Swipe right for science: Papr app is ‘Tinder for preprints’

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2017 by steve

International“Inspired by the dating app Tinder, which asks users to ‘swipe right’ across their screens to approve prospective matches, an app called Papr is inviting scientists to swipe to rate life-sciences preprints. And like other recommendation algorithms, Papr also promises to learn from researchers’ choices so that it can supply them with preprints they’ll like …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Nature News, 16 June]

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Wanted: more qualified PhD students for life sciences

Posted in Teaching on July 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Highly qualified graduates, and plenty of them, are central to sustaining Ireland’s life sciences success. But how to get them? ‘There is an ever-increasing need for ever better graduates’, says Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland …” (more)

[Sandra O’Connell, Irish Times, 28 July]

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UCC and NUIG scientists receive €2 million each in funding

Posted in Research on March 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Researchers in University College Cork (UCC) and National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) have received about €2 million each in research funding from the European Research Council. Both awards were given for research in the ‘life sciences’ category …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Science in chains

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2013 by steve

“As concern grows about questionable practices and outright misconduct in the life sciences, the pre-registration of study designs and hypotheses is being wrongly touted as the panacea …” (more)

[Sophie Scott, Times Higher Education, 25 July]

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Icon Academy launched in Dublin with UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2013 by steve

“A provider of outsourced development services to the life sciences sector globally, Icon, has launched an academy in conjunction with University College Dublin (UCD) dedicated to providing programmes to the company’s own staff …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 17 April]

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Misconduct is the main cause of life-sciences retractions

Posted in Research on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“Conventional wisdom says that most retractions of papers in scientific journals are triggered by unintentional errors. Not so, according to one of the largest-ever studies of retractions …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Nature News & Comment, 1 October]

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The importance of understanding the life sciences

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2011 by steve

“The Royal Irish Academy has announced the publication of a series of statements focusing on the life sciences. The publications are meant to inform the public and help them develop opinions on issues such as gene therapy, diet and biofuel production …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Students protest Imperial College cuts to life sciences

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2010 by steve

“A year ago, Imperial College London made redundant 21 staff from its medicine faculty, in order to deal with projected budget deficits. Now the university wants similar cost-cutting measures in its life sciences department, and says 14 staff positions are at risk of redundancy in plant sciences and cell biology …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, The Great Beyond, 13 December]


Ireland can join the dots in the life sciences sector to create a system where the risks and rewards of research are shared

Posted in Research on October 29th, 2010 by steve

“In times of crisis, the worst reaction is to do nothing. A more positive approach is to evaluate the collective resources and develop a co-ordinated roadmap that will ‘join the dots’. It’s a skill we all developed at school but, once we leave, we seem to forget how to do it. Yet linking up existing elements – or dots – can provide a route from idea to market …” (more)

[Ivan Coulter, Irish Times, 29 October]


Irish life science guide to create ‘smart’ jobs and new technologies

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2010 by steve

“The Minister for Technology and Innovation, Conor Lenihan TD, today launched a new Irish guide aimed at helping firms in the life science sector to partner with college researchers in the creation of ‘smart’ jobs. The Enterprise Ireland publication, The Irish Life Sciences Research Guide, is a collation of the life science research capability in our third-level institutions …” (more)

[Finfacts, 27 June]

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Time To Ask: Why Not?

Posted in Research on April 9th, 2010 by steve

“Ireland’s life sciences sector must embrace change and understand how innovation can be used to extend product life, benefiting both patients and profits …” (more)

[Ivan Coulter, Irish Times, 9 April]


Science on the map

Posted in Research on January 30th, 2010 by steve

“Mapping genetic interactions is old hat, but now scientists are mapping science itself, and looked to see how it’s been changing. According to the results of a mathematical model, neuroscience, for example, has only evolved into a mature scientific discipline, like molecular biology and medicine, in the last decade, according to the study published online today (January 28) in PLoS ONE …” (more)

[HT: Shane O’Mara]
[The Scientist, 28 January]


New €20m research centre to be set up at UCD

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“A new €20 million research centre which aims to merge the fields of computer technology and life sciences is to be established at UCD, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Conor Lenihan announced yesterday. The venture is being jointly funded by the Government through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and a range of companies from the private sector, including Hewlett-Packard, Servier, Siemens Ireland, Ark Therapeutics, Agilent Technologies and Protagen AG. So far the industry partners have contributed €4.7 million to the project with an additional €14.8 million provided by the Government …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 16 September]

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