Trinity Professor Patrick Geoghegan hired as Taoiseach’s speechwriter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hired Professor Patrick Geoghegan, a Historian at Trinity College, to assist him in speechwriting, research and other issues. Prof. Geoghegan is on sabbatical in Trinity College and will be given a leave of absence to join Mr Varadkar’s staff.   Speaking to Trinity News, Professor Geoghegan said: “The details of the […]

Two Trinity professors nominated for a US-Ireland research innovation award

  Professor Jane Farrar from Trinity’s School of Genetics and Microbiology and Professor Sabina Brennan, a research assistant from Trinity’s Institute of Neuroscience, have been nominated for a US-Ireland Research Innovation award. Both professors are shortlisted in the Higher Education Institution category.   The awards are a joint initiative between the Royal Irish Academy and […]

Trinity research shows glucose may hold key role in fighting cancer

Researchers at Trinity have discovered that glucose may play a key role in fighting cancer.   Glucose is a sugar which is vital for energy and cell growth. When responding to infections, the immune system becomes active and uses high amounts of glucose. Typically when immune cells are starved of glucose, they become debilitated, such […]

USI expresses concern over spending in higher education institutions

  The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed concern over the spending of students and taxpayer’s money in higher education institutions, following revelations about the use of finances in colleges across the country, which were outlined in an RTE Investigates programme that aired on Thursday night.   The programme revealed numerous examples of […]

Trinity PhD student designs website for families of transgender young people

A new website, which aims to help the families of gender diverse children and transgender young people, has been designed as part of a PhD study by a Trinity College PhD student and will be launched in Trinity today.   The website, GenderEd.ie, aims to provide families with reliable and accessible information that will help […]

Trinity researchers discovers link between Motor Neurone Disease and schizophrenia

A team, led by Trinity researchers, have discovered a shared genetic origin for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and schizophrenia. The study indicates for the first time that there is biological causative link between these two diverse conditions. Research into the genetic causes of schizophrenia and similar conditions in […]

Trinity researchers make breakthrough in preventing infection from medical devices

Researchers in Trinity’s School of Genetics and Microbiology have discovered an innovative new technique of preventing pathogenic bacterial growth. The research focuses on preventative strategies to combat bacterial colonisation of medical devices, such as hip replacements and heart valves, which are to be implanted into the human body. Such strategies could have a direct impact […]

Trinity researchers discover breakthrough with autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia

Researchers in Trinity’s department of genetics have isolated a short list of genes that could be responsible for a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders and diseases, including autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia and ADHD.   A team led by Professor Aoife McLysaght carried out the research and the findings will be published in the journal Nature Communications.   […]

Trinity researchers discover “strong genetic lineage” between Stone Age and modern East Asia populations

Trinity researchers have found that the genetic makeup of modern East Asians closely resembles that of their hunter-gatherer ancestors due to little genetic disruption in East Asian populations since the early Neolithic period.   “Genetically speaking, the populations across northern East Asia have changed very little for around eight millennia”, said senior author Andrea Manica […]

Trinity scientists discover role of “protector” molecule that fights the common flu

A team of Trinity scientists, led by Assistant Professor in Immunology Dr Nigel Stevenson, have discovered a new property of the STAT3 molecule. Previously only known for its importance as a biomolecule fundamental to cell growth, the Trinity team have now found the molecule to be essential in fighting viral infections. The role of STAT3 […]

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