• Irish surgeon identifies emerging area of medical science

    Professor of Surgery at UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School, J Calvin Coffey

    A University of Limerick, Ireland, professor has identified an emerging area of science having reclassified part of the digestive system as an organ.

    The mesentery, which connects the intestine to the abdomen, had for hundreds of years been considered a fragmented structure made up of multiple separate parts. However, research by Professor of Surgery at UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School, J Calvin Coffey, found the mesentery is one, continuous structure.

  • Dr Michael Walsh among those awarded in Science Foundation Ireland programme

    HRI Member and Technology Enhanced Health Outcomes theme leader, Dr Michael Walsh, was one of five UL awardees of the Science Foundation Ireland investment to develop future research leaders.  The funding is distributed through Science Foundation Ireland’s Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) and Career Development Award (CDA) Programmes.  Dr Walsh's project is titled "Targeting the temporal gradient of wall shear stress as the key mediator of vascular tissue response to implanted medical devices using in silico, in vitro and in vivo approaches".

    Nearly 100 researchers across 40 Irish research projects are to be awarded a total of €22.3m over the next four years to boost areas including medical, ICT and renewable energies.  The funding announced by Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan, TD.

  • Irish researchers work on soft exoskeleton to aid mobility

    Researchers working on a wearable-robotics project, aimed at improving movement for people with reduced mobility, plan to build the first fully-functional prototype of ‘intelligent’ trousers by 2019.

    The soft, biometic exoskeleton would allow older people or people with disabilities to move their legs by detecting movement intention.

    A group from University of Limerick is part of the European team of researchers, led by the Italian Institute of Technology, which has begun work on the wearable soft-robotics intelligent-clothing system.

    The Design Factors Research Group based in UL’s School of Design is part of the ground-breaking health-robotics project to develop the soft, modular, lower-limb exoskeleton.

  • Applying Maths to Solve Social Problems

    Peter Fennell who was recently awarded a James S McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

    An Irish researcher is using maths to discover how information, behaviour and trends spread through social networks and is finding unusual applications for his work including on the streets of Los Angeles.

    Applied mathematics researcher Peter Fennell, who completed his PhD in University of Limerick’s Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI), was recently granted a James S McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Studying Complex Systems.

  • Hat-trick for SSPC at the Pharma Industry Awards 2016

    The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry funded research centre, at the University of Limerick, was announced as Pharma Research Centre of the Year 2016 for the third year running at the Pharma Industry Awards. The award was presented by Noel Kileen of The Sunday Post.

  • Irish researchers work on soft exoskeleton to aid mobility

    Dr Adam de Eyto and Dr Leonard O'Sullivan

    Researchers working on a wearable-robotics project, aimed at improving movement for people with reduced mobility, plan to build the first fully-functional prototype of ‘intelligent’ trousers by 2019.

    The soft, biometic exoskeleton would allow older people or people with disabilities to move their legs by detecting movement intention.

    A group from University of Limerick is part of the European team of researchers, led by the Italian Institute of Technology, which has begun work on the wearable soft-robotics intelligent-clothing system.

  • UL Academic Delivers Scholar Lecture Award

    Professor Ann MacPhail

    University of Limerick’s Professor Ann MacPhail was awarded the title of the British Education Research Association (BERA) Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Scholar for 2016 at a conference recently.

    As part of the honour Professor MacPhail, who is Head of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, delivered a lecture at the BERA Conference at Leeds University.

    The title recognises the distinguished contribution to the physical education and sport pedagogy research community of the awardee.

  • Centre for Early Modern Studies launched in UL

    A new research centre focussing on Irish and European history and culture has been launched in UL. The Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together experts from University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College to further the study of the history and culture of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

    According to Chair of the Centre for Early Modern Studies and Lecturer in History at UL, Dr Richard Kirwan, “the centre will bring together scholars from various academic disciplines to work on specific research themes and projects focussed on the early modern era. It will also serve as a platform for the sharing of expertise via lectures, conferences and seminars”.