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H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships

The Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA), a European Commission funding programme under Horizon 2020 aim to support the career development and training of researchers in all scientific disciplines through international and intersectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and beyond. Apply with RCSI! Deadline is September 12th 2018!

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RCSI scientists find new hope in fight against hard to treat form of breast cancer

Doctors may in the future be able to spare some cancer patients the harsh effects of chemotherapy thanks to new research carried out at RCSI and funded by the Irish Cancer Society. The RCSI research team, who are part of the Irish Cancer Society cancer research centre ‘BREAST-PREDICT’, have developed a tool which may predict how effective chemotherapy is likely to be in treating triple-negative breast cancer patients. This early stage research was led by Irish Cancer Society funded PhD student Federico Lucantoni, under the supervision of Jochen Prehn, Professor of Physiology and Director of RCSI’s Centre for Systems Medicine.

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Key outcomes for multimorbidity research identified by RCSI Researchers

New research from RCSI’s Department of General Practice has identified the most appropriate outcomes to assess in studies of patients with multimorbidity, the presence of two or more long term medical conditions. The research has been published in the leading US primary care journal, the Annals of Family Medicine.

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AMBER researchers develop a new material capable of regenerating diseased heart tissue and limiting infection

Researchers from AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science institute, have developed a new biomaterial which is capable of both regenerating tissues which respond to electrical stimuli (such as the nerves, spinal cord, heart, brain and muscles) as well as eliminating infection - an ever-growing problem in hospitals. This could enable enhanced recovery for heart attack and burn patients. The new study is published in Advanced Materials, a leading international materials science journal. The study was led by AMBER researchers at RCSI in partnership with Trinity College Dublin and Eberhard Karls University in Germany.

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Research Day 2018 award winners

A packed programme of staff, postgraduates and undergraduates present their research at the annual RCSI Research Day conference.

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Congenica and SFI Research Centre FutureNeuro Unite to Deliver More Accurate Diagnoses for Genetic Epilepsy

New software to deliver faster and more accurate diagnoses in genetic epilepsies is the ambition of a ground-breaking partnership between Congenica, a global provider of clinical genomics interpretation software, and FutureNeuro, the SFI Research Centre for Chronic and Rare Neurological Diseases, supported by Science Foundation Ireland. The software will be designed to work with electronic health record (EHR) systems, including the Irish electronic health record for Epilepsy, so that the entire diagnostic process, from initial DNA sequencing to determining treatment options, is available to clinicians and patients through their electronic records.

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RCSI to lead €6 million international study to improve treatment for colorectal cancer patients.

RCSI is leading an international team of scientists on a major research study "COLOSSUS" which aims to provide new and more effective ways to classify and treat patients with colorectal cancer. The project will focus on colorectal cancer that has spread from the colon to other parts of the body, known as metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).

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New genetic test can predict adverse reactions to epilepsy drug

A study led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) has identified a new genetic test that can be used to predict if a patient with epilepsy will develop an adverse reaction to a common anti-epileptic drug. The finding will help inform doctors to prescribe the safest and most beneficial treatment for patients with epilepsy.

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President Higgins Presents Future Research Leaders Award to RCSI’s Dr Claire McCoy

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, honoured the recipients of the SFI President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Award at a special ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin today. Dr Claire McCoy, lecturer in Immunology and head of the microRNA Inflammation Research Group at RCSI, is one of five recipients of this prestigious award. Dr McCoy's research is focused on significantly advancing current therapeutic strategies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), where Ireland has the highest global incidence. Her research has identified a small RNA molecule, miR-155, as a novel drug target for the treatment of MS. She has devised an innovative strategy that acts to limit inflammation whilst promote tissue repair, a method that will significantly advance current therapeutic strategies for the treatment of MS.

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Epilepsy linked to changes in structural patterns of brain

Largest-ever neuroimaging study of people with epilepsy shows that the condition involves more widespread physical differences than previously assumed Research carried out by researchers at RCSI in partnership with UCL and the Keck School of Medicine of USC has revealed an association between epilepsy and the thickness and volume differences in the grey matter of several brain regions.

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Cork student scoops RCSI Award at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

Tony O'Halloran from Coláiste An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork won the RCSI Award for the ‘Project with the Best Impact on Human Health' at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS on Friday 12 January 2018. His winning project was entitled "Applications of Queuing Theory to the Public Orthodontic Treatment System".

