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  • Ground-breaking international research determines role insects and deadwood play in carbon cycle

    01 Sep 2021
    Ground-breaking international research determines role insects and deadwood play in carbon cycle

    ·         Some 10.9 giga-tons of carbon are released from deadwood in forests worldwide annually - equivalent to roughly 115% of fossil fuel emissions

    ·         29% of the carbon that's released from forests is actually released through insect decomposition

    ·         University College Cork President among global team conducting research at forests in countries across six continents, including Ireland.

    An international research team, including University College Cork President Prof John O’Halloran, has determined the annual contribution made by deadwood to the global carbon cycle and quantified the importance of insects in the decomposition of wood for the first time.

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  • New Podcast Aims to Break Down the World of Chemistry

    30 Aug 2021
    New Podcast Aims to Break Down the World of Chemistry

    A new University College Cork (UCC) podcast – The Periodic Table of People – aims to break down the world of chemistry, so that students seeking to study or work in this wonderful field can learn more about science.

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  • Inhibitor drug ‘primes’ the body to better respond to anti-cancer treatment

    17 Aug 2021
    Inhibitor drug ‘primes’ the body to better respond to anti-cancer treatment
    "There may be a role for this combination of therapies in breast cancers” 
     
    Combining a histone deacetylase inhibitor drug with immunotherapy agents is safe, and may benefit some patients with advanced cancers that have not responded to traditional therapy, according to results of a phase 1 clinical trial involving University College Cork (UCC) and US researchers.
     
    During the study, 33 patients with advanced solid tumors received the histone deacetylase inhibitor drug entinostat for two weeks. Then, some patients received the immunotherapy agent nivolumab, a checkpoint inhibitor, in combination with the entinostat, while others received both nivolumab and a second checkpoint inhibitor agent, ipilimumab, after the initial dosing with entinostat.
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  • UCC unveils banner in support of Paralympians

    16 Aug 2021
    UCC unveils banner in support of Paralympians
    University College Cork (UCC) has unveiled a banner on its old historic gates in support of its current student and Paralympian, Mary Fitzgerald, who will represent Team Ireland at the games in Tokyo.
     
    With the action set to get underway in Japan on 24 August until 5 September, third year Occupational Therapy student and Quercus Scholar, Mary Fitzgerald and alumni Patrick O’ Leary (Canoeist) and Niamh McCarthy (discus) are members of Ireland's team of 29 athletes who will compete at the games.
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  • Microbes turn back the clock as UCC research discovers their potential to reverse aging in the brain.

    09 Aug 2021
    Microbes turn back the clock as UCC research discovers their potential to reverse aging in the brain.

    Research from APC Microbiome Ireland (APC) SFI Research Centre at University College Cork (UCC) published today in the leading international scientific journal Nature Aging introduces a novel approach to reverse aspects of aging-related deterioration in the brain and cognitive function via the microbes in the gut.

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  • University College Cork appoints new President

    03 Aug 2021
    University College Cork appoints new President

    University College Cork (UCC) has today, (3 August 2021), appointed Professor John O’Halloran as the sixteenth President of the University with effect from 30 August 2021.

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  • UCC student and alumnus win Olympic Gold

    29 Jul 2021
    UCC student and alumnus win Olympic Gold

    UCC student and alumna also win first ever Olympic Medal for Irish women's rowing

    History was made in the small hours of this morning as Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy secured Ireland’s first ever Olympic Gold medal in Rowing at the Tokyo games. Paul is one of seven University College Cork students at the Olympics in Tokyo, meaning UCC has more students on Team Ireland than any other Higher Education Institute in the country.

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  • New historic walking trail for Cork city

    23 Jul 2021
    New historic walking trail for Cork city

    A new historic walking trail – “The Cork Abolitionists Trail”- launches this week in Cork. The trail across the city has been created to trace the footsteps of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass who visited Cork in 1845, and the 12-stop route has been launched by City and County officials, a direct descendant of Frederick Douglass, and a star of the hit musical Hamilton.  

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  • KPMG Announces Five Year Partnership with UCC

    21 Jul 2021
    KPMG Announces Five Year Partnership with UCC

    ▪ Expected growth in market demand for talented graduates to continue

    ▪ €600k in funding will be distributed over a five-year period

    ▪ KPMG will support a Research, Learning, and Teaching Fund

     

    Today, KPMG announced a five-year partnership with University College Cork (UCC) to fund further initiatives in support of its business education programme. The €600,000 bursary will see KPMG provide funds to the University’s Business School for a range of student engagement activities, including scholarships, work experience, and events.

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  • UCC experts appointed to lead Covid-19 response

    20 Jul 2021
    UCC experts appointed to lead Covid-19 response

    University College Cork experts have been appointed to lead key areas of Ireland’s national public health response to Covid-19.

    Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly recently announced the appointment of Professor Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Dean of the UCC School of Medicine, as Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Rapid Testing.

    Meanwhile, the Government’s Expert Group on the Role of Ventilation in Reducing Transmission of COVID-19 - chaired by UCC Professor of Chemistry John Wenger - has published its initial reports and recommendations. This group also counts Prof Mike Prentice, Chair of Medical Microbiology at UCC, as a member.

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