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.

UL research taking control of depression

Dr Rachel Msetfi, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Assistant Dean for Research at UL

New research undertaken by academics at the University of Limerick, Harvard Medical School and the University of Oxford, provides evidence showing that anti-depressants can help people take control over their lives, reducing feelings of helplessness and depression symptoms.

UL Researchers Invent New Gas Sponges

Scientists at the University of Limerick, as part of an international research team, have invented a new approach for purifying gases using sponge-like materials that could result in lower global energy use, emissions and pollution.

KBS researcher receives IAFA Scholar Award 2016

Professor Joe Coughlan, Chairman of IAFA presents Orla Lenihan, KBS, with the prestigious IAFA Scholar award

Orla Lenihan, Kemmy Business School, was recently presented with the prestigious Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Scholar award. This national award is used to identify, support and fund early career scholars in the Irish accounting and finance community. Ms Lenihan received the award for her innovative research, which investigates how U.S. firms evaluate CEO performance for compensation purposes by examining the benchmarks and targets included in bonus contracts.

UL showcase vital research projects on World MS Day

Pictured at the '9,000 Steps for MS' walk was Susan Coote, MS Research UL, Jerry Flannery, Munster Rugby and Ava Battles, CEO MS

The University of Limerick celebrated five years of partnership with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland. To mark this partnership and celebrate World MS Day UL hosted a "9000 Steps for MS" fundraiser and an academic showcase detailing significant life-enhancing research projects undertaken at UL for MS Ireland.