Trinity College Dublin Reveals €230m Blueprint for the Campus of the Future

A view of Trinity College and Grand Canal district via drone.
A drone view of the existing campus. Image: Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin’s first Estates Strategy is revealed.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has revealed its €230m capital programme to build the campus of the future as part of the university’s first Estates Strategy.

In July, reported how the university has major ambitions for Dublin, including a plan to build a 5.5-acre campus in the Grand Canal Dock district. This campus will also be a hub for start-ups and a landing zone for foreign direct investment (FDI) companies as well as home to a community of venture capital companies, and public and civic spaces.

‘It will upgrade heritage buildings, support growth areas and position the campus for the future’

The Estates Strategy published yesterday (21 November) includes flagship projects such as the new Trinity Business School, which will open in March 2019. The Printing House Square development, which is also due to open in 2019, will provide on-campus student accommodation for up to 250 students along with a range of student services.

The strategy also includes the E3 Engineering, Environment and Emerging Technologies initiative at TCD. Central to the vision of E3 is the construction of the Learning Foundry, a state-of-the-art 6,086 sq m facility based on the main TCD campus. It will deliver new teaching facilities and an innovative interactive learning space for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

“Space is essential to community, and in Trinity our sense of community comes so much from sharing this beautiful campus,” said TCD provost Dr Patrick Prendergast. “Better management of space will improve connectivity across the university. The building of new transformative spaces, like the E3 Learning Foundry, will enable new approaches in teaching.”

Integrity and intention

Other capital developments will include the expansion of student accommodation at Trinity Hall in Dartry to house 300 new beds for students, as well as the expansion of the School of Law and the refurbishment of the Arts Block.

As mentioned, a masterplan is being developed for the Grand Canal Innovation District centred on a new campus in the heart of Dublin’s docklands. There are also plans for the Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute, which will provide a comprehensive cancer care centre on the St James’s Hospital campus.

As well as these capital projects, the Estates Strategy incorporates a long-term refurbishment plan and conservation plan, which will take in the library as well as other key buildings on campus. It also provides for a residential strategy that will serve the long-term needs of staff and students.

“Trinity has one of the most significant campuses worldwide,” said university bursar Veronica Campbell. “As a university campus, it first and foremost serves the needs of the college community. It provides an environment that supports student learning, enables research, and creates an ambience in which the Trinity community connects and flourishes. We aim to provide facilities that support our students and staff for all their needs, and ensure there is a plan to sustain growth over the long term.

“The Estates Strategy will allow the campus to continue to evolve and support the academic mission, by improving the efficiency and quality of learning space and by introducing adaptive reuse of buildings to meet future requirements. It will upgrade heritage buildings, support growth areas and position the campus for the future.”

New Therapy to Treat Rare Cancer Developed by Scientists at Trinity

In trials using mice, the scientists found the potential therapy was successful at stopping the growth of the tumour
In trials using mice, the scientists found the potential therapy was successful at stopping the growth of the tumour

A new therapy that may hold potential for treating a rare soft-tissue cancer that most commonly affects young people has been developed by scientists at Trinity College Dublin.

Synovial sarcoma, a difficult to treat cancer caused by a genetic mutation, starts most commonly in the legs or arms, but it can appear in any part of the body.

Survival rates after ten years are less than a third in patients with a tumour of 5-10cm in size.

The TCD team used CRISPR gene-screening technology to identify potential therapeutic targets in the cancer biology.

They found a protein, called BRD9, which is needed to keep synovial sarcoma cells alive by partnering with another protein called SS18-SSX that causes the disease to develop.

The scientists then designed a drug to target and degrade the BRD9 protein.

In trials using mice, they found the potential therapy was successful at stopping the growth of the tumour.

“As the term degrader suggests, the drug we created degrades the BRD9 protein, removing it from cancer cells,” said Dr Gerard Brien, Research Fellow in Genetics at Trinity College Dublin and lead author of the research.

“It essentially tricks the cells into eliminating this protein on which they rely, which in turn leads to their death.”

The team also found that the drug does not impact cellular processes in normal cells, which should result in fewer, if any, side-effects.

