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.

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”.

UL researchers call for mandatory reporting of gender pay gaps

A research team at University of Limerick has called on the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, to introduce legislation that would require employers to disclose the gender pay gap in their organisations.

The researchers made the call at the Gender Equality in Decision-Making (GEM) conference hosted in Dell EMC’s Cherrywood Campus in Dublin today (Thursday, September 22).

The call follows moves by the British Government to introduce legislation forcing employers with more than 250 employees to publish, on an annual basis, the difference between women’s and men’s earnings.

UL research to improve youth justice system

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD launched a new research programme in University of Limerick recently to help improve the effectiveness of the youth justice system in Ireland.

The Research Evidence into Policy, Programmes and Practice (REPPP) programme, funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, is a joint initiative with the School of Law, University of Limerick.

It will undertake research and evaluations and bring together international expert opinion to practically apply evidence across the youth justice system in both community and detention settings.

New app helps farmers prepare for rainy day

Dr John Garvey

A University of Limerick lecturer has developed a unique weather app tailored for Irish farmers. FarmHedge, a free smart-phone app, provides farmers with on-farm alerts directly relevant to agricultural activities.

Dr John Garvey, Senior Lecturer in Risk Management and Insurance at UL, created the app to help farmers better plan their work.
“The weather alerts are specific to the farm location and they relate short-term forecasts to the ten-year normal for that location to provide information on grass growth, animal health risks and other farm activities,” he explained.

UL Researcher to lead Irish partners in European Knowledge Hub on Malnutrition in the Elderly

Dr Eibhlís O'Connor, Dept of Life Sciences who leads Irish partners in Research Team

Following a call from the European Joint Action ‘Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ last year, the ‘MaNuEL’ - Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub has recently been established, bringing together 21 researchers from groups spanning 7 countries who will work together to deliver key initiatives set out by members over the coming two years. 

The aim of this initiative is to bring together experts in the area of malnutrition in the elderly to build a better understanding of the determinants of nutritional deficiencies in older populations across Europe and to build research capacity in this crucial area.

Pain profiling has potential to improve quality of life for older patients

Research undertaken at the University of Limerick has found that pain profiling in older patients has the potential to improve quality of life, and help target resources to those most at risk of disability. The study also found that the use of new pain profiles, which took into account the impact of pain and its subjective nature, might enable better management of pain, and more accurate predictions of healthcare utilisation among older people.

Bernal Research Day 2016

On 14th July 2016, the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s newest institute, the Bernal Institute, hosted its inaugural research day in the Analog Devices Building, University of Limerick (UL). It was a lively affair with 176 researchers from across the Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI), Stokes Laboratories, and Bernal Project, incumbents for the Bernal Institute, as well as delegates from UL’s Research Support Services and Technology Transfer Office being treated to an energetic programme of talks and presentations which showcased the rich and broad diversity of research activities that are currently being undertaken by this institute across UL’s Faculty of Science & Engineering.

UL attracts Europe’s Leading Event in Optical Fibre Sensor Technology

Two Hundred delegates from all over the world descended upon the University of Limerick to attend the 6th European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors (EWOFS). It is Europe’s premier event in Optical Fibre Sensors and saw delegates come from all over the world including Brazil, China, Iran, Japan and the USA.  These delegates are from industrial as well as academic backgrounds and are global leaders in their field of expertise.