Trinity is to Open a New Cancer Institute with St James’s Hospital

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity, along with St James’s Hospital, is to develop a new cancer institute, which aims to set a new standard for cancer care in Ireland. The new institute, which will be located at St James’s, will be the first of its kind in the country …” (more)

[Rósín Power, University Times, 17 October]

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Atlantic Philanthropies give €138m grant to tackle dementia

Posted in Research on November 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Atlantic Philanthropies is to give €138 million – its largest grant to date – to Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco to help tackle the looming dementia epidemic. Almost 50,000 people are living with dementia in Ireland, a number which is projected to double every 20 years if there is no effective intervention …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 November]

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Trinity and UCD spend €600k on lab rats, mice and pigs

Posted in Research on January 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has purchased almost 10,000 mice and rats since the beginning of 2013 at a cost of almost €400,000. The college use animals for biomedical research, as is practiced in several universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 2 January]

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TCD to take part in worldwide MND study

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A team of scientists at Trinity College Dublin is to build full DNA profiles of at least 400 Motor Neurone Disease (MND) patients here, and sequence the genomes of at least 200 non-sufferers as part of an international project to try to establish genetic links to the disease …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 December]

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Revealed: Bodies of infants used for university research

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 25th, 2014 by steve

“The remains of 474 infants – who died in mother-and-baby homes and hospitals – were used for research and doctors’ training in Irish universities for a quarter of a century, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 25 June]

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What’s it worth? The economic case for medical research

Posted in Research on June 16th, 2014 by steve

“Need to argue that investment in research is economically worthwhile? This blog provides the latest case …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara’s Blog, 16 June]


Groups join on cancer research

Posted in Research on May 7th, 2014 by steve

“In a unique collaboration the Irish Cancer Society and research funder Science Foundation Ireland have joined to open a cancer research centre. There will also be private sector partners who must cover 10 per cent of the €7.5 million cost of the centre, The Irish Times has learned …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 7 April]

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Medical research funding must think in a more joined-up way

Posted in Research on November 25th, 2013 by steve

“We all need a reality check from time to time, a fresh perspective offered by someone with an outsider’s view. It pulls you up short and forces you to reconsider why and how you are doing things, and identifies room for improvement …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 25 November]

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World’s first collaborative cancer research centre to open in Ireland

Posted in Research on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland will be the location of a world first in cancer research, it was announced today …” (more)

[, 29 August]

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Scientists challenge patent ban for embryonic stem cell research

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 14th, 2013 by steve

“Scientists and lawyers in Britain are challenging a European ban on the patenting of embryonic stem cells which they believe is blocking the development of new treatments for a range of illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson’s …” (more)

[Steve Connor, Independent, 13 June]

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NUI Galway to lead the Irish arm of EU project

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2013 by steve

“A new European project involving NUI Galway aims to develop a cross-European university teaching programme in the growing multidisciplinary field of prevention science in order to help prevent non-communicable diseases …” (more)

[Irish Medical Times, 1 May]

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The stem cell revolution

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Despite advances in some stem cell treatments, others are not progressing as we are often led to believe and Ireland is behind the curve on creating an environment conducive to research …” (more)

[Bette Browne, Medical Independent, 28 February]

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Prostate cancer research grant for University of Ulster

Posted in Research on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

UK“Researchers at the University of Ulster have been awarded a grant of £214,000 to try to find ways to help reduce the spread of prostate cancer …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 February]

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ResMed announces the expansion of a Research Development and Innovation facility in University College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Minister of State, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, John Perry TD, today announced that ResMed Inc., a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of medical products to combat sleep and respiratory disorders, is expanding its Research Development and Innovation (RD&I) facility in Dublin …” (more)

[IDA Ireland, 23 August]

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Found in translation: where do cures come from?

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2012 by steve

“What’s the best way of doing research? Throwing money at bright minds or trying to solve a particular problem? Or is there a third way? …” (more)

[Jenny Rohn, Guardian, 13 August]

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BiancaMed – another tax-funded Irish university spinout bought by US firm; French VC makes 50% return

Posted in Research on July 7th, 2011 by steve

“BiancaMed has become the latest Irish university spinout to be bought by a US firm with the promoters and venture capital backers cashing out in a multi-million euro deal but unanswered questions remaining on the Irish taxpayer funding billions of euros in research but any young company with potential likely to be snapped up before significant value added is available for the Irish economy …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 7 July]

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PhD for strawberry breakthrough

Posted in Research on June 27th, 2011 by steve

“An academic who proved the cancer fighting potential of strawberries will be awarded a PhD at the University of Ulster’s first graduation ceremony of the summer …” (more)

[Independent, 27 June]

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UCC to trial radical lung cancer device

Posted in Research on April 9th, 2011 by steve

“A groundbreaking medical device for non-invasive treatment of lung cancer is to undergo clinical trials at University College Cork. Developed at the Cork Cancer Research Centre, the Lung Laparoscopic Electroporation Electrode is a system that kills cancer cells through the delivery of an electrical field targeting tumour tissue …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Times, 9 April]

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New paediatric research centre launched by HRB

Posted in Research on April 6th, 2011 by steve

“More than 2,000 babies and infants are set to benefit over the next six years from a new, dedicated paediatric research facility that opened at Cork University Hospital (CUH) on March 28 …” (more)

[Lloyd Mudiwa, Irish Medical Times, 6 April]

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The regeneration game

Posted in Research on November 26th, 2010 by steve

“The recently announced Science Foundation Ireland funding of almost €10 million for the Regenerative Medicine Institute (Remedi) at NUI Galway could pave the way for clinical trials of new therapies and treatments for diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and osteoarthritis …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 November]

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