of a patient following a road traffic accident.