UL Researchers Take On Global Pharma’s Biggest Challenge

Dr Luis Padrela, Bernal Institute

Scientists at the Bernal Institute are teaming up with Enterprise Ireland (EI) to commercialise continuous nanomanufacturing technology which promises to transform the pharmaceutical market.

The project, which launches this month, aims to tackle the biggest challenge facing the pharmaceutical industry today. While pharmaceutical companies are continually developing new drugs, seven out of ten of those drugs never reach the patient. This is not because they are ineffective at treating disease but because they are not soluble enough to be absorbed in the body.

Generating electricity from organic materials

Glycine needle crystals grown on a polymer coating. Glycine is the smallest building block of all biological materials, and can be crystallised in many shapes. Bending these needles generates electricity. Researchers at the University of Limerick study a variety of organic materials that generate electricity when a force is applied to them.

Image: Sarah Guerin, Postgraduate Researcher, The Bernal Institute, UL

You can read more about the Bernal Institute on their website bernalinstitute.com

LERO involved in major research programme to develop autonomous farm systems

Prof Brian Fitzgerald, Director LERO, Prof Edmond Harty, CEO, Dairymaster. Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of SFI

Farmers could soon be able to avail of Artificial Intelligence to assist in managing their farm as a result of a new €2m Research & Development partnership announced today by Irish dairy equipment manufacturer Dairymaster, IT Tralee and Lero, the Irish Software SFI Research Centre. The programme is backed by Science Foundation Ireland.

Ireland’s First Industry-Driven Masters in Artificial Intelligence is Launched

Ireland’s first Masters in Artificial Intelligence (AI) was recently launched in Dublin in response to a growing demand by industry for AI skills in Ireland. The programme, which will run in the University of Limerick from September 2018, was launched by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys (TD) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

European Research Council Advanced Grant 2018

The fundamental activity of the ERC is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/ high-risk research.

Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe. Scientific excellence is the sole criterion on the basis of which ERC frontier research grants are awarded

Key dates:

Call Opens:      17/05/2018
Call Deadline: 30/08/2018

UL Irish Research Council Awardees Making a Global Impact

Dr Mary Shire, VPR UL, Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, President UL, Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair IRC Board, Mr Peter Brown, Director IRC

The global impact of UL's Irish Research Council awardees was highlighted  when UL hosted a meeting of the Irish Research Council Board. During their visit to the campus, the Board met with senior members of the University Executive and engaged with IRC awardees who presented and discussed their research spanning a wide variety of areas.

UL confers awards on 1,621 graduates at winter ceremonies

Dr Monika Zacharska, Poland and Dr Marystela Barreto Lopes, Brazil, University of Limerick

UL recently celebrated the graduation of 1,621 students at our winter conferring ceremonies. During the ceremonies, 64 PhDs were awarded as part of UL's continued commitment to fourth level education in Ireland.

Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) 2018

The SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) aims to support excellent post-doctoral researchers who wish to take steps towards a fully independent research career in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This programme supports award holders in establishing research independence, whereby the programme funds both the Starting Investigator (SI) and a PhD candidate for a four year duration.

Did Brexit and the US election make you more radical?

Political disillusionment leads to more extreme political views, according to studies carried out by researchers at UL. The new research, published this week in scientific journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that the experience of disillusionment is likely to occur when people’s political goals are not realised or their strong convictions are proved inaccurate or false.

Advance notice of Irish Research Council funding calls

We have advance notice of three calls to be launched in early new year from the Irish Research Council for New Foundations, New Horizons and Research for Policy and Society. We understand the latter programmes will be merged and the deadline is 19th February (to be confirmed) for all three programmes.