• Population-level impact, herd immunity, and elimination after human papillomavirus vaccination: a systematic review and meta-analysis of predictions from transmission-dynamic models

    A HRI researcher, Professor Cathal Walsh, was involved in an international mathematical modelling collaboration published in Lancet (Public Health) to examine the impact that different vaccination strategies would have on the spread of human papilloma virus (HPV) among both men and women. It was shown that female only vaccination provides a degree of protection through herd immunity to males, provided coverage is high. When coverage rates were lower (as is the case in the United States) male vaccination in combination with female vaccination provides additional substantial benefit. An editorial in the same issue highlights the growing problem of HPV head and neck cancers in males.  The full paper can be viewed through the link below:

  • Special Issue on Software Engineering for Connected Health

    Special Issue: Software Engineering for Connected Health (SECH)

    Guest Co-Editors
    Dr. Noel Carroll, ARCH - Applied Research for Connected Health Technology Centre, University of Limerick (noel.carroll@lero.ie)
    Prof. Craig Kuziemsky, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa (kuziemsky@telfer.uottawa.ca)
    Prof. Ita Richardson, Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre, University of Limerick (Ita.Richardson@lero.ie)

    Introduction

  • UL research to improve youth justice system

    Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD

    Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD launched a new research programme in University of Limerick recently to help improve the effectiveness of the youth justice system in Ireland.

    The Research Evidence into Policy, Programmes and Practice (REPPP) programme, funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, is a joint initiative with the School of Law, University of Limerick.

    It will undertake research and evaluations and bring together international expert opinion to practically apply evidence across the youth justice system in both community and detention settings.

  • UL researchers call for mandatory reporting of gender pay gaps

    A research team at University of Limerick has called on the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, to introduce legislation that would require employers to disclose the gender pay gap in their organisations.

    The researchers made the call at the Gender Equality in Decision-Making (GEM) conference hosted in Dell EMC’s Cherrywood Campus in Dublin today (Thursday, September 22).

    The call follows moves by the British Government to introduce legislation forcing employers with more than 250 employees to publish, on an annual basis, the difference between women’s and men’s earnings.

  • New app helps farmers prepare for rainy day

    Dr John Garvey

    A University of Limerick lecturer has developed a unique weather app tailored for Irish farmers. FarmHedge, a free smart-phone app, provides farmers with on-farm alerts directly relevant to agricultural activities.

    Dr John Garvey, Senior Lecturer in Risk Management and Insurance at UL, created the app to help farmers better plan their work.
    “The weather alerts are specific to the farm location and they relate short-term forecasts to the ten-year normal for that location to provide information on grass growth, animal health risks and other farm activities,” he explained.

  • HRI Researcher to lead Irish partners in European Knowledge Hub on Malnutrition in the Elderly

    Dr Eibhlís O'Connor from the Department of Life Sciences heads up Irish Research Team.

    Following a call from the European Joint Action ‘Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ last year, the ‘MaNuEL’ - Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub has recently been established, bringing together 21 researchers from groups spanning 7 countries who will work together to deliver key initiatives set out by members over the coming two years. 

    The aim of this initiative is to bring together experts in the area of malnutrition in the elderly to build a better understanding of the determinants of nutritional deficiencies in older populations across Europe and to build research capacity in this crucial area.