Archive for life sciences

The importance of understanding the life sciences

Posted in research with tags , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“The Royal Irish Academy has announced the publication of a series of statements focusing on the life sciences. The publications are meant to inform the public and help them develop opinions on issues such as gene therapy, diet and biofuel production …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 17 February]

Students protest Imperial College cuts to life sciences

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 December 2010 by Steve

“A year ago, Imperial College London made redundant 21 staff from its medicine faculty, in order to deal with projected budget deficits. Now the university wants similar cost-cutting measures in its life sciences department, and says 14 staff positions are at risk of redundancy in plant sciences and cell biology …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, The Great Beyond, 13 December]

Ireland can join the dots in the life sciences sector to create a system where the risks and rewards of research are shared

Posted in research with tags on 29 October 2010 by Steve

“In times of crisis, the worst reaction is to do nothing. A more positive approach is to evaluate the collective resources and develop a co-ordinated roadmap that will ‘join the dots’. It’s a skill we all developed at school but, once we leave, we seem to forget how to do it. Yet linking up existing elements – or dots – can provide a route from idea to market …” (more)

[Ivan Coulter, Irish Times, 29 October]

Irish life science guide to create ‘smart’ jobs and new technologies

Posted in research with tags , on 28 June 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Technology and Innovation, Conor Lenihan TD, today launched a new Irish guide aimed at helping firms in the life science sector to partner with college researchers in the creation of ‘smart’ jobs. The Enterprise Ireland publication, The Irish Life Sciences Research Guide, is a collation of the life science research capability in our third-level institutions …” (more)

[Finfacts, 27 June]

Time To Ask: Why Not?

Posted in research with tags on 9 April 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s life sciences sector must embrace change and understand how innovation can be used to extend product life, benefiting both patients and profits …” (more)

[Ivan Coulter, Irish Times, 9 April]

Science on the map

Posted in research with tags on 30 January 2010 by Steve

“Mapping genetic interactions is old hat, but now scientists are mapping science itself, and looked to see how it’s been changing. According to the results of a mathematical model, neuroscience, for example, has only evolved into a mature scientific discipline, like molecular biology and medicine, in the last decade, according to the study published online today (January 28) in PLoS ONE …” (more)

[HT: Shane O’Mara]
[The Scientist, 28 January]

New €20m research centre to be set up at UCD

Posted in research with tags , , on 16 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A new €20 million research centre which aims to merge the fields of computer technology and life sciences is to be established at UCD, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Conor Lenihan announced yesterday. The venture is being jointly funded by the Government through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and a range of companies from the private sector, including Hewlett-Packard, Servier, Siemens Ireland, Ark Therapeutics, Agilent Technologies and Protagen AG. So far the industry partners have contributed €4.7 million to the project with an additional €14.8 million provided by the Government …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 16 September]