Category: Research

2017 MSc Biotechnology Programme at NUI Galway achieves Programme of the Year Award in the Science category from GradIreland.

Congratulations to the MSc Biotechnology team: Drs Aoife Boyd, Mary Ní Fhlathartaigh and Aileen Gill to all the teaching staff of the programme. The NUI Galway MSc Biotechnology programme is the longest running course of its kind in Ireland and it continues to be the most up-to-date programme in the country. This programme was awarded the 2017 Postgraduate Course of the year award -Science cat...

Power of Penicillin: Scientists in Galway have discovered that penicillin can be used to make other antibiotics more effective at fighting MRSA.

New research shows that the virulence of MRSA can be weakened using old-fashioned penicillin, allowing the immune system a better chance to eradicate the infection. The new research is published today by a team from the NUI Galway and the University of Liverpool in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. 20% of patients infected with MRSA are dying from systemic infect...

Lasker Award Winner visits NUI Galway

The Apoptosis Research Centre at NUI Galway hosted a highly successful visit from eminent cell biology researcher, Professor Kazutoshi Mori on 1st and 2nd November 2016. Professor Mori of Kyoto University shares the 2014 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with Peter Walter of the University of California, San Francisco. Walter and Mori were honoured for their work identifying core components of...

Nobel Prize-winning research lays foundations for cancer research at Apoptosis Research Centre, NUI Galway

This week, the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced and, much to the delight of cancer researchers working in the same field at the Apoptosis Research Centre in NUI Galway, it was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy. Autophagy is a mechanism that our cells have for breaking down and recycling parts of the cell and Profess...

New insights into potent cancer tumour suppressor gene

New insight into the function of a gene important in the suppression of cancer is published today. Researchers at the National University of Ireland Galway have shown that the TP53 gene has even greater anti-cancer activity than previously thought. Professor Noel Lowndes is head of the Centre for Chromosome Biology at the National University of Ireland Galway and a Science Foundation Ireland Pr...

NUI Galway Researcher Wins Prestigious Pain Prize

Left to right: Ms Aoife Smith (Mundipharma, prize sponsors), Mr Conor Rothwell (Mundipharma, prize sponsors), Ms Andy Cochrane (Maynooth University; winner of the Clinical Research Medal, Ms Louise Corcoran (NUI Galway, winner of the Non Clinical Research Medal), Prof David Finn (President of the Irish Pain Society), Ms Joanne O' Brien (President-Elect of the Irish Pain Society). Friday...

The 4th DECIDE Training School at NUIG -13th to 17th June 2016

The 4th DECIDE Training School took place at the National University of Ireland, Galway and Orbsen Therapeutics Ltd. A very good time was had by all! Many thanks to Rhodri, Noreen, Steve and Triona for all of their hard work making all of the arrangements, the guest speakers for their excellent training and to all of the Fellows for their presentations....

NUI Galway scientists in stem cell breakthrough

Biomedical researchers from the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI ) and CÚRAM at NUI Galway, in collaboration with clinicians from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC ) have developed the first in Ireland synchronised beating heart cells from human pluripotent stem (iPS ) cells made from skin biopsy. The research funded in partnership by REMEDI and the National Children’s...

NUI Galway research study discovers the partial or complete suppression of an individual’s immune system following major surgery can lead to post-surgical mortality

Scientists at NUI Galway completed a research study which has revealed that post-traumatic immunosuppression (PTI) is one of the leading causes of post-surgical mortality and makes patients vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections, multiple organ failure and many other complications. The study was published today (29 April) in the international journal Clinical & Translational Immunology...

Junior Achievement Awards 2016

More than 100 pupils from Primary Schools in Galway had the chance to experience the wonderful world of science recently and discover that science is actually great fun! The students from St. Brendan B.N.S., Loughrea,  Killeeneen N.S., Craughwell, St. Michael’s B.N.S., Mervue and Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla had a day to remember at Challenge Science 2016, which was supported by Boston Scientifi...