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.
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.
The EHS HRI Postgraduate Research Excellence Seminar was held on Wednesday, 19th April. This annual event promotes and celebrates excellence in postgraduate students’ research. This year’s winner of the Deans Award is Robin Healy from Dept. of Physical Education & Sport Science (PESS). The title of Robin’s talk was ‘Developing Best Practice in Strength Training for Athletes.’
University of Limerick medical device campus company, Ostoform has won the AIB start up Academy of 2017. Ostoform is a medical device that aims to manage peristomal skin complications for people with ileostomies.
UL physiotherapist, Dr Susan Coote has been awarded €270,000 by Ireland’s Health Research Board to investigate the benefits of physical activity for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic progressive condition of the central nervous system. It is characterised by symptoms such as weakness, sensory and vision problems, and fatigue which can ultimately lead to problems with balance and mobility. Fifty percent of people with MS will need a walking aid within 15 years of diagnosis.
Fourth year BSc Physiotherapy student Aoife Synnott was drawn to a career in physiotherapy which she describes as “exciting, person-centred and allows you to make a meaningful difference to people’s lives in terms of rehabilitation.”
The milestone amount is reached as the Clinical Therapies Department celebrate 10 Years. The Department of Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick hosted a showcase of current research by faculty and students in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Department. Since 2006, over €3million in competitive research grants has been awarded to staff within Clinical Therapies at UL, across the three disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy.