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UCD and Northeastern University extend partnership with 5 collaborative research projects

  • 17 February, 2024


UCD and Northeastern University have announced that they have extended their longstanding partnership with undergraduate education to research and doctoral education with the aim of strengthening their shared focus on global challenges in healthcare.

Following the recent signing of a bilateral memorandum of understanding in relation to their partnership, the two institutions have also announced a joint grant competition, funded equally by both institutions, to deepen their existing research collaborations and foster new cross-institutional relationships.

Resulting from this competition, five collaborative research teams will be funded to promote inter-institutional academic relationships and engender long-term, substantial engagement between these two partners. The successful applications were strong, interdisciplinary initiatives that align closely with both institutions’ shared ambition to drive mutual gains in health technologies research and innovation.

While in Boston on a United States trade mission Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD said, "I am delighted to welcome the exciting collaboration between University College Dublin and Northeastern University while in Boston, as they embark on new and groundbreaking research projects. UCD and Northeastern’s partnership reflects our commitment and tireless ambition to fostering innovation and advancing knowledge, ensuring a brighter future for both Ireland and the US through collaborative academic endeavours. It is undoubtedly through educational partnerships that we amplify both countries’ ties and embed our relationship into the 21st century." 

David Madigan, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern University, said, “Northeastern places the highest value on its exceptional partnership with UCD. Collaboration with researchers in Ireland plays a critical role in our intensifying transatlantic engagement with the European Union. We are delighted to support these exciting joint projects at the cutting edge of research on health and technology. Together with UCD, we congratulate the project teams and look forward to the future of collaboration between our institutions."

UCD Vice-President for Global Engagement, Professor Dolores O’Riordan said, “UCD has had a longstanding relationship with Northeastern University providing an international educational experience to undergraduate students. I am delighted that our partnership is now deepening and broadening into research collaborations. UCD was thrilled to see the level of interest from researchers at both Universities to conduct collaborative research. The five funded projects reflect the excellence of UCD and Northeastern researchers in digital technology and health. This funding will seed ideas that will in time blossom and with further investment lead to exciting collaborative outputs to impact global societies. Congratulations to the recipients.

These six-month projects were selected from a pool of 23 applications through a rigorous review process and are the first initiatives funded through the new institutional collaborative relationship between the two universities. Each team awarded will work together to pursue larger external funding programs through EU and US sponsors.

The five projects (and collaborating researchers) are as follows:

Sample Sleuth: Active Learning for Optimal Biomarker Sampling Strategies in Clinical AI

Collaborators are Brian Mac Namee, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the UCD School of Computer Science; Patricia Maguire, Professor of Biochemistry at the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and Director of the UCD Institute for Discovery; and Justin Manjourides, Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Northeastern University with Akram Alshawabkeh, George A. Snell Professor of Engineering and University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering Senior Associate Dean of Research and Global University Campus and Director of PROTECT Superfund Research Center at Northeastern University.

Probing Neurophysiological Mechanisms to Optimise Effectiveness of Multi-Path Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

Collaborators are Brian Caulfield, Full Professor of Physiotherapy at the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Matthew Yarossi, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences at Northeastern University and Joshua Stefanik, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences at Northeastern University.

Mechanical Evaluation of Cartilage Hierarchy and Neo-Organisation

Collaborators are Niamh Nowlan, Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Fellow of the Conway Institute at UCD and Sandra Shefelbine, Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and College of Engineering Associate Dean for Space and Special Initiatives at Northeastern University.

Examining the interaction of a silica-coated nanoparticle containing insulin with a human-derived intestinal organ-on-a-chip

Collaborators are David Brayden, Full Professor of Advanced Drug Delivery at UCD School of Veterinary Medicine and a Fellow of the Conway Institute at UCD; and Rebecca Carrier, Professor and Associate Chair of Research of Chemical Engineering, affiliated faculty of Bioengineering and Biology at Northeastern University.

Amplifying Resilience: Digital Sustainability in DIY Music Communities

Collaborators are Jaime Jones, Associate Professor in Ethnomusicology at the UCD School of Music and Andrew Mall, Associate Professor of Music at Northeastern University.

Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Further Information

UCD and Northeastern University forge formal partnership to strengthen research and learning collaboration