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27 Feb 2007 - AccesScience '07: Scientific Research Unravelled

Venue: O'Reilly Hall, UCD

Time: 7pm

UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research presents AccesScience ‘07 in O’Reilly Hall, University College Dublin at 7pm on Tuesday, February 27th 2007.

Six postgraduate research students will battle it out in the grand final of this competition to explain their research without using scientific jargon. Draw your own conclusions about how to prevent skin cancer cells growing out of control, the sugar shuttle in diabetes and stopping the cutting machine in HIV.

Pat Kenny will be in the Chair on the night and the students will come under the scrutiny of a celebrity judging panel that includes singer/songwriter, Juliet Turner; Olympic medal winner, John Treacy; Nick Kelly, lead singer with ‘The Fat Lady Sings’ and Nuala Carey, RTE weather presenter. Presentations to prize-winners will be made at a reception following the competition. Admission to the evening is free and all are welcome.

Winners in the adult, primary and secondary school categories of the associated poster competition for the best visual presentation of ‘21st century science’ will be announced on the night. Their posters will be displayed on DART trains and stations as part of the Science Track series, a joint initiative between Iarnroid Eireann and UCD Conway Institute. AccesScience ‘07 is sponsored by Discover Science & Engineering, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Allied Irish Bank and the Biochemical Society.

For further information contact
Ms. Elaine Quinn
Communications & Education Officer,
Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research,
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.
Tel: +353 1 716 6706

William Faller - ‘Figuring out melanoma: DNA methylation’
Elaine McSherry - ‘The missing links?: how breast cancer spreads’
Ronan Feigherty - ‘Kidney disease: the quiet killer’
Katrin Bender - ‘Diabetes and nutrition: the sugar shuttle’
Sonya Cosgrove – ‘Stopping the cutting machine’
John Grealis – ‘The formation of a new anticancer drug’

UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research

UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research is a multidisciplinary research institute on the main Belfield campus of University College Dublin (UCD).  Funded by the Higher Education Authority under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, the Conway Institute opened in September 2003.

The research programme at UCD Conway Institute focuses on biological molecules; examining how individual molecules contribute to the normal operation of cells and organs and how this can be disrupted by disease.  The knowledge gained improves our understanding of the causes and effects of disease. This leads to simpler, more reliable diagnostic tests and treatments.

The 11,200m­2 facility accommodates a total of 450 researchers including postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The innovative building design contributes to promoting interaction between research groups by virtue of its large, open-plan research wings and central spines of shared facilities. A further 150 researchers are located in other parts of the Belfield campus and in the associated teaching hospital; Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St Vincent’s University Hospital and Our lady’s Hospital for Sick Children.

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