Janssen Newman Fellowship in Rheumatology

University College Dublin is pleased to announce the Janssen Newman Fellowship in Rheumatology as part of its programme to provide postdoctoral research opportunities for scholars of proven academic excellence. The appointment of a Newman Fellow in Rheumatology is established with the generous support of Janssen, and is expected to contribute to understanding the underlying mechanisms involved in differential pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis.

Project Summary: Inflammatory arthritis (IA) such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are the two most common autoimmune diseases. In IA activated immune invade the joint where they release pro-inflammatory mediators that destroy cartilage and bone, leading to functional disability. Targeted medicines have advanced RA/PsA treatment, however a significant proportion of patients still don’t respond. While common pathogenic features exist between RA and PsA, there are also differences which may explain their distinct clinical features, and more importantly, it may explain different responses to specific therapies, that impact on disease outcomes and prognoses. Thus, the current project focuses on identifying the cellular and molecular mechanisms that differentiate RA and PsA pathogenesis. We will utilise a combination of well-established in vitro and ex vivo tissue/cell models, along with single cell, metabolic, molecular and bioinformatic analysis in well-defined patient cohorts to examine immune-stromal cell Interactions, and how this may differ between RA and PsA. This approach will allow identification of new disease markers and drug-candidates for the treatment of RA, PsA and possibly other autoimmune diseases. This project combines excellent clinical resources with our ability to perform extensive molecular and cellular studies which will contribute to our basic knowledge of the disease pathogenesis and will provide the basis for strong publications.

The project will be based between the Centre for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, SVUH (https://arthritissvuh.com/) and Molecular Rheumatology, TCD (https://rheumatologytcd.com), under the supervision of Prof Douglas Veale and Prof Ursula Fearon.

Qualifications: Applications are invited with experience in the areas of cell biology, Immunology, Bioinformatics, biochemistry, or a related discipline. Applicants should have a strong interest in Translational research, with the focus of this project Inflammation. Key techniques in this project include, primary cell culture, molecular biology, Flow cytometry, metabolic assays and bioinformatics.  Practical experience in some of these skills would be desirable.

The Janssen Newman Fellowship comes with a generous stipend and is tenable for two years.

Informal enquiries to Prof Douglas Veale, douglas.veale@ucd.ie and Prof Ursula Fearon, fearonu@tcd.ie  

How to Apply: The candidate must complete the Newman Fellowship Candidate Form and provide an updated and detailed CV and send both documents to: graduatestudies@ucd.ie with ‘Newman Fellowship in Rheumatology’ in the subject line. Two nominated referees must separately submit their confidential reports using the Newman Fellowship Referee Form and send to: graduatestudies@ucd.ie with ‘Candidate Name Report for Newman Fellowship in Rheumatology’ in the subject line.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 26th Feb 2021.

UCD Foundation Calling Campaign Spring 2021

UCD Foundation will be running its Spring Calling Campaign starting 1st February 2021

It will be a six – eight week campaign with the possibility of full time summer work for top performers. We are seeking up to 50 enthusiastic students to join the team. Callers are paid €10.20 per hour. Students who have previously worked for the Calling Campaign have found it a worthwhile experience where they learn techniques which can be applied both to sales and fundraising and enhance their current skill set, help a very worthy cause and also meet and speak with a broad range of interesting people (which includes your fellow student callers!)

Key Dates:

  • Close of recruitment: 22nd January At 11am
  • Interview offers via email: 22nd January
  • Interviews (Held via Zoom): 25th – 27th January  (tbc)
  • Training day (Paid* And Compulsory): Saturday 30th January  (tbc)
  • First day of calling: 1st February 

 

The role of student callers:

Students call graduates on behalf of the university, the purpose of the call is twofold. Firstly it is so we can engage with graduates about their time at UCD, and also make sure graduate feels connected and up to date about developments on campus.

Secondly, the caller will ask if the graduate would be willing to make a donation to the UCD Foundation to support the projects we are working on. This is a fundraising position and students are provided with full training prior to calling and supervisors will be on hand during calling to support callers during each shift. Student callers are not cold callers but important ambassadors carrying out good work for the university.

 

“I have loved being part of such a fun, collaborative team that have worked so hard during the pandemic to continue to help support students. Talking to graduates has been an enlightening experience, getting to hear how UCD has improved over the years and how positive people’s time here has been. I would highly recommend the job as both an amazing learning environment and an eye-opener for career growth and possibilities.”

 – Megan, Student Caller 2020

 

What we are looking for:

  • Fluent English both spoken and written
  • Basic computer skills
  • Energy and Enthusiasm for the role
  • University Pride

Tips to stand out:

  • Previous involvement with charities or work experience in general
  • Previous experience with fundraising and sales would be a bonus

 

The interview process and training are via Zoom video call. Attendance of training will be compulsory and those who cannot attend cannot become a student caller. Non EU citizens will need a valid GNIB and everyone will need a PPS number and bank account in order to be paid.

