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A highlight of our most recent Discovery podcasts where we chat with health tech trailblazers, rising star fellows and feature our stories of discovery.

Using AI and allied technologies to deliver precision endoscopy and imaging to Gastroenterology

On November 21st, 2023, the Human Health, Impact and Technology series welcomed Dr. Michael Byrne, Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia, and CEO/founder of (opens in a new window)Satisfai Health.

Childhood obesity, cystic fibrosis and healthcare worker burnout

On October 17th, 2023, the Human Health, Impact and Technology series (#HHITseries) welcomed Gerardine Doyle, Full Professor of Accounting in UCD College of Business, Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School 2023/24. She spoke to host Professor Patricia Maguire about her wide-ranging research interests, including childhood obesity, cystic fibrosis and healthcare worker burnout.

Precision oncology and developing ‘digital twins’ of cancer patients

On September 19th, 2023, host Professor Patricia Maguire welcomed Professor Walter Kolch, Director of Systems Biology Ireland, onto the Human Health, Impact and Technology [HHIT] series. He spoke about how his ‘digital twins’ research aims to mitigate side effects of cancer treatment.

Advancing neonatal care: platelet research by Dr Daniel O’Reilly targets preterm infections

In August Dr Daniel O'Reilly moved to New York to take up a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Rochester for four months. We chat to the PhD student in the Conway Sphere research group in University College Dublin, and research registrar in the Rotunda Hospital and National Maternity Hospital about his research.

Personal accounts of crisis should be used to build mental health policy and practice.

What causes people to have a mental health crisis? How do they cope and rebuild their lives?
For her PhD, Dr Emma Farrell (UCD School of Education) conducted in-depth interviews with 27 university students who experienced a mental health crisis, piecing together their lives from the origin of their distress through their lowest moments to eventual recovery.

Global Human Computer Interaction and Global Health

Professor Aaron Quigley, Deputy Director and Director of Science at (opens in a new window)CSIRO Data61, the data and digital specialist arm of Australia’s national science agency spoke to HHIT series host Prof Patricia Maguire on 21 March 2023 in the Moore Auditorium, UCD.

Smartwatch health data a “massive opportunity” for researchers

Dr. Cailbhe Doherty is Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science at University College Dublin. He speaks about his citizen science project "Cerberus", which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and plans to create a public databank for smartwatch health data.

Advancing CT scan technology using 3D printed patient surrogates and AI

Irene Hernandez Giron is Assistant Professor in the School of Physics at University College Dublin. She is a medical imaging researcher interested in developing what are called anthropomorphic phantoms - 3d models used as patient surrogates to test the image quality of CT scan machines. She speaks about this and about the use of artificial intelligence in medical imaging.

Evidence shows technology can improve mental health and wellbeing.

Can we outsource mental healthcare to an app? Dr Kevin Doherty is Assistant Professor of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin. Kevin’s research focuses on the design and development of new and improved health and mental healthcare technologies.

Biomedicine and digital health

Prof Paula Petrone, Biomedical data scientist and team lead at (opens in a new window)Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal),and organiser of the (opens in a new window)Women in Data Science (WiDS) Barcelona Biomedicine conference spoke on 21 February 2023.

The astonishing achievements - and potential - of brain-computer interfaces.

Tan Le is founder and CEO of EMOTIV, a San Francisco headquartered neuroinformatics company. An award-winning inventor and author, Le is one of the most influential women in technology. She spoke to HHIT Series host Prof Patricia Maguire on January 31st, 2023 about the astonishing achievements - and potential - of brain-computer interfaces.

Smart, targeted precision medicine drugs

Peter Keeling is CEO of Diaceutics, a Belfast-based med-tech company focussed on diagnostics testing. On February 7th, 2023, he spoke about precision medicine with Professor Patricia Maguire, host of UCD’s Human Health, Impact and Technology [HHIT] series.

The extraordinary potential of AI and machine learning in healthcare

Dr. Rai Winslow, Director of Life Sciences and Medical Research at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University, USA, spoke to HHIT series host Prof. Patricia Maguire about computational medicine and the extraordinary potential of AI and machine learning in healthcare.