UL wins Academic Contribution to MedTech Award

Hilda Mulvilhill, Stryker, Sarah Syed, UL, Eamonn de Barra, UL, Aoife Culliton, UL and Dr Mary Shire VP Research

The Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) announced the University of Limerick as the winner of their Academic Contribution to Medtech Award at the Irish Medical Technology Industry Awards last night, jointly hosted with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. The award was presented to Dr Eamonn de Barra, Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering for UL’s research collaboration with leading medical devices company Stryker.

Minister Announces UL Researcher as Winner of SFI Research Image of the Year Competition

Lightning Wires by Matthew Gleeson

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD, recently announced Matthew Gleeson, postgraduate researcher at UL, as the winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Image of the Year competition for his picture ‘Lightning Wires’ at the SFI Science Summit in Kilkenny. The winning image was selected from over 40 submissions and will appear on the front of the 2015 SFI Annual Report.

DIBANET - an integrated approach to biomass development

Biofuels are an important alternative to fossil fuels that can minimise the impact of energy production on global climate change. DIBANET is an Irish-led research project aimed at developing an integrated approach to biomass development that further enhances international cooperation between the EU and Latin America in the field of biofuels. This project aims at developing technologies to sustainably exploit biomass for the profitable production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals.

Bioethanol from microalgae - DEMA

Dr Con Sheahan, DEMA

Biofuels have the potential to significantly reduce the output of carbon caused by transport, and reduce the impact of transport on climate change. DEMA is a University of Limerick-led project focused on microalgae found in oceans, lakes and damp soil, and on rocks, where energy is extracted via photosynthesis to produce biofuels. DEMA is focused on the development, demonstration and licensing of a complete, economically competitive technology from the direct production of bioethanol from microalgae by 2016.

Science of the Very Fast and the Very Small at Core of NanoNet Conference 2015 in UL

Sean Chitedze and Ola Olatilewa, Thomond Primary School, Limerick with Maryam Karimijafari, MSSI, UL

The vital importance of nanotechnology is being celebrated during NanoWeek in Ireland this week with the flagship event, the NanoNet Conference 2015 taking place at the University of Limerick on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd October.

UL Academic named as UN International Biodiversity Expert

Dr Ken Byrne, UN Intergovernmental Science‐Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES

Dr Ken Byrne, Department of Life Sciences at the University of Limerick has been nominated as an International Expert, for the UN Intergovernmental Science‐Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).  Dr Byrne will be a Lead Author for the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration. This commenced at a meeting in Switzerland this August and is due for completion in 2017. He will work as part of a team of international experts to conduct regional/subregional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia.

Drive-through diagnostics

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.

Pharmaceutical research and collaboration

Meet Dr Anthony Maher - UL BSc Industrial Biochemistry Graduate, researcher and Kerry Senior Footballer. One of UL's many PhD graduates striving for excellence and making a real impact to our knowledge economy. 94% of  our PhD graduates are employed, with the majority working in Ireland and helping to build our world-leading innovation ecosystem.

Applying sensor technology to the treatment of cancer

Dr Sinéad O’Keeffe, UL researcher is applying sensor technology to the treatment of cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Sinéad and her team at the Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre, UL, are developing sensors which can be applied to critical organs to ensure they are not exposed to high levels of radiation. This technology will allow us to get up close to tumours to deliver treatment in a completely innovative way. A great example of Irish sensor research playing a part in the global battle against cancer.

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