Professor Colum Dunne, Director of Research at the University of Limerick’s Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), has been presented with one of the Irish Health Services Executive (HSE) Inaugural Open Access Awards by HSE Director General, Mr Tony O’Brien.
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%.
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."
Unhealthy food and drinks are common in children’s TV programmes broadcast in Ireland and England, and frequently portrayed in a positive light, according from new research from the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. Statutory legislation to curb children’s exposure to high sugar and fat food/drink in TV adverts was introduced in the UK in 2007, and similar regulations have recently come on stream in Ireland, however, these regulations are not being applied to programme content.
Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, officially launched the award-winning Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. The Building was designed by Grafton Architects, and was the winner of RIBA 2013 EU Award and a finalist in the highly prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. Located beside the existing Health Sciences and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Medical School is easily distinguishable by its limestone exterior and is a stand-out addition to UL’s Clare Campus.
Research projects in the areas of maths, pharmaceuticals and composite materials at the University of Limerick have been awarded over €4million in SFI funding it has been announced. The announcement cements UL’s reputation as a center for excellence in translational research, focused on delivering real impact for Irish industry.
The University of Limerick and Pieta House were recently awarded funding from the Irish Research Council to conduct a study into how communities are impacted by the opening of a Pieta House centre in their area. The research project aims to provide evidence that open and visible access to services such as Pieta House can change perceptions around suicide and self-harm, leading to increased health and wellbeing within the entire community in which the service is based.
The University of Limerick will take the lead in Phase 2 of Food for Health Ireland’s (FHI) research programme to explore the role of milk proteins in healthy ageing and performance nutrition.