A productive summer for Life Sciences

We’ve had a glorious unprecedented sunny summer here in Ireland. For once, we even complained of the heat !  The sunshine brought with it zest and energy.  For those of us  leading the way in in the Clinical Research  in Ireland, its’s not only the sunshine that had us smiling, there’ve been a lot of very positive events over the last few months that proves the vibrancy of the Irish life science  sector.

In May CRC A state- of- the- art €7 million Clinical Research Facility (CRF), a joint initiative between Trinity College Dublin and St James’s Hospital was opened on May 30th by Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. This exciting new initiative is part of the ongoing development of the knowledge economy in Ireland.

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As part of its objective to be involved in research, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) announced it will provide €2.5m over the next five years to fund a  project that will involve the researching, manufacturing and for the first time transplanting of adult human stem cells for the treatment of arthritis, burns and diabetic foot ulcers.

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Irish researchers led by a group in NUI Maynooth have made an important discovery that could lead to new treatments for inflammatory bowel diseases. They confirmed the role of a protein that protects against the effects of the disease and hope a drug could be developed to reduce the difficult symptoms of inflammatory bowel in conditions such as Crohn’s disease.

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Finally Ireland has received a special mention as one of five ‘Up and Coming’ destinations for high level research based on the quality and quantity of scientific research being carried out in our research institutes.  “if you count the number of published pieces in Nature as a proportion of the number of full-time researchers, Ireland ranks 8th in the world.”

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Lets hope the  research funding continues… …….