Research consortium involving Trinity has received world’s largest autism grant

A €115 million grant has been awarded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) to an international consortium consisting of Trinity and 47 other universities and research organisations. The grant, Autism Innovative Medicine Studies-2-Trials (AIMS-2-Trials), is led by King’s College London.   AIMS-2-Trials will be the first clinical trials network for autism based […]

Trinity research reveals tumour-killing drugs does not hinder cancer-targeting cells

  A team led by Dr David Finlay, Ussher assistant professor in Immunometabolism in Trinity, gained new insights in the metabolism of Natural Killer (NK) cells, which target cancer. The study showed that drugs designed to kill tumours do not inhibit the function of NK cells.   The new study found that glutamine, an amino […]

Trinity scientists make breakthrough in the study of tuberculosis

   Trinity scientists working alongside St James’ Hospital have made a significant breakthrough in the study of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) treatment. The breakthrough shows how vitamin A drives the human lung’s immune system to control TB.   The advances help us to understand how vitamin A works to support the lung’s immunity from TB. It outlines […]

Trinity researchers develop device expected to revolutionise cardiac therapy

Trinity researchers has partnered with researchers from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), AMBER and Harvard University to develop a breakthrough tool that allows cardiac therapy to be delivered directly to the heart after a cardiac arrest. The tool, named Therepi, is implanted […]

Science and the pursuit of knowledge

What has been pivotal in both the arts and the sciences even before they were formally instituted as separate branches of study has been the underlying curiosity of human beings, who like you and me, had the innate desire to further understand the world around them. Within the sciences, appreciation for this core principle has […]

Trinity Professor Luke O’Neill wins award for inflammation and immunity research

Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and immunology, has won the 2018 Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for his research on the role of innate immunity in the host immune response.   The International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) will also honour joint-recipient Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti with the award, which is the highest honour […]

Domestication and its genetic consequences

We live amongst the many animals we have domesticated. From the food many of us eat to the pets that we keep, humans have manipulated species to suit our needs for millennia. Despite this, if you were to ask most people for a definition of what a domesticated animal is they would be puzzled. Even […]

Curiosity’s 2000th day on Mars

You might remember back in February, when Opportunity, the little rover that could, completed its 5000th Martian day. Well, NASA’s Curiosity rover, which touched down via skycrane in August 2016, has spent over 2000 Sols, or Martian days, on Mars (Around 2056 Earth Days).   Curiosity is part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL), […]

Climeworks carbon capture plant opens in Zurich

In May last year, a scientific curiosity opened in Zurich. A company called Climeworks set up the first commercial plant designed to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the air. This idea has been floating around for a number of decades as a method to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations and avoid climate change, and is […]

They’ve finally cracked it — how our knuckles can make so much noise

The mystery of cracking joints has long been a fascination of both daydreamers and scientists alike. The most famous experiment regarding knuckle cracking was carried out by Donald Unger, who in a bid to test the supposed link between arthritis and joint cracking spent 50 years cracking his left hand twice daily and not his […]


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