News & Opinion

2020

Movember - raising awareness of men's health
This year's fundraising activities included 'Cook Like a Man' Movember cookbook from distinguished gentlemen cooks in UCD Conway Institute & UCD School of Medicine and the Mo' mask competition.

Dr Paulina Szklanna wins 2020 AbbVie Innovation Award
Bursary award will allow UCD Conway SPHERE researchers to develop biomarkers for multiple sclerosis.

Two Conway Fellows Win 2020 Science Foundation Ireland Mentorship Awards
Professors Pat Guiry and Patricia Maguire have both been recognised for their strong and outstanding leadership in research supervision.

Ten Conway Fellows secure awards under the SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme
Fourteen UCD research projects secure €8 million in funding through the SFI Frontiers for the Future programme

2020 UCD Conway Festival gold medal for PhD student, Rebecca Ward
Rebecca Ward has won the 2020 UCD Conway Festival gold medal for research showing how our eyes recycle vitamin A to allow us to see throughout the day.

SiriusXT and UCD researchers secure €2.35M in EU funding to examine viral disease pathways
Conway Fellow, Assistant Professor Nicola Fletcher and Professor Dimitri Scholz have partnered with UCD spin- out, Sirius XT to secure funding that will see the development of novel therapeutics using the company’s novel soft x-ray microscope.

Metronomic chemotherapy shows therapeutic benefits in preclinical cancer models
UCD researchers have demonstrated for the first time that lowering chemotherapy doses can improve tumour oxygenation and decrease HIFα levels in animal models of colon and breast cancer, associated with significant pre-clinical benefits.

Unravelling clues to blood clots in COVID-19
Using technologies developed by the UCD Conway SPHERE research group, the Cocoon study will characterise the molecular mechanisms underlying clotting derangements in COVID-19. This may help inform clinical decisions relating to clot prevention and treatment in this disease.

Lorna Donlon announced as 2020/21 UCD Conway Institute Artist-in-Residence
Tapestry weaver and textile artist, Lorna Donlon will begin a twelve month artist-in-residency programme in partnership with UCD Parity Studios and through funding from the Wellcome Trust.

Survey reveals that few cancer patients ask their doctor about clinical trials
New research reveals significant misunderstanding among some groups about how clinical trials are performed. 

UCD partnering in Ireland’s first national preclinical imaging centre to enhance medical research
Professor WIlliam Gallagher, Director, UCD Conway Institute collaborates with Professor Annette Byrne (RCSI) and Professor Abhay Pandit (Curam, NUI Galway) to develop imaging infrastructure to support the development of new therapeutics and diagnostics.

SFI funding award for SARS-CoV-2 water surveillance project led by Prof. Wim Meijer
This award is one of two new UCD-based COVID-19 research and innovation projects to receive funding from Science Foundation Ireland in an announcement from Minister Heather Humphries T.D.
 
Prof. Carel Le Roux to lead new €16M international obesity research consortium
SOPHIA (Stratification of Obese Phenotypes to Optimize Future Obesity Therapy) is a new €16 million EU and industry supported international research consortium launched on 01 June.
 
RCSI – UCD consortium receives €1.47M SFI Infrastructure Award for advanced microscopy facility
Unique facility for highly advanced microscopy in Ireland will provide critical mass and expertise to respond to the challenges of world-class biomedical research.
 
New insights into Vitamin A recycling and daytime vision
Research study led by Professor Breandan Kennedy uses tropical zebrafish to reel in answers on eye disease.  
 
Novel imaging technology project awarded a €500,000 SFI Future Innovator Prize
UCD Professor Dominic Zerulla and his team at PEARlabs Technologies including Professor Dimitri Scholz, Director of the UCD Conway Imaging Core received the prize in recognition of the potential impact of their project to develop a highly innovative imaging solution that enables ultra-fast video-rate nanoscale optical microscopy.
 
A day in the life: COVID-19 testing volunteer, Dr Eric Brown
Dr Eric Brown is a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Cormac Taylor who is volunteering in the recently established COVID-19 testing laboratory in St Vincent’s University Hospital.
 
Opinion: BCG vaccine and COVID-19
Professor Stephen Gordon on whether 100-year-old vaccine derived from an animal pathogen to defeat a new animal-derived pathogen.

A day in the life: COVID-19 testing volunteer
Mariam Marai is a PhD candidate and research assistant who is volunteering in the recently established COVID-19 testing laboratory in St Vincent’s University Hospital.

Lending scientific expertise to the COVID-19 response
Conway Fellows are lending their scientific expertise to the COVID-19 response through various initiatives to build testing capacity.

Institute response to COVID-19 pandemic
Researchers and staff in UCD Conway Institute are contributing to the national effort to combat COVID-19. 

A day in the life: COVID-19 contact tracing volunteer
Although Professor Helen Roche has a large research group and teaching commitments, she is one of the many volunteers who got involved in the COVID-19 contact tracing initiative in UCD. 

Debunking scientific misinformation during a pandemic
Some Institute researchers are using their knowledge and expertise to provide insights on Coronavirus in plain language and debunk the misinformation circulating on social media.

Sequencing the COVID-19 virus genome
The team in the UCD Conway Institute Genomics Core recently worked in collaboration with the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) to obtain the genomes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the first COVID-19 patient samples in Ireland.

New study uncovers human genes controlling HIV infection.
A map of HIV infection that highlights genetic weaknesses during the infection process has been published by an international research team involving researchers at University College Dublin.

Joint international consensus statement for ending stigma of obesity
Prof. Carel Le Roux is a co-signatory on the joint international consensus statement for ending stigma of obesity published in Nature Medicine.

Dragons’ Den – Involving Patients and Carers in Cancer Research
Regional event in Galway for researchers to get input on specific questions or challenges that they are facing in their research projects from those individuals with a lived experience of cancer.

Choirs unite in tribute to cancer community in Ireland
Marking the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day, more than 300 singers gathered in a community tribute to those whose lives have been touched by cancer.