Irish scientific research successes.

Nudavongs

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I'm starting this because I think we could do with a thread where Irish scientific successes are highlighted here.

I think it's something that's needed because the achievements of Irish scientists in this day and age (never mind decades ago) are under-recognised.

A lot of it will be quite technical but I won't be quoting directly from the science journals so it shouldn't be too hard to understand.

This being Politics.ie, I'm aware that this thread is likely to be derailed by people saying:
- Irish science education is useless and/or
- Irish scientists are useless and/or
- Irish scientific research policy is useless
etc....

While I have no control of it, I would plead with such people to take such concerns to another thread. If we're agreed that Irish scientists are under-recognised, then derailing a thread devoted to recognising them kind of puts you on the other side of the fence since then the occasional entry on the achievements of Irish science will be lost in dozens of posts where people are swinging at each other.


Thank you in advance.
 


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And here's the first one:

Scientists pull at heart strings in stress study - RTÉ News

Scientists [at Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (AMBER), based at Trinity College Dublin] have for the first time measured the fatigue strength of the chord-like tendons in the heart or heart strings.

The research on chordae tendineae will help scientists to understand how much repeated stress the tendons can take before rupturing.

This in turn should help understanding of the problems that disease and age can lead to in this important part of the heart.
 

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Another one from a few days ago.

Scientists develop programme to detect seizures - RTÉ News

A team of scientists in Cork have developed a computer programme to alert doctors when newborn babies are having seizures.

The programme is the first in the world to be developed to clinical trial stage, and doctors say it has the potential to help up to a million babies worldwide every year.
 

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WIT research finds potential new ways to deliver drugs for treatment of skin conditions
Micro needle vaccine delivery is going to be big.
I am not aware of a product on the market as yet, but the technology is safe, effective and cheap if you take adverse events associated with par enteral delivery (infection, extravasation, bruising) into consideration.
It may also allow self-administration in certain circumstances - say something like getting your flu vaccine patch posted out to you.
 

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WIT research finds potential new ways to deliver drugs for treatment of skin conditions
Micro needle vaccine delivery is going to be big.
I am not aware of a product on the market as yet, but the technology is safe, effective and cheap if you take adverse events associated with par enteral delivery (infection, extravasation, bruising) into consideration.
It may also allow self-administration in certain circumstances - say something like getting your flu vaccine patch posted out to you.
Excellent! Many thanks for posting. I've put it on Facebook.

Of course, one of the problems with skin creams is that - for example, unlike ingested drugs - it's harder to control the rate of release of the active ingredient.
 

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James Ussher correctly dated the beginning of the world to 6 pm on 22 October 4004 BC.:)
 

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John Philip Holland designed the first submarine while he was a teacher in Cork. Didn't get built untill he was in the US though.
 

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Good stuff going on all the time as far as I can see,for example:
DCU researchers are developing a new €25 blood test for bowel cancer which could save thousands of lives by spotting the disease at the earliest possible opportunity. The simple check will pick up on antibodies in the blood produced as the body reacts to the onset of bowel cancer.

The collaboration between researchers from the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at Dublin City University and Irish biotech firm Randox promises that the new test will be a significant breakthrough in the diagnosis of bowel cancer and could be available for widespread use by the end of next year.

Studies show that the identification of these very specific biomarkers will allow for a test which is more sensitive and accurate than existing screening. This means it will not only save lives, through earlier, more reliable and faster diagnosis but, because it is non-invasive, it is hoped it will encourage more people to come forward for bowel cancer testing.
https://www.dcu.ie/news/2015/feb/s0115c.shtml
 

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No such thing as "Irish" Science, just Science.

The bogus concept of "Irish" Science is a public relations gimmick aimed at siphoning more funds from taxpayers for dodgy research.
 

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John Philip Holland designed the first submarine while he was a teacher in Cork. Didn't get built untill he was in the US though.
Indeed. He's one of those I'm planning a post on a later stage. AFAIK, his own country has commemorated him with one poxy postage stamp in the 1980s (depicted below on the right). Other countries have commemorated him similarly but assumed he was American.

 

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Some exciting research being carried out into breast cancer and aspirin, funded by the Irish Cancer society.
 

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This County Kildare woman was quite a trailblazer in her day - being one of the first (of two) women to be elected Fellow(s) of the Royal Society (FRS) in the UK. She did some very innovative work on the benzene ring and was one of the earliest pioneers in the field of crystallography.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Lonsdale
 

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This County Kildare woman was quite a trailblazer in her day - being one of the first (of two) women to be elected Fellow(s) of the Royal Society (FRS) in the UK. She did some very innovative work on the benzene ring and was one of the earliest pioneers in the field of crystallography.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Lonsdale
Indeed-UL doing many exciting things in this area.And getting the awards to prove it.

SSPC Scientific Awards Received | Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre
 

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Indeed. He's one of those I'm planning a post on a later stage. AFAIK, his own country has commemorated him with one poxy postage stamp in the 1980s (depicted below on the right). Other countries have commemorated him similarly but assumed he was American.

If I remember correctly another Irishman came up with an earlier design for a submarine while he was living in south America. He was part of a plot to rescue Napoleon from St Helena that never went ahead. I tried finding a reference for it in some of my books but no joy....

Im glad Holland got a stamp.
 

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I reckon the importance of a scientific discovery can usually only be assessed with hindsight - hence the lag between research achievement and award of a Nobel Prize.
An announcement on Morning Ireland is often just a mix of pious hope and sometimes delivers distress by offering hope dishonestly. Announcements should be at minimum be based on results that have been independently verified. And an announcement of funding to conduct research maybe 'news' its not 'results' !
 


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