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  • Researchers in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics nominated for the Bridge Network 2018 Invention of the Year Award

    10 Sep
    Researchers in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics nominated for the Bridge Network 2018 Invention of the Year Award

    Congratulations to Professor Thomas Walther on being shortlisted for the Bridge Network 2018 Invention of the Year Award. Members of Professor Walther's team, Andrew Moore and Maura Naughton have also been acknowledged for their role in collecting data in support of Professor Walther's research. 

    Bridge Network is the largest technology transfer consortium in Ireland and comprises the techology transfer offices from University College Cork, Cork Institute of Techology, Teagasc and the Institute of Technology Tralee.  This award celebrates and recognises excellence in innovations and inventions whose benefits add significant impact to the economy and to society.

    Announcing the 2018 Invention of the Year Awards Shortlist, Vice President of Research & Innovation, University College Cork and Chair of the Bridge Network Governance Committee, Professor Anita Maquire said " ... Outputs from our research in UCC, CIT, Teagasc and IT Tralee not only lead to breakthrough innovations and pioneering technologies across all industry sectors, but in addition through our knowlege transfer activities, we support our researchers on the journey of commercialisation ensuring the potential economic and societal impact of their work is optimised by the technology transfer capabilties of consortium member institutions."

    The judging panel is comprised of Irish and international experts in research, innovation, commercialisation, knowlege transfer and industry. 

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  • Welcome Dr Maria Buckley

    03 Aug
    Welcome Dr Maria Buckley

    Dr Maria Buckley joins the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics as a lecturer on the Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) Programme. Previously, she worked at the Department of Psychiatry and Neuro-behavioural Science & APC Microbiome Ireland. 

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  • Welcome Dr Cathal McCarthy

    01 Aug
    Welcome Dr Cathal McCarthy

    Dr. Cathal McCarthy has recently been appointed a Lecturer in Pharmacology and Therapeutics where he will be lecturing on the new BSc in Medical & Health Sciences.  Dr McCarthy is also Principal Investigator of both the HRB-funded COMRADES Study: MitoChondrial DysfunctiOn and Metainflammation in PRe-eclampsiA and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, and also the HRB-funded DIVINE study; “Dysfunctional mItochondria proVokes Inflammation iN prEeclampsia”

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  • Dementia & Neurodegeneration Network Ireland & Cork Neuroscience Centre have organised a meeting on funding for Irish Research for Degenerative Diseases of the Brain.

    15 Jun
    Dementia & Neurodegeneration Network Ireland & Cork Neuroscience Centre have organised a meeting on funding for Irish Research for Degenerative Diseases of the Brain.

    A meeting will take place in UCC on Sat 23rd June (10.30-4.15pm) to discuss research funding for degenerative diseases of the brain in Ireland. This meeting is organised by Dementia & Neurodegenerative Network Ireland and Cork Neuroscience Centre and part hosted by the Deparment of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, UCC.  

    Neurodegenerative diseases are chronic, debilitating and largely untreatable conditions that are strongly linked with ageing. There is an estimated 55,000 people living with dementia and an estimated 9,000 people living with Parkinson's didease in Ireland. Neurodegenerative diseases place huge costs on society - both emotional and economic, and these costs represent the fastest growing burdens on healthcare systems in developed countries. For Alzheimer’s Disease alone, the total direct and informal care costs are presently estimated at €2 billion per annum in Ireland. The total health & social care costs for dementia exceed stroke, cancer and heart disease combined, making it Ireland’s most expensive disease. Despite this, funding for research in dementia and neurodegeneration has been disproportionately low when compared with the burden of disease. Only 2% of the national research budget has been allocated to neurodegenerative disease research, despite the significant societal burden of these diseases.

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  • UCC PhD Candidates among prize winners at Annual Meeting of the Irish Association of Pharmacologists

    24 Nov
    UCC PhD Candidates among prize winners at Annual Meeting of the Irish Association of Pharmacologists

    Congratulations to Jacinta Walsh PhD candidate at the Department Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Elaine Enright PhD candidate at the School of Pharmacy who were each awarded the Young Investigator Award for Best Poster and Best Oral Presentation respectively at the Irish Association of Pharmacologists Annual Meeting on 24th November 2017.  