The next step for the researchers will be to test the new drug in clinical trials with patients, which the scientists hope will take place in the near future.

The research was published in international journal eLIFE.

A €100 Million Investment Announced for Trinity College Dublin

A €100 million investment has been announced for Trinity College Dublin

By Rudy Kinsella

Trinity College Dublin have that they have received an investment that will cost up to €100 million, which will be paid back over 30 years.

The investment will go into developments focusing on teaching and research facilities, as well as student accommodation on campus over the next two years.

The news was announced today, after a visit to Trinity by the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Andrew McDowell.

According to Trinity’s newspaper The University Times, the proposed student accommodation at Trinity Hall is in addition to the student residence currently under construction at the Printing House Square development on Pearse St.

This will provide accommodation for 250 students, and will also include a student health centre, disability service centre and a number of sports facilities.

The news of this massive investment comes less than four months after one of Ireland’s richest families donated €25 million to the college – the largest donation in the history of the state.

This year also saw Trinity fall out of the top 100 colleges in the world for the firs time ever, according to the University Rankings.

The fall in places was blamed on a lack of funding by Trinity College Dean of Research Linda Doyle.

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New Report Will Shape the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland

A new report, ““Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland” was launched by Minister Finian McGrath TD., on September 19th 2018. The Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disability (RNID) report is sponsored by HSE Disability Services and the HSE Office of Nursing & Midwifery Services Division (ONMSD) in partnership with Professor Mary McCarron and her team in Trinity College Dublin.

The report’s four major themes: Underpinning philosophy for practice (person-centredness); Health and social care supports; Nursing capability and Quality measurement and improvement set out a clear direction for the future role of intellectual disability nursing ensuring the best possible health and social care is delivered to individuals with an intellectual disability.

Pictured from left to right, are: Anne Marie Ryan (HSE Social Care), Professor Mary McCarron (Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity), Dr Fintan Sheerin (Head of Intellectual Disability Nursing, Trinity) and Ms Liz Roche (HSE Office of the Director of Nursing & Midwifery).
Pictured from left to right, are: Anne Marie Ryan (HSE Social Care), Professor Mary McCarron (Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity), Dr Fintan Sheerin (Head of Intellectual Disability Nursing, Trinity) and Ms Liz Roche (HSE Office of the Director of Nursing & Midwifery).

To achieve safe and high quality health and social care within community-based services, a core ingredient must be the availability of competent registered nurses, skilled in the field of intellectual disability, to support individuals with a disability achieve and maintain optimum health and well-being. People with an intellectual disability are living longer and for some, complex health issues may develop earlier in life than in the general population. We are also cognisant that more children with significant health and cognitive concerns are surviving into adulthood. These people, both young and old, experience a range of health and social care challenges (both physical and psychological), highlighting the critical need for highly skilled intellectual disability nursing care and support across the lifespan.

Minister McGrath said, “I am delighted to launch today the HSE Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disability (RNID) Report, “Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland”. One of the objectives I had upon being appointed Minister for Disabilities two and a half years ago was to have the person with the disability at the very forefront of our thoughts and actions. As an example of this thinking, in September 2016, I established a Taskforce on Personalised Budgets. I was delighted to recently publish the results of that Taskforce’s deliberations. The main thrust, I believe, of the Taskforce was on the emphasis of a person-centred approach to the lives of the person with the disability and this also features prominently in today’s report.  A phrase used in the report complements one of my main objectives for the future for people with disabilities which is, “Supporting people with an intellectual disability to live ordinary lives in ordinary places”.  This Report outlines details of the findings that suggest a clear requirement for the role of the Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disabilities in the future to support the implementation of policy thereby enhancing the service delivery model in an interdisciplinary environment.”

Participation and input from key stakeholders in the fields of health, social care and education, as well as individuals with an intellectual disability, families, national and international experts and staff across a variety of professions throughout disability services, advocacy groups informed the road map developed in this report. We have now a clear path to the successful delivery of health and social care for people with an intellectual disability throughout their life span, facilitated through the development of intellectual disability nursing.

