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Frontier research at UCC awarded funding

2 Nov 2020

High-risk, high-reward research that has the potential to deliver economic and societal impact have been awarded funding today through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Frontiers for Future programme.

The research and researchers awarded funding are 

  • Professor Utz Roedig -  Personal Voice Assistant Security and Privacy 
  • Professor Liam Marnane & Professor Geraldine Boylan - Model based decision support for newborn brain protection
  • Dr. Yvonne Nolan -  Mechanisms underpinning the interplay between chronic neuroinflammation and exercise on cognitive function during middle age 
  • Professor Ken O'Halloran - Interventional strategy to protect and increase respiratory efficacy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy 
  • Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe - Defining the potential of HDAC5 and HDAC9 as novel therapeutic targets for Parkinson’s disease. 
  • Professor Michael Prentice - Bacterial Microcompartment Engineering : building them up and knocking them down 
  • Dr. Andreas Ruschhaupt - Rolling in the deep: unravelling a neural net’s capacity for language (joint project with TCD & DCU)
  • Dr. Felipe Murphy Armando, Tyndall Institute- Shortcut-Enhanced Quantum Thermodynamics Orbitron

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD said, “I am delighted to support this programme which funds individual-led research, with an emphasis on areas of high-risk, high-reward, which will help us build a better future for Ireland through discovery, innovation, and impact.”  

"Congratulations to the UCC researchers who have secured these prestigious awards. Investigator-led research, funded through this programme, is a critically important element of the national research landscape, enabling the PIs involved to explore new ideas and generate knowledge in their chosen area of research," stated Professor Anita Maguire Vice-President for Research and Innovation.

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland said, these are highly skilled, talented, and dedicated researchers and it is crucial that we invest in their excellent ideas and research, to maintaTn and build on Ireland’s global standing in research, innovation, and discovery.   

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