Latest News

Latest News

A Special Message from Alumnus Michael Moloney

UCD Alumni from around the world have been sharing special video messages of support for our students, friends and fellow alumni as we all work through the COVID-19 pandemic together. That deep-rooted concern and compassion for one another is what makes the UCD community truly great. Michael Moloney studied experimental physics at UCD School of Physics and was awarded the Thomas E. Nevin Medal when he graduated. He is currently CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) based in Washington D.C.
Latest News

We’re Coping “Extraordinarily Well” With COVID-19 Restrictions

The people of Ireland are not showing signs of behavioural fatigue in the face of the restrictions imposed on us to ‘flatten the curve’ and contain the spread of COVID-19. This is according to ongoing research by Professor Liam Delaney of UCD School of Economics and his colleagues in the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Behavioural Change Subgroup. In an Irish Times article Prof. Delaney and co-author Pete Lunn of the ESRI look at how we’re adapting to the stresses and challenges of having our freedom curtailed, our social lives diminished, and our normal routines disrupted. Notwithstanding the inevitable...
Latest News

UCD Researchers Design and Manufacture Face Shields for Frontline Medical Staff

Researchers at I-Form – an advanced manufacturing research facility based in UCD’s O’Brien Centre for Science – are using 3D printing to produce face shields for healthcare staff in Dublin battling the spread of COVID-19. Responding to a request from Tallaght University Hospital, and in the face of a global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), the team at the SFI-funded facility worked with engineering colleagues at UCD to optimise existing designs for rapid production. Over the course of a single weekend in the lab they produced 300 face shields, and they are now scaling up production. I-Form is also...
Latest News

InvoiceFair Enables Irish Cosmetics Company to Ramp Up Production of Hand Sanitiser

InvoiceFair – based at NexusUCD, The Industry Partnership Centre – runs an innovative receivables trading platform that enables small and medium enterprises to access working capital quickly and flexibly. The company, which was co-founded by UCD alumni Helen Cahill and Ivan Fox along with Peter Brady, has supported Irish manufacturer Cosmetic Creations in accessing the working capital needed to ramp up production of hand sanitiser to meet the unprecedented demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to InvoiceFair, the manufacturing company was able to secure funding for raw materials and components, and to increase its skilled workforce. Cosmetic...
Latest News

Prof. Alistair Nichol Leads COVID-19 Clinical Trial in Ireland

Professor Alistair Nichol, Chair of Critical Care Medicine at UCD and intensive care consultant at St Vincent’s University Hospital, is leading the Irish contribution to a clinical trial on COVID-19. In partnership with an international network of researchers, Prof. Nichol and intensive care teams at University Hospital Galway and St Vincent’s University Hospital are working with a local network of clinical research facilities and other partners across academia to identify drugs that can protect against or treat the worst symptoms of the virus. Likewise, treatments that are ineffective will also be quickly identified. Other hospitals around the country are also...
Latest News

Opportunity in Crisis: Drones Fly Under the Spotlight

The Dublin-based drone delivery start-up Manna was set to launch a commercial pilot project this month – delivering takeaways to UCD students on the Belfield campus. For hungry students, this would mean their favourite food was only ever three minutes away. Unfortunately, the campus shutdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has meant putting the pilot on hold. But Manna founder and CEO Bobby Healy sees tremendous opportunity for drone technology at a time when many people are confined to their homes and relying on others to deliver vital medication and food supplies. With its UCD plans up in the air –...
Latest News

Coronavirus and Children: Expert Advice from Prof. Karina Butler

In an Irish Times article Karina Butler, UCD Professor of Clinical Paediatrics and infectious disease specialist at Children’s Health Ireland, discusses what we know so far about COVID-19 in children, and advises parents and carers on ‘red flag’ symptoms to look out for. Early indications based on relatively scarce – but increasing – data are that children who contract the virus generally have milder symptoms than adults and have a better prognosis. To date, deaths in children resulting from COVID-19 infection are extremely rare. Prof. Butler advises that the management of symptoms of COVID-19 in children – fever, cough, runny...
Latest News

Pushing to Help Irish Hospitals

UCD alumna Emmy Coffey Nguyen is the founder of The Push Up Challenge, a crowdfunding campaign that has already raised over €3,000 towards helping Irish hospitals combat coronavirus. We spoke with Emmy around the campaign, and her time at UCD.   What inspired you to start this challenge? The reason I started this campaign was because I realised the severity of the situation, the effects it would have on our health system and the citizens of Ireland. While I am not a doctor, nurse or healthcare worker (I work for Salesforce as an Account Executive) I knew what it could...
Latest News

Feeding Ireland’s Healthcare Heroes

When UCD alumnus Cian O’Flaherty set up the ‘Feed the Heroes’ GoFundMe page on 15 March, he was hoping to raise about €1,000 to provide food for some of the healthcare heroes working flat out in hospitals and on the frontline of COVID-19 testing. However, the response to Cian’s “very small, bright idea” has far exceeded his expectations, as the Irish public responded with immense generosity. Within two weeks, more than €430,000 has already been donated. The money is being used to pay restaurants and kitchens to prepare and deliver meals to hospital and emergency workers, who are putting in...
Latest News

Harnessing the Power of 3D Printing Against the Spread of Coronavirus

With the cancellation of most sporting events in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, there has been a drop in the demand for protective gumshields. For the company Impact Gumshields – co-founded by James Murphy and UCD alumnus and former Leinster rugby player Gary Brown – this might have seen their 3D printing technology lying idle for a while. Instead, the company was keen to do whatever they could to support local communities and they quickly sought an alternative use for the printers. They are now producing hands-free door handles for distribution to GP surgeries, pharmacies, nursing homes...