Marion Meaney, Head of Disability Strategy & Planning, HSE said, “Disability services are changing and we must plan for the future, so to adapt and deliver a more holistic model of service and care that include both health and social care. This report outlines for the first time in Ireland a framework for the development of the RNID profession to ensure that it meets the support requirements of individuals with an intellectual disability with their health, well-being and social care in a community based model. Thank you to Professor Mary McCarron, her team in Trinity College Dublin for their partnership working with the project steering group, and to all those who provided information and expertise to inform the report. It reinforces that any and all developments need to be undertaken within an overall philosophy of practice where the person with an ID is at the centre of everything we do.”

The RNID is required to continuously modify their role, ways of working and practice to support evolving models of service and changes in service structure. Registered Nurses in Intellectual Disability must adapt, modify and adjust to continue to meet the challenge of delivering a holistic service across increasingly diverse settings.

The launch of this report is particularly timely, as it sets out to ensure that educational, practice, managerial and operational supports for intellectual disability nursing are provided to meet today’s changing service environments.  The RNID is required to continuously modify their role, their ways of working and their practice to support evolving models of service and changes in service structure.

Dr. Fintan Sheerin (Co-Principal Investigator), Trinity College Dublin, said, “‘Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland’ is the one of the most important reports related to intellectual disability health and social care to have been published in Ireland. It comes at a time of significant policy and demographic change, when more children with complex needs are surviving to adulthood and older people with an intellectual disability are achieving greater longevity. Such changes bring with them particular health and social needs. With an increased focus on community-based care, this report, which was led by Prof. Mary McCarron (Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disabilities at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin), is particularly timely, as it will ensure that the unique contribution of intellectual disability nursing will be developed such that health and social care can continue to be provided to people with an intellectual disability in a person-centered manner, wherever they are living, and throughout their life-spans.”

The vision and ultimate aim of this report is to set out a clear and evidence-based direction for intellectual disability nursing; one that is sustainable and which has person-centeredness, safety and inclusion at its core. This will achieve even higher levels of excellence in the delivery of intellectual disability nursing service to people with an intellectual disability.

The report can be accessed at 

TCD Top for Producing Entrepreneurs, Study Finds

University ranked first in Europe for entrepreneurs for fourth year in succession

Charlie Taylor for The Irish Times

Trinity College Dublin is ranked in 46th spot globally, up two places compared with 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Trinity College Dublin is ranked in 46th spot globally, up two places compared with 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trinity College Dublin continues to produce more entrepreneurs than any other university in Europe, according to new independent research.

A report conducted by research firm Pitchbook shows Trinity produced 232 entrepreneurs and 212 companies, which collectively raised $2.32 billion (€2 billion) in capital between the start of 2006 and the end of June 2018.

This puts Trinity College in first place among European universities for the fourth year in succession. The college is also ranked in 46th spot globally, up two places compared with 2017.

Pitchbook’s Universities Report includes data compiled from a number of sources including regulatory filings. The platform uses input from more than 200 search professionals with machine-learning and natural language processing technologies to gather its information on venture capital activity.

“This rankings report is simple and quantitative. It is based on real numbers that can be drilled into and verified independently. It is something we can all be proud of, that these hard facts and easy to understand figures put an Irish research institution as first in Europe for the fourth year in a row,” said John Whelan, ICT commercialisation manager at Trinity, and formerly executive director of the Blackbox “Launchbox” and “Launchpad” programmes.

Among Trinity’s many start-up success stories are AR/VR-focused Volograms and data specialist Datachemist, both of whom recently raised funds from Atlantic Bridge. Other companies to emerge from the college are Food Cloud and Artomatix.

Stanford in the lead

No other European universities are ranked in Pitchbook’s top 50 which is led by Stanford, which produced 1,178 entrepreneurs and 1,015 companies who between them raised $28.8 billion.

Stanford is also ranked first for serial entrepreneurs, and female founders as well as for top MBA and undergrad programmes.

Rounding out the top five universities for producing entrepreneurs are University of California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania.

Only one non-American educational establishment made the top 10 with Tel Aviv University in eighth place with 640 entrepreneurs that produced 531 companies who collectively raised $7.9 billion.