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SPHeRE Programme Directors welcome HRB investment of €2.5 million for the Programme

The fourth annual SPHeRE Network Conference opened in RCSI today bringing together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners under the theme of

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Time of day affects severity of autoimmune disease

Researchers from RCSI and Trinity College Dublin and have revealed insights into how the body clock and time of day influence immune responses. Understanding the effect of the interplay between 24-hour day-night cycles and the immune system may help inform drug-targeting strategies to alleviate autoimmune disease. The study has been published in Nature Communications.

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New research indicates more positive outlook for people diagnosed with first-episode psychosis

New research from RCSI’s Department of Psychiatry indicates a more positive outlook than previously understood for people diagnosed with first episode psychosis and first episode schizophrenia. The research, led by Dr John Lally and Prof Kieran Murphy at RCSI, has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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Unique study provides the first genetic map of the people of Ireland

Researchers led by RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the Genealogical Society of Ireland have published 'The Irish DNA Atlas; Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland' in the journal Scientific Reports. The landmark study provides the first fine-scale genetic map of the island of Ireland, revealing patterns of genetic similarity, so far in ten distinct clusters, roughly aligned with the ancient Provinces as well as with major historical events including the invasions of the Norse Vikings and the Ulster Plantations.

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€4M haemophilia study launched: ground-breaking study will improve patients' quality of life through personalised treatment

RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Shire, in partnership with the Irish Haemophilia Society, will today jointly announce a major new €4 million, patient-orientated study entitled

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RCSI and Inflection Biosciences enter research collaboration to target therapy-resistant breast cancer

RCSI and Inflection Biosciences Ltd, a private company developing innovative therapeutics for cancer, today announced a research collaboration that aims to understand why there can be resistance to major breast cancer therapies and examine potential new treatments by Inflection Biosciences for patients with a cancer that does not respond effectively to existing therapies.

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RCSI wins prestigious tripartite €5.1 million award as part of global project to tackle colorectal cancer

RCSI has been successful in a €5.1m tripartite grant award to tackle colorectal cancer. The prestigious US-Ireland partnership award provides a unique opportunity to bring together leading researchers from GE Research in the US, RCSI and Queen’s University Belfast in an interdisciplinary programme of research to develop new approaches to diagnose and treat the deadly disease.

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Dr Stephen Keely awarded €1 million for research into the treatment of chronic intestinal diseases

Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD has announced an investment of €43 million in 26 research projects through the SFI Investigators Programme. Among those successfully funded was RCSI who was awarded €1.07m for research into the treatment of chronic intestinal diseases.

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RCSI and Wellman International enter research partnership to prevent bedsores

RCSI and Wellman International have today announced a new research collaboration that aims to reduce the number of severe pressure ulcers occurring in vulnerable older persons.

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Identification of a new mechanism for the development of schizophrenia

Scientists from RCSI and Trinity College Dublin have discovered that abnormalities of blood vessels in the brain may play a major role in the development of schizophrenia, a debilitating condition that affects around 1% of people in Ireland.

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RCSI to lead major international study to improve treatment outcomes for brain cancer patients

RCSI is leading an international team of scientists on a major research study that aims to train the next generation of brain cancer researchers. The project (“GLIOTRAIN”) has received funding of almost €3.9 million from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme.

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RCSI Scientists in discovery of estrogen actions in colorectal cancer

Findings from researchers in the department of Molecular Medicine new findings published in journal Oncotarget.

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Dr. Cathal Kearney awarded a €1.375 million European Research Council’s (ERC) Starter Grant

Dr Cathal Kearney from RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) Department of Anatomy and the Science Foundation Ireland funded AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) centre has been awarded a €1.375 million European Research Council’s (ERC) Starter Grant for ground-breaking research to combat diabetic foot ulcers.

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Taoiseach launches four new world-class Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres

FutureNeuro centre for research chronic and rare neurological diseases is led by Professor David Henshall of RCSI.

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RCSI Father – Son invited speakers at FASEB Summer Conference.

Prof Brian Harvey (Molecular Medicine) and son Dr Harry Harvey (PhD RCSI Cancer Genetics) were invited speakers at the recent FASEB Summer Research Conference on steroid hormones held in Snowmass, Colorado.

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RCSI's Dr Annie Curtis wins L'Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship For Women in Science

Dr Annie Curtis, StAR Research Lecturer in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics (MCT) of RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) has been awarded a prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 2017 Fellowship at a ceremony held in the Royal Society in London yesterday evening. The award is worth more than €17,000 and will support Dr Curtis's research focusing on the human body clock and its control of inflammation.

