Researchers at University of Limerick and University Hospital Limerick have identified several new genetic biomarkers which better predict outcomes for patients with bowel/colorectal cancer. The research team identified genes that are predictors of cancer recurrence and can also help to identify a patients’ suitability to specific types of chemotherapy.
It is estimated that at least 1 in 5 hospitalised adults develop Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). Emerging evidence suggests that AKI: is under-recognised in clinical practice; predicts an accelerated risk of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), and may be a risk amplifier for many other chronic diseases with death rates in excess of 20%.
Professor Mike Hinchey , Director of Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre at UL has recently been elected a member of Academy of Europe, a cross-Europe academy of high achieving academics. Professor Hinchey is the first UL faculty member to be accorded this honour and is one of the academy’s 10 youngest members.
Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD, recently unveiled Dr. Anthony Maher, former researcher at the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) in University of Limerick and member of Kerry’s Senior Football All Ireland winning team, as the winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Image of the Year competition for his picture ‘Starship Enterprise’ at the SFI Science Summit in Athlone. His image will appear on the front of the 2014 SFI Annual Report.
UL leading the way in research that delivers real impact and innovation.
The University of Limerick has launched a new research initiative driven by the concept of the measurable impact that research can have on industry, society and the wider community. The University of Limerick Research Impact initiative will highlight best practice among the UL research community with the guiding principle of pursuing excellent research that is measurable, achieved through collaboration and focused on the ultimate goal of delivering impact.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English announced Government and industry funding of €245 million for the establishment of five new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland. Lero – The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre which is head-quartered at the University of Limerick is among the 5 world-class research centres to benefit from this announcement.
The Annual UL Hospital Limerick Research Symposium featured world-leading research championed from the Mid-West region. Conference organiser, Professor Austin Stack, Foundation Chair of Medicine, University Hospital Limerick, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring together researchers from the Mid-West region and capitalise on the huge pool of talent at UL Hospitals and its partner institutions."
UL research solves major scientific challenge which unlocks potential for rapid diagnostics tools
Research from the University of Limerick has unlocked a major scientific challenge which has exciting potential for point of care medical tests. The research entitled ‘Nanoelectrical analysis of single molecules and atomic-scale materials at the solid/liquid interface’ is reported online in Nature Materials.
The University of Limerick has recently announced the appointment of Ireland’s first Professor of STEM Education, Sibel Erduran. Professor Erduran will also take on the role as the new Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning, NCE-MSTL.