Fear of Litigation is a Key Factor in Decision to Perform C-sections

Study describing views of 9,008 clinicians offers insight into factors influencing rising rate of C-sections

Fear of litigation and perceived safety concerns and are among the key factors influencing the decision to perform a caesarean section, according to a major international literature review conducted by researchers at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.

The rising rate of caesarean sections (CS) worldwide, despite the considerable evidence that vaginal birth is safer and associated with fewer complications, is a growing concern among women and healthcare professionals.

In a systematic review of 34 international studies conducted in 20 different countries, Trinity researchers have found that ‘clinicians’ beliefs’ are the main factor influencing obstetricians’ and midwives’ decisions to perform CS. These beliefs were mostly related to clinicians’ personal preferences, an over-estimation of the degree of risk associated with vaginal birth or vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC), and caesarean sections being seen as a safe and convenient option.

Fear of litigation and professional agreements and disagreements were identified as key factors in the decision-making process, according to the study, published recently in the journal, PLOS ONE. Insufficient human and physical resources, lack of unified guidelines, financial benefits to the hospital, and private versus public health care facilities were also influencing factors, ultimately contributing to the rise in rate of CS, according to the authors.

The systematic review, part of a Health Research Board-funded study, describes the views of 9,008 midwives and obstetricians obtained from research conducted over the 24-year period from 1992 to 2016. It provides in-depth understanding of clinicians’ views of the factors that influence the decision to perform a CS and so will be of significant benefit to policy-makers seeking to improve and promote normal births and reduce CS rates.

Lead author, Sunita Panda, PhD candidate and Health Research Board Research Fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity commented: “Caesarean section rates are increasing worldwide, particularly among first-time mothers, with limited explanation of the factors that influence the rising trend. This is a big concern for health care professionals because vaginal birth is safer and associated with fewer complications. Our research is the first systematic review of international research on the topic and it gives important insight into the ‘why’ behind the rising rate of CS. Our study identified the significant influence of ‘fear of litigation’ on clinicians’ decision to perform CS, irrespective of hospital setting, age, gender, professional experience, resources and culture within the health care system.”

Professor Cecily Begley, Chair of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin, and co-author of the paper, commented: “This research generates strong evidence to influence clinical practice. Clinicians often have multiple reasons for deciding to perform a CS; however, the key issue is the justification of these reasons and the impact of the decision on the mother and baby. This study will be of significant benefit to policy-makers seeking to improve and promote normal births and reduce CS rates.”

Key findings:

  • Fear of legal consequences and litigation was a major and significant influence on the decision to perform CS. Most of the perceived fear related to legal consequences arising from complications associated with vaginal birth compared with birth by CS, despite the fact that CS causes more maternal mortality and morbidity.
  • Decision-making was further influenced by clinicians’ perception of the small degree of risk involved in performing a CS and their belief in CS being a ‘safe’ procedure compared to vaginal birth.
  • Personal convenience for obstetricians also influenced the decision to perform CS rather than aim for vaginal birth, and related to perceptions of CS being an organised, orderly, convenient and controlled birthing option compared to attempts at vaginal birth and having to be available throughout labour, day and night.
  • Midwives’ perspectives differed, and they viewed ‘convenience’ as a cause of unnecessary CS.
  • Inter-professional conflict, differences in attitudes, and lack of cooperation among midwives and obstetricians, and obstetricians with different levels of experience, are some other reported factors that influenced the decision to perform a CS, or a repeat CS instead of aiming for vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC).
  • The influence of private health care systems was mentioned frequently by clinicians, sometimes in association with financial payments, or benefits to the hospital.
  • Lack of hospital guidelines or clinicians’ unawareness of the existing guidelines and protocols were other factors that influenced the decision-making process.
  • Clinicians viewed maternal request as one of the factors, which was mostly influenced by women’s socio-cultural perspective, their preferences, demands and obstetricians’ perception of women’s anxiety and fear. The study findings suggested that obstetricians more so than midwives were inclined to support women’s request to perform a CS.


Professor Michael Turner, a collaborator on this research study, and UCD Professor for Human Reproduction at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, added: “This innovative research is important because the evidence is that caesarean section rates are continuing to escalate and have not yet plateaued. About one in three births in Ireland is now by either elective or emergency section. If we are to reverse this trend nationally, we need to better understand the complexity of the decisions made by women and their obstetricians.”

