Latest in cutting-edge Health Research from UL Hospitals and the University of Limerick

Professor Des Leddin, Graduate Entry Medical School,Professor Colette Cowan, UL Hospitals & Professor Austin Stack, Director HRI

Clinicians and academics from Limerick and the Mid-West region showcased their latest research findings at the 2017 Health Research Symposium on Friday, November 17th organised in collaboration between the Health Research Institute and UL Hospitals.

The event took place at the new Clinical Education and Research Centre at University Hospital Limerick and featured four keynote international speakers, 18 oral presentations and over 170 scientific abstracts.

Lero expansion announced as new member signs €400,000 research deal to boost patient care

Dr. Joseph Walsh, Lero principal investigator at IT Tralee and TJ O’Connor, Hospital Manager, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee

The Institute of Tralee (IT Tralee), which has been named as the latest member of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, has announced a new €400,000 research programme.

The programme is one of a number of initiatives marking a collaboration between IT Tralee and Bon Secours Hospital Tralee (BSHT) to develop new activities in teaching, research and education. Today also saw the signing of a formal agreement between IT Tralee and Bon Secours Hospital Tralee to mark this enhanced partnership arrangement.

Graduate Entry Medical School celebrates 10 years

President of UL, Prof Des Fitzgerald and Professor Niall O'Higgins attending the 10 year celebrations.

The Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) at University of Limerick celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday, September 30.

GEMS, the first medical school established since the formation of the Irish state, has graduated 640 doctors who are now working in Ireland and all over the world.

Since its foundation, research undertaken at GEMS has been at the cutting edge of medical advances globally.

Nexus based medical entrepreneur named as Nissan Generation Next ambassador

Limerick medical entrepreneur Chris Kelly had plenty of cause for celebration this week when he landed the keys to a brand new, taxed and insured car after becoming a Nissan Generation Next ambassador.

Chris (20) based in the Nexus Innovation Centre in UL, fended off competition from over 1,000 applicants to secure one of eleven places that were up for grabs on the prestigious ambassador programme which helps people to get ahead with the backing and support of Nissan.

SportsTech Hub Launches in Limerick

Niall O’Callaghan, Keith Wood, Len Middleton & Gary Ryan, with SportsTech founders Emily Ross, Gráinne Barry and Martina Skelly

A new initiative that seeks to develop Sports Technology research and business growth in Ireland has been set up in Limerick, spearheaded by three female tech entrepreneurs. SportsTech Ireland aims to be a bridge between commercial bodies, start-ups and entrepreneurs, research facilities and VCs, and has partnered with a number of international organisations to help position Ireland as a global destination for SportsTech companies.

€1.3m investment in pharmaceutical manufacturing research

Dr Chris Edlin, Centre Director PMTC and Prof Gavin Walker, Bernal Institute

New research projects being carried out at a leading national technology centre will help biopharmaceutical companies in Ireland improve their manufacturing processes and increase competitiveness.

Enterprise Ireland has awarded €1.3 million worth of funding to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), hosted at University of Limerick, for economically important Innovation Partnership Projects involving multiple industry partners.

Lero DkIT spinout company Nova Leah to create 78 jobs

Co-founders of medical device cybersecurity company Nova Leah (L-R) Peter Finnegan, Anita Finnegan (CEO) & Dr Fergal McCaffery

Lero researchers from the Regulated Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology have launched a new medical device cybersecurity company that plans to create 78 jobs over the next four years. The Lero DkIT spinout company, Nova Leah has developed an expert cybersecurity risk management software application aimed at global medical device manufacturers and healthcare providers.

HRI Researcher to lead major project to involve public participation in health research

Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, Anne Mac Farlane

The Health Research Board and Irish Research Council have announced a new €1.75million initiative to help researchers involve the public at the very start of the health research process. It is the first of its kind in Ireland.

World MS Day - Improving the quality of life for people living with MS

Twenty years ago people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) were advised to “take it easy”. Today, there is a growing body of evidence showing that exercise is beneficial for a number of key symptoms like walking and fatigue. The MS research team at University of Limerick is making significant contributions to this U-turn and the team’s research has had direct positive impacts on the health of thousands of people, and on clinical practice and national programmes of care.

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