New medical valve will make treatment of bladder problems safer

Prof. Michael Walsh

Medical device company – Class Medical – a University of Limerick spinout company have secured seed funding of €550,000 from investors including iHPSU match funding from Enterprise Ireland. Class Medical was founded in 2016 by Dr. Rory Mooney (CEO), Prof. Michael Walsh, Dr Niall Davis and Dr Eoghan Cunnane. Class Medical’s initial product offering is a patent protected device that eliminates the risk and complications associated with the treatment of painful urinary problems.

Case Study - PolyPico Precise: a high-impact solution for scientific community

PicoPrecise is a new product launched in 2017 using technology licensed from the University of Limerick to PolyPico, a UL spinout. PolyPico’s dispensing technology offers a unique solution for dispensing miniscule volumes of fluid that range from nanolitre (10-9) to picolitre (10-12) scale using disposable fluid cartridges. It was designed for scientists who wish to dispense reagents, biomaterials or cells with ultra-high precision in an affordable way.

Building a successful research career

Building a successful research career - Talent development for researchers

For all Research Staff and PIs

Wednesday 17th October 2018, MSG-024, MSSI Building

You are invited to join us on Wednesday 17th October 12.30-2.00 for a lunchtime seminar on Talent Development for Researchers. This seminar is open to all Researchers and PI:

29% of STEM undergraduates do not know what jobs to apply for

Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes Johnson & Johnson’s Announcement of Expanded WiSTEM2D programme to UCC along with UL
New research conducted among undergraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at the University of Limerick (UL) has revealed that almost one third are not aware of the types of jobs they could apply for once they graduate.

This research has been conducted as Johnson and Johnson, the global healthcare company, enters the third year of its WiSTEM2D programme in collaboration with UL. The findings highlight some of the central challenges in attracting more females into STEM-related careers.

Acne stigma linked to lower overall quality of life, UL study finds

Many people with acne are negatively impacted by perceived social stigma around the skin condition, a new study from UL has found.

A survey of 271 acne sufferers has revealed that their own negative perceptions of how society views their appearance is associated with higher psychological distress levels and further physical symptoms such as sleep disturbance, headaches and gastrointestinal problems.

Females in the study reported greater impairment of life quality and more symptoms than males. Acne severity was significantly correlated with health-related quality of life and psychological distress.

More women in politics linked to significant health improvements

A new study has found that greater numbers of women elected to political office is associated with an increase in the life expectancies of women and children.

The research led by Ross Macmillan, Chair in Sociology, University of Limerick and published in the journal Demography found that countries where women comprise at least 30% of the legislature see a significant reduction in their mortality rates.

The authors, from UL, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Bocconi University, suggest that women’s parliamentary presence could improve efforts to advance social and political development.

LERO researchers in new €5 million FinTech research programme

LERO headquarters at the University of Limerick

LERO researchers will collaborate on a new €5 million research programme to advance innovations in Blockchain and financial technology research. 

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD announced the new Financial Technology (FinTech) research programme, FinTech Fusion.

The academic and industry research partnership will encourage breakthroughs in payment (PayTech), regulation (RegTech) and insurance (InsureTech) technologies by accelerating scientific progress and enabling data-driven research.

New guidelines for bowel cancer screening

Everyone with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps (abnormal tissue growths) should be screened for the disease, an international study involving researchers at nine institutions in the United States and Canada, co-led by University of Limerick (UL) has strongly recommended.

The research, available online and due to be published in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association and the highest impact journal in its field, makes a total of 19 evidence-based recommendations which will guide the choice of screening test and frequency of use among those who have close relatives with colon cancer or pre cancerous growths.

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