News & Opinion


Would you like to have your say in ovarian cancer research?
This World Ovarian Cancer Day, May 8th, PhD researchers from the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics laboratory at University College Dublin are inviting members of the public and people who have been affected by ovarian cancer to get involved with their cancer research. 

Professor Helen Roche appointed interim UCD Vice-President for Research, Impact and Innovation
UCD announces the appointment by the Governing Authority of Professor Helen Roche to the position of Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact on an interim basis.

Fragment of a story about science 
Lorna Donlon, the 2020/21 UCD Conway artist-in-residence produced an installation piece after conversations with Assoc. Prof. Oliver Blacque that is now on permanent display in the Institute. Lorna documented her inspiration for this creative work. 

Novel combination of gene therapy and chemotherapy may provide new treatment option in osteosarcoma. A multi-institutional led study by researchers in UCD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin is the first to evaluate the dual-therapeutic effect of gene therapy in a clinically relevant model for this bone cancer.  

Curiosity; Enabling equity of access to a STEM transition year placement programme
The first of eight STEM placement weeks on CuriosiTY programme took place during the 20-24 March in UCD with twenty four pupils from nine schools across Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford experiencing life in a research environment.

UCD Conway Institute hosts the 1st Extracellular Vesicle Workshop in Ireland 
The 1st Extracellular Vesicle Workshop to be hosted in Ireland covering key aspects of EV isolation to analysis took place from the 13th to the 16th March in the Conway Institute.

Assoc. Prof. Siobhan McClean receives 2023 NovaUCD Licence of the Year award for melioidosis vaccine candidateMelioidosis is a potentially fatal tropical disease for which there is no current approved vaccine available. Assoc. Prof. McClean has invented a vaccine candidate for the disease.

Assoc. Prof. Eoin O'Cearbhaill Receives 2023 NovaUCD Innovation Champion of the Year Award Assoc. Prof. Eoin O'Cearbhaill has been named recipient of the 2023 NovaUCD Innovation Champion of the Year Award in recognition of championing the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship since joining UCD in 2013.

Plant-based sources of dietary iron may reduce colorectal cancer risk in men 
Findings published in the British Journal of Cancer suggest that dietary, non-heme iron may reduce colorectal cancer risk in men.

Prof. Pat Guiry elected President of the Royal Irish Academy
Professor Pat Guiry has been elected as the 58th President of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) for a three-year term. 

US-Ireland R&D Programme funding for research on diabetic kidney disease and low power computing elements 
Three Conway Fellows, Profs Catherine Godson and Brian Rodriguez and Dr Eoin Brennan receive awards under this prestigious programme.

SFI Discover award for CuriosiTY, a placement programme to broaden participation in STEM
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD have announced an investment of more than €6 million in 40 projects to empower diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Musical tribute to mark World Cancer Day
More than 250 singers join forces to honour those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

Diabetes Complications Research Centre recognised in 2022 UCD Research Impact Case Study competition
The Diabetes Complications Research Centre (UCD DCRC), a multidisciplinary research group led by Professor Catherine Godson were announced as runners-up of the 2022 UCD Research Impact Case Study Competition last month 

UCD-Led Team Find New Tools to Manage Rare Eye Cancer 
Conway Fellow, Professor Breandán Kennedy and team reveal a candidate drug and biomarker that could be used to manage uveal melanoma.