Assistant Professor Dr Deirdre Daly, the supervisor of the PhD work, added: “It is really important to understand these factors because they influence individual clinicians’ attitudes towards the natural progress of labour and spontaneous birth, even when the woman and baby are well and have no risk factors. This then leads to the decision to intervene prematurely, often without medically justifiable reasons.”

Measure of Belly Fat in Older Adults is Linked with Cognitive Impairment

A new study using data from the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture (TUDA) ageing cohort study comprising over 5,000 individuals has found that a measure of belly fat (waist:hip ratio) was associated with reduced cognitive function in older Irish adults (>60 years of age). These findings have significant implications as the global prevalence of dementia is predicted to increase from 24.3 million in 2001 to 81.1 million by 2040.

Previous studies have found that people who are overweight do not perform as well on tests of memory and visuospatial ability compared to those who are normal weight. However, it is not well known if this is true in older adults. This is of concern within Ireland, as over half of the over 50s population is classified as being centrally obese, with only 16% of men and 26% of women reported to have a BMI (body mass index) within the normal range.

The researchers used data from the TUDA study, which is a cross-border collaborative research project gathering data from thousands of elderly adults in Northern Ireland and Ireland. They found that a higher waist:hip ratio was associated with reduced cognitive function. This could be explained by an increased secretion of inflammatory markers by belly fat, which has been previously associated with a higher risk of impaired cognition. On the contrary, body mass index (BMI) was found to protect cognitive function. BMI is a crude measure of body fat and cannot differentiate between fat and fat-free mass (muscle), thus it is proposed that the fat-free mass component is likely to be the protective factor.

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is one of the largest studies of older adults to report these findings. Given the high prevalence of overweight and obesity in the older population and the economic and social burden of cognitive dysfunction, the results suggest that reducing obesity and exposure to obeso-genic risk factors could offer a cost-effective public health strategy for the prevention of cognitive decline.

Clinical Associate Professor in Medical Gerontology at Trinity, Conal Cunningham, is the senior author of the study. He said: “While we have known for some time that obesity is associated with negative health consequences our study adds to emerging evidence suggesting that obesity and where we deposit our excess weight could influence our brain health. This has significant public health implications.”

The study (available to read here) was led by St James’s Hospital Dublin in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin and co-investigators from the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster University, Coleraine.

The study was funded by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine through the grants 07FHRIUCD1 (‘JINGO’ 2007-2013) and 13F407 (‘JINGO–JPI’/ ‘ENPADASI’ 2014-2016) and from the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning under its ‘Strengthening the all-Ireland Research Base’ initiative.

Nano-Tech Diagnostic can Indicate Cancer or Thrombotic Risk in One Drop of Blood

A team of international researchers led by Professor Martin Hegner, Investigator in CRANN and Trinity’s School of Physics, have developed an automated diagnostic platform that can quantify bleeding – and thrombotic risks – in a single drop of blood, within seconds.

The researchers exploited micro-resonators for real-time measurements of the evolving strength of the blood plasma clot. Along with the clinically measured clotting time, other insightful parameters, from specific factor deficiency to global coagulation parameters (used to assess fibrinolysis), can also be extracted. These technical developments introduce a miniaturised global haemostasis assay with the capability of fine-tuning factor replacement – or anti-coagulation therapies (left image, below).

In collaboration with the multinational, Hoffman-la-Roche, the researchers report a novel strategy for quick, reliable and quantitative diagnostics of expression patterns of non-coding short RNA in blood plasma or cell cultures. They directly detect label-free specific miRNA biomarkers relevant to cancer and adverse drug effects in blood-based samples (right image, below).

Professor Hegner’s work focuses on the development of innovative nanotechnological automated diagnostic platforms that underpin next-generation medical devices. The collaboration with the multinational Hoffman-la-Roche, a world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, enabled this scientific study and provides the possibility to further miniaturise this device for portable point-of-care testing for the market and society.

Professor Hegner said: “This has significant implications for a non-invasive, rapid and personalised diagnosis using nanomechanical sensors. We believe that the comprehensive direct diagnostic approach to analyse blood haemostasis and the abundance of specific miRNA in cells and serum has a significant impact on various areas including but not limited to cancer diagnostics or drug-adverse effects where such markers are excreted into the blood stream.”

The research has been published in Nanoscale, which is a high-impact, peer-reviewed journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Hegner was awarded a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator award in 2016, valued at €1.3m, which will enable him to continue his work in this field.

Trinity Neuroscientist Becomes Ireland’s First FENS Kavli Scholar

Assistant Professor in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and Immunology, and the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Tomás Ryan, has been selected as Ireland’s first FENS Kavli Scholar.

He joins a network of 30 outstanding early- to mid-career European neuroscientists with the aim of improving neuroscience through scientific exchange, providing opportunities for young scientists, and facilitating dialogue between scientists, policy-makers, and society.

The network was established in 2014 through a collaboration between the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Kavli Foundation. Professor Ryan’s admission was recently confirmed by FENS President, Professor Barry Everitt (University of Cambridge), at the opening ceremony of the FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Berlin.

Scholars participate in several meetings per year that allow for lively discussion of a range of topics across neuroscience as well as challenges and opportunities for European neuroscientists. They then put their ideas into action, for example through opinion articles and white-paper recommendations to European stakeholders on funding schemes and other key issues, establishing childcare grants and mentoring & PhD thesis prizes that are awarded during the FENS Forum, and outreach activities with the general public about brain research.

Professor Ryan said: “I am thrilled to join such an exciting and diverse network of dynamic, young European neuroscientists. Trinity College Dublin is fundamentally a European university, and I look forward to working to represent Ireland and Trinity through neuroscience activities in Europe.”

“The FENS-Kavli network exists primarily to support basic neuroscience research and cross-disciplinary collaborations, but it also has an active role in outreach and public policy. Because of the current tumultuous political climate it has never been more important for scientists to actively engage with the public and with policy makers. The FENS-Kavli scholars have been active in doing so since the network’s inception in 2014, and these efforts will continue at national and European levels over the coming years.”

Six Irish Universities Win Research Innovation Awards

DCU, Trinity, DIT, University of Limerick, UCD, and College of Surgeons make impact at Knowledge Transfer Ireland awards
The University College Dublin and ENBIO team of Hugh Hayden, John O’Donoghue and Ken Stanton that won the KTI Impact Collaborative Research Award with Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan. They won the award for the development of a coating for deep space travel . Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan
The University College Dublin and ENBIO team of Hugh Hayden, John O’Donoghue and Ken Stanton that won the KTI Impact Collaborative Research Award with Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan. They won the award for the development of a coating for deep space travel . Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Six innovation projects from Ireland’s research and technology sectors won prizes at the annual Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards in Dublin on Thursday.

University College Dublin was awarded the “Collaborative Research” award for its work with ENBIO that helped the company to develop a thermo-optical coating to reflect radiation and protect spacecrafts.

University of Limerick won the “Consultancy Impact” award for its role in the development of a software application for Xtract 360 Ltd to re-create a car crash in real time to deal with undetected fraudulent insurance claims.

Dublin City University was awarded the “Licence2Market” prize for a licence that has helped software company Iconic Translation Machines Ltd to launch the world’s first patent-specific language translator.

The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland was awarded the “Spin-out Company” award for SurgaColl, a medical device company that supplies tissue regeneration products for surgical treatment.

Marketing strategy

DIT Hothouse won the “Knowledge Transfer Initiative” for devising a strategic inbound marketing strategy.

In addition, Dr Emily Vereker, senior patents and licensing manager at Trinity College Dublin was awarded the “Knowledge Transfer Achiever” award for the development of new patent management initiatives.

The awards were presented by John Halligan, the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, who said the Government has taken a “pro-active approach” to encouraging and supporting research-based innovation.

Dr Alison Campbell, director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland, said the winning projects were “addressing societal challenges, as well as creating economic value” in Ireland.

KTI was established in 2013 as a partnership between Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Universities’ Association and helps enterprises access publicly-funded research.