UL Research shows how the stress of unemployment gets inside the body

Research is being undertaken by the Study of Anxiety, Stress and Health Lab at the University of Limerick. The research is supported by the Irish Research Council and looks at stress, unemployment, and the consequences this may have on people’s health.

Dr Stephen Gallagher Director of SASHlab and Dr Rachel Sumner postdoctoral researcher and project manager have recently published their findings in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, providing new evidence about the impact that unemployment may have on health.

Website launch introduces secondary school students to real world science

Jon O’Halloran, Dr Mary Shire, Dr Sarah Hayes, Senator Maria Byrne and Prof. Luuk van der Wielen

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and based in the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick (UL) has launched their Medicines In My Life initiative. The purpose of the initiative, which includes a website and resources for teachers and pupils, is to support the SSPC’s innovative educational programme for post-primary teachers and pupils, entitled ‘Innovation in Medicines’, a module designed to introduce students to the world of medicine.

SSPC partners with iCRAG for National Crystal Growing Competition

First place winner, Kieran Barrett from Clongowes Wood College SJ, Kildare.

The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) with iCRAG (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences), both funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), announced winners of the 2016 National Crystal Growing Competition at the national awards ceremony today.

The very successful SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition, now in its third year, has seen interest soar in schools nationally. For this reason, SSPC partnered with iCRAG to enable the acknowledgement of multiple schools achievements.

Major new project investigating tax and inequality in the European Union

Researchers at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick are playing key roles in a major new project investigating tax and evasion in the European Union.

The Horizon 2020 COFFERS project (Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators) is one of the world’s largest research projects on tax and inequality and aims to discover how much tax revenue is being lost through avoidance and evasion. The €5 million project will involve researchers in Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

Milking Engineering Science for Dairy

Professor Harry Van den Akker, Bernal Chair in Fluid Mechanics

Ireland produces in the region of 5,400 billion litres of milk annually and about 10% of the global exports of infant milk formula.

Professor Harry Van den Akker, Bernal Chair in Fluid Mechanics, and his team at UL are developing ways to make the multi-billion-euro dairy products industry more efficient.

“Dairy plants didn’t change for decades. To some degree, and I don’t mean this negatively, it was more an art or a profession than a science. The processes, the equipment, the conditions for operating, there were not many changes in them over the years so there is room for improvement,” Professor Van den Akker stated.

Nexus based Arralis secures €50m investment from Hong Kong-based consortium

Eamon Boland, Marie Bourke, Barry Lunn, Valerie Somers and Denver Humphrey of Arralis

Irish tech firm Arralis, based at the Nexus Innovation Centre in the University of Limerick, has secured a €50 million investment from a consortium of Hong Kong-based investors that will allow the company to expand its operations and add up to 25 new jobs.

Arralis is developing products that are considered the future of global radar and wireless communications. Using high millimetre-wave (mmwave) technology that forms the foundations of 5G communications, its products have applications in self-driving car technology and satellite technology among other industries.

Visit of Prof Ritsert Jansen, Dean of Talent Development University of Groningen

The Research Office was delighted to welcome Prof Ritsert Jansen, Dean of Talent Development and Head of Bioinformatics Centre, University of Groningen to the University of Limerick. 

The visit was facilitated by Prof Alison Perry, Dean, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences who invited Prof Jansen to visit the University of Limerick on foot of a talk he gave on achieving a research-led university. 

UL's MACSI win KTI's Consultancy Research Impact Award

UL's MACSI (Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry) and Rural Aughinish Alumina were the winners of the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Consultancy Impact Award, the award was presented at a ceremony in Dubin on Thursday 30th March.

The Consultancy Award recognises consultancy provided through an Irish publicly-funded research performing organisation (RPO), by its researchers, to a business or public sector organisation. The consultancyactivity will have resulted in a demonstrable economic and/or public benefit. 

BNest, the first dedicated Social Enterprise Incubator Programme in Ireland

BNest, the first dedicated Social Enterprise Incubator Programme in Ireland, being run in partnership with Nexus Innovation Centre UL, held a showcase event on Friday 24th March for its 2016/2017 programme. At the event the nine graduating enterprises showcased their enterprises demonstrating the progress in their endeavors which are achieving real social impact across the mid-west. The nine completing participants directly address real challenges in the region dealing with various issues form Autism to ADHD to child-centered therapies, mental health, disabilities and rural isolation.

The 2016/17 participants were:

Research Impact Podcast Series Launched

UL’s first podcast series is now available on the UL Research Impact podcast channel.

The series explores the tremendous contributions UL research is making in the real world. From rehabilitating mining sites, helping voters make informed choices at the ballot box, strategies to combat physical inactivity in Ireland and improving the quality of life for people with MS, the series brings our research stories to a global audience.