 

The calling hours – 3-4 hour shifts (TBC):

Students are asked to sign up to a minimum of 2-3 shifts per week. Students may sign up to additional shifts if they become available. Allocation of shifts is also performance based. Top callers will be given first preferences of shifts.

Monday- Friday: 9:30 – 12:30, 12:45 – 16:00 and 17:00 – 21:00

Additional hours may be provided and callers will be informed

Calling shifts will be take place on campus in the Tierney Building in line with our strict health and safety guidelines. For those who need to travel outside of their 5km, a letter of authorisation can be provided.

 

To apply please complete the online form.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we will not be issuing application confirmations and it may not always be possible to get in contact with unsuccessful applicants but we endeavor to do our best.

 

If you have any queries please email: evan.shinkwin@ucdfoundation.ie

Huawei launches new ‘TECH4HER’ scholarship programme for female STEM students

Applications now open as 11 students to benefit from pilot programmes at TU Dublin and UCD

Huawei Ireland today announced details of its new ‘TECH4HER’ Scholarship Programme in partnership with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and University College Dublin (UCD), aimed at supporting female students studying STEM subjects. The scholarships are available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

A total of 11 scholarships are available for the 2020/21 academic year. At TU Dublin, eight students will receive financial awards of €3,000, while two undergraduate students and one postgraduate student in UCD will receive financial support for the duration of their studies. Applications for the programme are now open.

Participating students will engage in a comprehensive applications process which includes a personal statement on their passion for STEM, future career hopes, and barriers faced as a woman in this field, as well as an interview with an esteemed university panel. Top-performing students will be awarded the scholarship, which will be provided for the current academic year.

In addition to financial support, TECH4HER also offers the opportunity to engage in a mentoring programme with representatives from Huawei. In a recent speech by Catherine Chen, President of the Public Affairs & Communications Department at Huawei, at this year’s The Good Summit, she emphasised the importance of female role models in the ICT industry in making the industry more equal and diverse.

The launch of the TECH4HER scholarship programme comes as the need to address the gender gap in STEM grows increasingly prevalent in Irish society. The recent 2020 Pfizer Health and Science Index indicated that 15pc of men in Ireland work in STEM compared with 7pc of women.

Huawei is committed to empowering women by giving them more opportunities and helping them learn the skills needed to compete in the digital economy through programmes like TECH4HER and its Seeds For The Future programme which had a 35% female participation rate in 2020, an increase of 5% on last year’s intake.

Commenting on the launch of the programme, Tony Yangxu, CEO Huawei Ireland said: “Closing the gender gap in STEM doesn’t only benefit women but leads to a more inclusive and healthy society. It is important that technology not only benefits a wider audience but is also designed and improved by a diverse group of talents. Without a female voice in its creation, technology will fail to serve the needs of both genders. Huawei Ireland supports and encourages female participation in STEM education as this is where the foundation is laid for successful STEM careers. The TECH4HER scholarship programme aims to empower today’s female students to become role models and leaders of tomorrow.”

Welcoming the announcement, the President of TU Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick thanked Huawei Ireland for their support, commenting: “TU Dublin has an ambition to achieve gender balance across areas which have traditionally skewed towards higher participation by male students. The TECH4HER scholarships are a wonderful vehicle to help us increase the proportion of female students studying Computer Science, in particular, and we look forward to meeting talented young women who have a real interest in this exciting field.”

Dr Deirdre Lillis, Head, School of Computer Science at TU Dublin added: “We greatly appreciate this announcement of a real incentive for female students to choose Computer Science. We have worked very hard to create interesting programmes and a learning environment that welcomes, supports and encourages female students. We have undertaken a number of specific initiatives, underpinned by a philosophy of equal opportunity, not special treatment, including connecting our students to role models through enterprise mentoring programmes. The cracks are finally appearing in the silicon ceiling – we have had an increase of almost 30% in female students joining our three Computer Science programmes in 2020.”

Dr Anna Kelly, Director of UCD Access & Lifelong Learning, also welcomed the launch of the program: “UCD is delighted to be part of the Huawei TECH4HER scholarship. We are proud to be a University for All, where all students, regardless of background or circumstances, are welcome, belong and are valued. This partnership with Huawei enables us to offer a Cothrom na Féinne Scholarship to female STEM scholars who, despite significant educational challenges, wish to pursue higher education, and offer leadership to others.”

Applications for the ‘TECH4HER’ programme are now open. Students wishing to apply can find out more from TU Dublin and UCD’s websites.

Warm congrats to nine newly appointed Newman Fellows who will be hosted at UCD School of Medicine

Since 1989, leading Irish and multinational corporations, semi-state bodies, voluntary organisations and individuals have sponsored high-calibre postdoctoral research across the humanities and sciences through the UCD Newman Fellowship Programme. Each Fellowship offers financial support for a period of two years, allowing the Fellow the freedom to pursue their particular area of research. Working alongside their academic mentors, the Fellows contribute greatly to the academic research agenda of their particular discipline and to university life in general.

