California delegation hears story of economic recovery on visit to UL

UL Deputy President, Chief Operating Officer and Registrar Gerry O'Brien, California State Senator Susan Rubio and Dr Eoin Hinchy, Bernal Institute, UL, during the tour at the Bernal Institute Picture: Alan Place

A delegation of California state legislators and industry leaders have visited University of Limerick to hear about the region’s “exceptional” economic recovery.

The group was welcomed to the Bernal Institute at UL by Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan and UL Deputy President, Chief Operating Officer and Registrar Gerry O’Brien.

Irish Research Council 2019 Researcher of the Year awards

Pictured L-R: Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (Chair), Dr Martin O'Halloran (2017 Researcher of the Year) and Dr Paola Rivetti (2017 Early-Career Researcher of the Year)

The call for nominations for the Irish Research Council 2019 Researcher of the Year awards is now open. The competition is open to holders of awards from the Irish Research Council. UL can nominate researchers under two categories:

Category one — Researcher of the Year

Mathematical models could help to brew the perfect cup of coffee

Few of the billions of coffee drinkers around the world would ever consider the science behind the drink.

But researchers at University of Limerick have shown that mathematical models could help to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

Dr Kevin Moroney, a postdoctoral researcher in UL’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics (MACSI) and Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) at Bernal in UL, and his colleague, Dr Ken O’Connell, a postdoctoral researcher in the DPTC research centre at Bernal in UL, working with industry partners, have just published research in a prominent international journal that looks at the maths behind brewing coffee.

New Vice President for Research appointed

The UL Governing Authority has approved the appointment of Professor Norelee Kennedy as Vice President for Research

A new Vice President for Research has been appointed at University of Limerick, it has been announced.

The UL Governing Authority has approved the appointment of Professor Norelee Kennedy as Vice President for Research (VPR).

Prof Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy and Head of School of Allied Health at UL. She will take up the new position in January.

UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald said he was “very happy to announce that the Governing Authority has just approved the appointment of Professor Norelee Kennedy as Vice President for Research.

LongActNow project awarded €1.29 million Marie Curie ITN funding

SSPC investigators, Sarah Hudson and Luis Padrela together with Lidia Tajber of TCD were recently successful in securing €1.29 million in funding under the Marie Curie ITN European Industrial Doctorate programme. Their proposal, LongActNow, will design a novel platform technology for the development of long acting (LA) suspensions of complex active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), involving innovative manipulation of API crystal formation and growth and solvent removal.

Future Jobs Pillar One and €100m in Disruptive Technologies funding launched at UL

Prof Edmond Magner, Heather Humphreys, TD, Paschal Donohoe, TD, Patrick O’Donovan, TD and Dr Ann Ledwith

Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, together with Paschal Donohoe, TD, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform and Patrick O’Donovan, TD, Minister of State for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, held a flagship event at the Kemmy Business School in UL on the impact of technological change on Irish businesses.

SSPC PhD student Oisín Kavanagh awarded Fulbright Irish Scholarship

The Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Niall Burgess and Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ireland, Mr Reece Smyth, recently announced the 36 Fulbright Irish Awardees for 2019-2020. Recipients were presented with Awards at a ceremony in Dublin Castle on Friday 14th June 2019.

UL researcher receives HRB emerging investigator award

A University of Limerick researcher has received an emerging investigator award to explore how patients with hip and knee problems can participate in exercised based therapies.

Dr Clodagh Toomey among a group to receive funding from the Health Research Board (HRB), which is investing €8m in new health research.

The awards are designed to create a pipeline of researcher leaders who will improve health, influence clinical practice and inform health policy across a broad range of areas.

In a highly competitive process, a total of 11 awards were selected by an international panel from 45 eligible applications, addressing a broad range of health areas.

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