    Also pictured are Dr Catríona Dowling (RCSI) who was awarded the prize for Best Oral Presentation and Dr Husvinee Sundaramurthi (UCD Conway Institute) who won the award for Best Poster.

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  • NeuroGASTO 2017 at UCC

    24 Aug
    NeuroGASTO 2017 at UCC

    Dr Niall Hyland was one of the principal organisers of a festival of neurogastroenterology at UCC which culminated in NeuroGASTRO 2017, the flagship conference o the Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society.  Over 450 delegates attended from across Europe and the world.  This is a leading forum for discussion of the most recent cutting-edge research by leading investigators in the field of neurogastroenterology. 

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  • Congratulations Sara Coffey

    31 Jul
    Congratulations Sara Coffey

    Sara Coffey has been awarded the prize for best performance by a UCC medical student at the Prescribing Safely Assessment (PSA) 2017.  Over 80 candidates sat for the PSA in 2017. 

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  • Launch of NeuroGASTRO 2017 in San Francisco

    19 Oct
    Launch of NeuroGASTRO 2017 in San Francisco

     

    The recent Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility Meeting (FNM) in San Francisco provided the springboard to launch and promote “NeuroGASTRO 2017” – the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility’s (ESNM) European meeting. NeuroGASTRO 2017 will run from August 24th- 26th, 2017 and will be held at University College Cork (UCC) - home to the APC Microbiome Institute. Dr. Niall Hyland (Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and APC Microbiome Institute) and Dr. Gerard Clarke (Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioural Science) successfully bid to host NeuroGASTRO 2017 at UCC and look forward to welcoming attendees to one of the oldest institutes of higher learning in Ireland.

     

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  • Congratulations Sarah Mabelson

    04 Jul
    Congratulations Sarah Mabelson

    Sarah Mabelson has been awarded a prize by the British Pharmacological Society (https://www.bps.ac.uk/) for her performance at the Prescribing Safely Assessment (PSA) held recently in University College Cork. 

    Sarah achieved top marks from among over 90 students in the fourth and final years of their MB degree who sat the assessment in UCC. 

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  • Andrew Moore newly appointed LCMS Technician

    03 May
    Andrew Moore newly appointed LCMS Technician

    The Department has recently installed a new Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LCMS) machine, and is very pleased to announce the appointment of technician Andrew Moore who will work with researchers and Principal Investigators in the labs, collecting and analysing data.

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  • Congratulations to Edmond Morrissey

    24 Nov
    Congratulations to Edmond Morrissey

    The Department extends congratulations to Edmond Morrissey who was awarded the 2015 BPS Prize for Clinical Pharmacology.  This prize is awarded to the student who gains first place overall in Medical Pharmacology at the Third Medicial university examination.

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  • Dr. Hyland Receives SFI Grant Funding

    20 May
    Dr. Hyland Receives SFI Grant Funding

    ‌Dr. Niall Hyland and co-applicants, Dr. Aileen Houston (Medicine), Dr. Susan Joyce (Microbiology) and Dr. Cormac Gahan (Microbiology), were competitively awarded funding through the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre’s Innovation Platform, supported by Science Foundation Ireland. The award is for four years (Eur 158,000) and aims to investigate the role of the microbiota in colon cancer.

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  • Dr. Hyland's Research Presented in Chicago

    03 May
    Dr. Hyland's Research Presented in Chicago

    Dr. Niall Hyland’s work was selected for a lecture presentation as part of the Neurogastroenterology & Motility Distinguished Abstract Plenary at Digestive Disease Week held in Chicago (May 3rd -6th 2014. The lecture presentation was entitled “Probiotics influence colonic secretomotor function and gastrointestinal physiology in the mouse: In vitro and in vivo studies with Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 and Lactobacillus salivarius UCC118”. The work was carried out by Mr. Kevin Lomasney (PhD student, Dept. of Pharmacology & Therapeutics) and was co-supervised by Prof. John Cryan (Dept. of Anatomy & Neuroscience)

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  • Dr. Moore’s research presented at the University of Maryland

    19 May
    Dr. Moore’s research presented at the University of Maryland

    Six presentations (two oral) from Dr. Anne Moore’s were selected for the Third International Conference on Microneedles at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore (May 19-21, 2014). This is the follow-on conference from the 2012 meeting held in Cork, a highly successful meeting of >180 delegates organised by Conor O’Mahony in Tyndall & Dr. Moore.

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