Dr Michael Walsh among those awarded in Science Foundation Ireland programme

HRI Member and Technology Enhanced Health Outcomes theme leader, Dr Michael Walsh, was one of five UL awardees of the Science Foundation Ireland investment to develop future research leaders.  The funding is distributed through Science Foundation Ireland’s Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) and Career Development Award (CDA) Programmes.  Dr Walsh's project is titled "Targeting the temporal gradient of wall shear stress as the key mediator of vascular tissue response to implanted medical devices using in silico, in vitro and in vivo approaches".

Nearly 100 researchers across 40 Irish research projects are to be awarded a total of €22.3m over the next four years to boost areas including medical, ICT and renewable energies.  The funding announced by Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan, TD.

Irish researchers work on soft exoskeleton to aid mobility

Researchers working on a wearable-robotics project, aimed at improving movement for people with reduced mobility, plan to build the first fully-functional prototype of ‘intelligent’ trousers by 2019.

The soft, biometic exoskeleton would allow older people or people with disabilities to move their legs by detecting movement intention.

A group from University of Limerick is part of the European team of researchers, led by the Italian Institute of Technology, which has begun work on the wearable soft-robotics intelligent-clothing system.

The Design Factors Research Group based in UL’s School of Design is part of the ground-breaking health-robotics project to develop the soft, modular, lower-limb exoskeleton.

Population-level impact, herd immunity, and elimination after human papillomavirus vaccination: a systematic review and meta-analysis of predictions from transmission-dynamic models

A HRI researcher, Professor Cathal Walsh, was involved in an international mathematical modelling collaboration published in Lancet (Public Health) to examine the impact that different vaccination strategies would have on the spread of human papilloma virus (HPV) among both men and women. It was shown that female only vaccination provides a degree of protection through herd immunity to males, provided coverage is high. When coverage rates were lower (as is the case in the United States) male vaccination in combination with female vaccination provides additional substantial benefit. An editorial in the same issue highlights the growing problem of HPV head and neck cancers in males.  The full paper can be viewed through the link below:

Special Issue on Software Engineering for Connected Health

Special Issue: Software Engineering for Connected Health (SECH)

Guest Co-Editors
Dr. Noel Carroll, ARCH - Applied Research for Connected Health Technology Centre, University of Limerick (noel.carroll@lero.ie)
Prof. Craig Kuziemsky, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa (kuziemsky@telfer.uottawa.ca)
Prof. Ita Richardson, Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre, University of Limerick (Ita.Richardson@lero.ie)

Introduction

HRI Researcher to lead Irish partners in European Knowledge Hub on Malnutrition in the Elderly

Dr Eibhlís O'Connor from the Department of Life Sciences heads up Irish Research Team.

Following a call from the European Joint Action ‘Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ last year, the ‘MaNuEL’ - Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub has recently been established, bringing together 21 researchers from groups spanning 7 countries who will work together to deliver key initiatives set out by members over the coming two years. 

The aim of this initiative is to bring together experts in the area of malnutrition in the elderly to build a better understanding of the determinants of nutritional deficiencies in older populations across Europe and to build research capacity in this crucial area.

Longitudinal Data Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling - 6 & 7 October 2016

The Platform for Psychological Science at UL (PPS-UL) & Statistical Horizons present a 2-Day Seminar Taught by Paul Allison, Ph.D.:
"Longitudinal Data Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling"

This seminar is designed for those who want to analyze longitudinal data with three or more time points, and whose primary interest is in the effect of predictors that vary over time. You should have a solid understanding of basic principles of statistical inference, including such concepts as bias, sampling distributions, standard errors, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. You should also have a good working knowledge of the principles and practice of linear regression.

Dialysis Patients who Smoke are less likely get a Kidney Transplant and Die Earlier

“Smoking remains a major modifiable risk factor for adverse outcomes for men and women on dialysis. It shortens their lifespans and reduces their overall chances of kidney transplantation” - Professor Austin Stack

Dialysis patients who smoke are much less likely to receive a life-saving kidney transplant and much more likely to die sooner according to researchers from the Health Research Institute (HRI) at the University of Limerick and UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS).

The findings, which are published in a study appearing online in the journal BMC Nephrology, provide compelling evidence that smoking reduces overall life expectancy of dialysis patients as well as their overall chances of receiving a kidney transplant.

Vascular Access Workshop - 28 September 2016

On September 28th 2016, the Technology Enhanced Health Outcomes theme of the HRI at the University of Limerick will host a workshop on Vascular Access. The workshop is part of an EU project grant entitled Renal Dialysis Vascular Access (ReDVA) and is supported by the Health Research Institute. The ReDVA project is a joint industry-academia research programme to overcome the scientific and technical barriers to the understanding, development and adoption of technologies to combat the significant clinical problem of the failure of renal dialysis venous access.

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