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Academic Life and the Art of Cloning

Starting out as a lecturer ages ago, I discovered on day one of my very first semester that my timetable had somehow double-booked me to supervise two completely different sets of undergraduate labs in separate locations at the exact same time. Verging on panic, I turned to a senior academic colleague to ask how I…
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New Frontiers in Ocular Therapeutics 2018 – A Site for Sore Eyes

“The eye is the jewel of our body” Henry David Thoreau Our eyes are the windows to the world. An incredibly sophisticated organ with a truly unique anatomy and physiology, the two million parts which comprise a single eye working in unison bestow us with our ability to see. One of our five senses, ‘sight’…
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Combatting cancer with Pint of Science 2018

Pint of Science was started in 2012 by Dr. Michael Motskin and Dr. Praveen Paul. It grew out of a desire to communicate their research in neurological disorders to the public. The idea was to bring science to the people rather than people to the science. To help slide the science towards the people and…
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Researcher

A discussion about the emotional struggles of pursuing research and ways of tackling them. A Ph.D. is a masterpiece, in the historical sense of the word – a piece of work by a craftsman accepted as qualification for membership of a guild as an acknowledged master (Oxford Dictionaries). The guild in this case being academia.…
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School kids, strawberries and science outreach

Contact Phone: +353-01-700-6234 Email: ali.coyle23@mail.dcu.ie     School kids On March 21st, the NICB received some visitors that were a little younger than our usual demographic. Dr Finbarr O’ Sullivan introducing our young visitors to some basic concepts in biology The students, ranging from 5-8 years old, were from St Vincent’s Boys’ School, a school…
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Becoming a Mitochondriac: Experiences in Cellular Bioenergetics

 Mitochondria and the Energy Cycle of Life Panum Institute, University of Copenhagan The mitochondria, often referred to as the “the powerhouse of the cell”, are complex, double membraned organelles involved in many intricate processes of cellular function. Under normal physiological conditions the main function of the mitochondria is in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)/energy…
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BioPharma Ambition 2018; Is the Future Bright?

The second instalment of “BioPharma Ambition” was held in Dublin Castle 21st-22nd Feb 2018. Run by the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), BioPharmaChem Ireland (IBEC) in association with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), the event invites international policy leaders, senior industry personnel and renowned research scientists to congregate and discuss the…
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