International Women's Day 2019

Our Research Impact podcast series has allowed us to showcase the impact of the wide range of research being carried out by our female academics. Prof Anne Mac Farlane, Prof Sheila Killian and Dr Jakki Cooney (l-r above) are just three of the more recent participants in this series. You can check out all of the previous podcasts in this series on our Reseach Impact podcast channel (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podomatic). 

Why involve the public and patients in research?

Anne MacFarlane, Professor of Primary Healthcare Research at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick and member of UL’s Health Research Institute talks about her research in the area of Public and Patient Involvement in Research, specifically participatory health research with socially excluded communities.

 

A Europe-wide approach to combatting tax fraud and evasion

Tax fraud and tax evasion affects us all. Within the European Union, huge sums of revenue for public investment are being lost due to tax evasion and avoidance with estimates in the region of 1 trillion euros. Prof Sheila Killian of the Kemmy Business School talks about her research as part of the EU funded project called COFFERS - Combatting Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators. The team at the Kemmy Business School are focusing on the role of expert professional networks, tax advisers, wealth managers and the factors which can lead them to take ethical or aggressive approaches to their tax work.

 

Sepsis, a worldwide problem crying out for a solution

Dr Jakki Cooney, co-founder of UL spinout Cala Medical, based in the Nexus Innovation Centre in UL discusses her research.  Cala Medical have designed and patented a unique device containing a specific immobilized enzyme which treats the excessive inflammatory response in the blood of sepsis patients. The treatment could dramatically cut the death rate from sepsis which is a highly prevalent and often fatal illness requiring intensive medical care. Jakki also discusses her experiences as a female researcher working in STEM and the challenges and rewards that this can bring.