The Newman Fellowship Programme celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. This remarkable milestone was achieved thanks to the generosity of those who supported and championed the programme over the last three decades. Now more than ever, the continued financial support for the programme to deliver fundamental and breakthrough research to address some of the most pressing healthcare challenges is paramount.

The School of Medicine currently hosts 16 Newman Fellows working on a range of research projects, with nine new appointments in recent months, as outlined below. We are delighted to highlight this special achievement and wish each Newman Fellow the very best during their time at UCD.

Belfield 50 – Celebrating its Architecture at 50

This year’s UCD Festival included a very special panel discussion around campus architecture and the development of UCD at Belfield. The event forms part of a celebration of space and place at UCD, called BELFIELD 50, which is unfolding through 2020 and 2021.

As Ireland’s first purpose-built coherently modern campus, Belfield fundamentally changed the spatial identity of Irish universities. UCD commissioned the foremost modern architects of the period, national and international to design a ground-breaking educational environment at Belfield, that sought to differentiate itself from the traditional quadrangles of older Irish third-level environments.

This new campus, designed by a young Polish architect Andrzej Wejchert who won UCD’s international architectural competition in 1963, modified a distinguished old suburban landscape – a series of eleven separate demesnes – to create a designed place for learning, sport and university life.

Message in a Bottle

The UCD Intel Masters Scholars is a programme that rewards Creativity and Innovation, something that this global pandemic is asking a little bit of us all as we adapt to the new normal.

Since 2016, Intel has supported 49 UCD master’s student bursaries and co-supported a number of PhD students through the programme, with one of the highlights of the year being the annual live event run by the students themselves.

Created to promote Engineering and Science in UCD and the UCD Intel Masters Scholarship programme, in previous years the Scholars have organised a panel of speakers from UCD and Intel to discuss an interesting topic.

They were naturally disappointed when they were advised that this year’s event would not go ahead, well not in the format first envisaged.  Since then, and under the tutelage of Dr Kevin Nolan, Assistant Professor in UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, along with UCD Foundation, they have put much thought and initiative into seeing how they might rise to the challenge and overcome this obstacle and perhaps have an alternative virtual event.

The end result is a very special online series called Message in a Bottle, a video series where the panel members and scholars have recorded short but very personal videos detailing their career paths.

You can see some examples below, while the full playlist is available on YouTube.

RadioMoLI

Its doors may be closed for now, but Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) – a creative alliance between the National Library of Ireland and UCD, housed in the historic Newman House on St Stephen’s Green – continues to inspire literature lovers with a wealth of online resources.

Its latest offering is RadioMoLI, an on-demand digital radio station for Irish literature.

There are dozens of interviews, lecture and readings available, with new recordings added weekly. Whether your literary tastes incline towards fiction, non-fiction or poetry, there’s something for everyone on RadioMoLI. What better soundtrack to accompany your pandemic baking or gardening?

https://twitter.com/MoLI_Museum/status/1252880960871297027

The Feeling Better Project Offers Support for Uncertain Times

Whether working at home alone and in isolation or cooped up with family members or housemates, we could all do with a boost to our mental health as we adapt to the limitations, challenges and anxieties of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thankfully, help is at hand! As part of its Feeling Better Project, the Contextual Behavioural Science Research Lab in UCD School of Psychology is releasing a series of videos to promote positive mental wellbeing during the crisis.  

The videos – available on YouTube – cover a range of topics, including managing worry, staying grounded in the present moment, connecting to what’s important and practising self-compassion.

UCD Spinout Company Helps Athletes Optimise Their Training During COVID-19 Isolation

The sports technology start-up Output Sports has developed a single wearable sensor that enables athletes to track multiple components of their performance and share their training data with their coaches via an app.

The value of the company’s Output // Capture technology is underscored by current circumstances, in which athletes have had to adapt their training programmes to comply with social distancing requirements. Many are now training at home and being coached remotely.

Among the athletes using the system are Paralympic swimmer Nicole Turner and Leinster Rugby’s Adam Byrne and Dave Kearney.

Output Sports was founded in 2018 as a spinout from the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and is headquartered at NovaUCD in Belfield.

COVID-19 and Business: Impact and Response

The COVID-19 pandemic will have significant and lasting impacts, not least in the world of business. “We are looking at an entirely new world,” according to Andreas Hoepner, Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance in the UCD  College of Business.

In an Irish Times article, Prof. Hoepner and his colleague Prof. Brian Fynes assess the huge operational risk businesses are exposed to as a result of the pandemic, consider the outlook for companies that are focused on effectiveness versus those focused on efficiency, and discuss the importance of strategic supply chain management at this time.   

The College of Business has also launched the UCD Business Impact Podcast, in which thought leaders from academia and industry will discuss the most compelling issues facing society from a business perspective. In the first episode, Ireland’s leading expert on corporate governance Prof. Niamh Brennan discusses the financial implications of the COVID-19 crisis.