News & Opinion

2021

Results & Findings; A Report from UCD Parity Studios
An exhibition of the findings and results of the year Lorna Donlon spent as 2020 UCD Conway Institute artist-in-residence.

UCD spin-out acquired by US molecular diagnostics company
OncoMark Ltd, a UCD spin-out company, has been acquired by Cepheid Inc., a US molecular diagnostics company. The transaction was completed in March for an undisclosed sum.

Shared Island exploratory funding awarded for cancer initiative
Professor William Gallagher will lead a project exploring how an All-Island Cancer Research Institute can deepen North-South collaboration, enhance cancer outcomes, and help to strengthen social, economic, and political links on the island - in collaboration with Queen's University Belfast.

2021 Science Foundation Ireland awards for Conway Fellows, Profs. Helen Roche and William Gallagher
The winners of the prestigious 2021 SFI Awards have been revealed today by Professor Mark Ferguson, SFI Director General and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, at the annual SFI Science Summit.

Second call for applications to the DevelopMed MSCA COFUND Fellowship Programme
DevelopMed, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) COFUND Action, is an international training and career development fellowship programme led by University College Dublin and coordinated by Systems Biology Ireland.

2021 UCD Conway Festival gold medal for early-stage research on treatment for rare eye cancer
Dr Husvinee Sundaramurthi has won the 2021 UCD Conway Festival gold medal for research showing new anti-cancer compounds provide promising results in laboratory tests for treating metastatic uveal melanoma.

New ‘CLASS Acts’ podcast series reveals the people behind the research
Listen to Dr Eoin Cummins chat with guest speakers from the Conway lecture and seminar series (CLASS) in 2021.

Conway Fellows lead HIPPOCRATES, a new €21M EU and industry funded psoriatic arthritis research project
International team of research partners, pharmaceutical companies, SMEs and patient organisations have joined forces to develop innovative personalised treatment options for people affected by psoriatic arthritis.

New research validates molecular test that can accurately predict risk of breast cancer recurrence
OncoMasTR is a 6-gene signature test that can help clinicians and patients make more informed treatment decisions.

Transition year students experience life as a scientist with young Conway researchers
Early career researchers from UCD Conway Institute, Systems Biology Ireland and UCD Charles Institute helped deliver a weeklong schedule of hands-on activities with transition year students on a work experience week.

Professor David Brayden appointed to Ireland’s first National Research Ethics Committees (NREC)
Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly announced membership of Ireland’s first NRECs in the areas of Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (NREC-CT) and Clinical Investigations of Medical Devices (NREC-MD).

Conway Fellows receive funding for ground-breaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Fund
Professors Stephen Pennington, William Gallagher and Bill Watson are involved in two projects to received awards under this scheme.

Professor Helen Roche appointed as Director, UCD Conway Institute
Professor Roche has an outstanding track record in precision nutrition research; leading and co-leading several national and international research programmes.

Discovery of biomarkers to diagnose preeclampsia risk wins 2021 NovaUCD Invention of the Year award
The UCD Conway SPHERE group have been recognised for their discovery of biomarkers that can be used to diagnose the risk of preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy complication.

Conway Fellows lead three public engagement projects awarded under SFI Discover Programme
Projects will focus on specific mechanisms to engage children and adults from low socioeconomic backgrounds with science topics that impact their daily lives.

Obesity and diabetes research case studies runners-up in 2020 UCD Impact Competition
Conway Fellows, Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe and researchers at the UCD Diabetes Complications Research Centre including Conway Fellows, Profs. Carel le Roux and Catherine Godson and Dr Neil Docherty are commended for their work.

Exosomes as biomarkers of human and feline mammary tumours
Review shows strong evidence in the literature to support the complementarity of using exosomes to inform the profiling of TNBC and feline mammary adenocarcinoma.

Patients with severe COVID-19 infection have hypersensitive platelet blood cells
Study finds that platelets are up to ninety times more reactive in COVID-19 patients than in hospitalised patients who do not have the disease.

Improving the efficiency of gene-editing tool, CRISPR
Researchers led by Associate Professor Rory Johnson have developed a new reporter system to identify factors that can significantly boost the efficiency of CRISPR deletion. 

SARS-CoV-2 virus hijacks protein machinery to enter cells and multiply
New research from an international team of scientists has identified protein sequences that are hijacked by the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.

Applications open for DevelopMed MSCA COFUND Fellowship Programme
First call for applications to new international training and career development fellowship programme

UCD-led consortium secures EU funding to investigate disrupted signalling across a range of diseases
The CRYSTAL3 consortium includes 10 partners (5 academic and 5 industry) located in 7 countries and will be led by Conway Fellow, Professor Breandán Kennedy.