UL team wins US-Ireland Research Innovation Award

University of Limerick, 3D4Medical and IBM Research were the winners of the 2017 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards, jointly presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner in the Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin.

The team from UL led by Dr Eamonn de Barra, in collaboration with Stryker Orthopaedics, received the award for developing a new type of bioactive bone cement for neurosurgery, which has advantages over existing products on the market in terms of ease of use, speed of surgical placement and reduced workload on the OR team which is a positive outcome for all.

UL research programme to investigate new social media platforms for those aged 50+

From left Áine Phelan, ISAX, Dr Sarah Beecham, Lero, Gary Thompson, IBM and Professor Ita Richardson, Lero.

Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, IBM Ireland and ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange) have announced a two year research programme which could result in a new social media platform which would allow older people to offer and receive volunteer services, make new friends and interact. The Science Foundation Ireland supported initial research programme is valued at an estimated €116,400.

Exposure to psychological domestic abuse most damaging to children’s wellbeing

Catherine Naughton

Exposure to psychological abuse between parents is more damaging to children’s wellbeing as they grow older than physical domestic violence, according to new research carried out at University of Limerick, Ireland.

A scientific paper by Catherine Naughton, Aisling O’Donnell and Orla Muldoon, published recently in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, illustrates that growing up in a home with psychological abuse has longer-term effects on the wellbeing of young people than domestic violence.

New water filtration process uses 1,000 times less energy

A new process for water filtration using carbon dioxide consumes one thousand times less energy than conventional methods, scientific research published this week has shown.

The research was co-led by University of Limerick’s Dr Orest Shardt together with Dr Sangwoo Shin (now at University of Hawaii, Manoa), while they were both post doctoral researchers at Princeton University last year.

UL to lead CONFIRM - Centre for Smart Manufacturing funded by SFI

2nd May 2017 – Science Foundation Ireland today announced that it will invest €72 million over the next six years in four new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland.  The new SFI Research Centres will be supported by 80 industry partners who will provide an additional €38 million to support cutting-edge basic and applied research with strong industry engagement, economic and societal impact. The decision follows a comprehensive international peer review process involving leading industry and academic experts over the last 12 months.

EHS HRI Postgraduate Research Excellence award

The EHS HRI Postgraduate Research Excellence Seminar was held on Wednesday, 19th April.  This annual event promotes and celebrates excellence in postgraduate students’ research.  This year’s winner of the Deans Award is Robin Healy from Dept. of Physical Education & Sport Science (PESS). The title of Robin’s talk was ‘Developing Best Practice in Strength Training for Athletes.’

MACSI and ESRI research shows that electricity users, not investors, are exposed to price fluctuations

A study by Mel Devine and Niall Farrell of the Economic and Social Research Institute and William T Lee of the universities of Portsmouth and Limerick, says the system means that electricity users, rather than those investing in renewable energy, are the ones exposed to price fluctuations.

The system means that renewable energy producers are compensated when the wholesale price of electricity falls below the tariff guaranteed to them under the Refit scheme.

Homes and businesses pay for this through the public service charge, which increases as the wholesale price falls, while those who invest in renewable power face no risk from movements in the wholesale price.

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.

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