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New world-class SFI Research Centre for neurological diseases to be established at RCSI

Science Foundation Ireland today announced that it will invest €72 million over the next six years in four new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland. The new SFI Research Centres will be supported by 80 industry partners who will provide an additional €38 million to support cutting-edge basic and applied research with strong industry engagement, economic and societal impact. The decision follows a comprehensive international peer review process involving leading industry and academic experts over the last 12 months.

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RCSI scientists discover gene that blocks spread of colon cancer

Researchers from RCSI and the University of Nice, France, have discovered the function of a gene called KCNQ1 that is directly related to the survival of colon cancer patients. The gene produces pore-forming proteins in cell membranes, known as ion channels.

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First National Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Research Programme to strengthen CF research in Ireland

RCSI and the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) today announced an exciting new partnership aimed at strengthening paediatric cystic fibrosis (CF) research at the NCRC, based at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. This will be a €1.1 million research programme which will run for five years.

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Irish Centre for Vascular Biology is launched

The Irish Centre for Vascular Biology was launched today at RCSI. The establishment of the new Irish Centre for Vascular Biology, based at RCSI, will be comprised of an integrated network of groups in Irish universities, hospitals, SMEs and industry partners in Ireland, both north and south, involved in vascular-related research.

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Inappropriate medication prescriptions linked to increased hospitalisation of older people in Ireland

The inappropriate prescribing of medications from healthcare professionals is associated with a high risk of adverse drug events in older people in Ireland. In addition, the omission of some recommended medications from prescriptions is also linked with an increased risk of having to visit to an accident and emergency department.

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RCSI Research Day 2017

A packed programme of staff, postgraduates and undergraduates present their research at the annual RCSI Research Day conference.

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RCSI image illustrating breast cancer conversations unveiled as a winner of Wellcome Image Awards 2017

An image which illustrates a fascinating visualisation of Twitter conversations about breast cancer, created by a team at RCSI, has been unveiled as a winner of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017.

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RCSI Department of Surgery wins Irish Association of Cancer Research Awards

RCSI scooped 25% of the awards from the conference which is a great achievement.

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Discovery on children’s bone growth to advance development of bone healing therapies

RCSI scientists are developing an advanced technology to speed up bone repair in adults who have suffered severe fractures and bone degeneration. This follows the identification of a gene which explains why children’s stem cells form bone very quickly.

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RCSI research into bowel cancer drugs to have impact on tailored patient treatments

Drug development and the cost of treatments to health care funders also impacted by findings

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Students to share experiences at 6th RCSI International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students (ICHAMS)

The sixth International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students (ICHAMS) is currently underway at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and continues until Saturday February 18th, 2017.

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EU ADMIRE Conference RCSI 2-3 March 2017

Aldosterone and Mineralocorticoid Receptor

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RCSI and Almac Discovery enter research collaboration to target therapy-resistant cancer tumours

Research has potential to improve 20 per cent survival rate in ovarian cancer

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New study on Irish Travellers confirms Irish ancestry and estimates split from settled community

Research shows Travelling Community diverged from ‘settled' population before Great Famine

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Prof Brian Harvey to give talk at Royal Dutch Academy Conference on Hypertenion in Maastricht

Brian Harvey, Professor of Molecular Medicine, to address the conference on 24th March 2017

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Experts discuss next generation treatments for epilepsy at RCSI MyHealth free public lecture

Gene-targeting therapies and wearable tech among future treatments for epilepsy

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Annual SPHeRE Network Conference opens in RCSI

The third SPHeRE Network Conference opens in RCSI today bringing together over 180 researchers, policy-makers and practitioners under the theme of "Supporting solutions: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice".

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RCSI awards contract for €9.5 million expansion of Education and Research Building at Beaumont Hospital to the Stewart Group

RCSI will invest in the region of €11 million in the development of the construction of the 30,000 sq ft three-story extension.

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New RCSI-led WATERSPOUTT project to increase affordable access to safe drinking water

A major international research project led by researchers at RCSI in Dublin is developing low-cost technologies to reduce the number of people worldwide who rely on unsafe drinking water.

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Two RCSI-led studies find doctor emigration remains a challenge for Irish Health Service

Two RCSI-led studies find doctor emigration remains a challenge for Irish Health Service

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French-Irish scientific collaboration strengthened with new agreement signed at RCSI

French-Irish scientific collaboration strengthened with new agreement signed at RCSI

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RCSI wins national award for Knowledge Transfer Initiative of the Year

RCSI wins national award for Knowledge Transfer Initiative of the Year

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RCSI School of Physiotherapy hosts Queensland University Professor

RCSI School of Physiotherapy hosts Queensland University Professor

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