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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014 Researcher Profile - Dr. Declan Devine: Deriving tissue engineered constructs for treatment of large bone defects
    AIT s Materials Research Institute MRI focus on development of novel composite materials for bone defects resulting from severe traumatic injury infection cancer resection and bone loss due to degenerative diseases Dr Devine is a successful product of the ladder system in the Institutes of Technology as he completed both Certificate level 6 and Diploma training level 7 in Plastics Engineering before graduating with a first class honours degree level 8 in Polymer Engineering Following his academic success Dr Devine remained at AIT on a HEA Strand I funded research project in the field of biomaterials under the direction of Prof Clem Higginbotham from which he went on to achieve a PhD in Biomedical Engineering After gaining postdoctoral experience Dr Devine relocated to Switzerland to take a senior research position at the AO Research Institute Davos In this post he gained extensive exposure to clinical driven research in the field of orthopaedics Dr Devine then returned to AIT where with Dr Luke Geever and Prof Higginbotham he developed an orthopaedic research group To ensure clinical applicability in his work around the treatment of bone defects Dr Devine maintains a close partnership with Mr Eoin Sheehan Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Tullamore Hospital With his experience of developing and validating both novel and current treatment modalities Dr Devine subsequently secured a prestigious Marie Curie Research Fellowship with AIT and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre a teaching hospital of Harvard University Dr Devine s research ethos through his experience at AIT and abroad is that for research to be truly successful it must be clinically guided Consequently Dr Devine s research is highly translational and has met with both national and international recognition Indeed he was listed as one of the Ireland s Champions of EU research at a function in Dublin

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3502-2014-researcher-profile-dr-declan-devine-deriving-tissue-engineered-constructs-for-treatment-of-large-bone-defects (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014 Researcher Profile - Dr. Catherine Deegan & Dr. Simon McLoughlin: Developing intelligent transport systems
    with funding under the HEA Technological Sector Research TSR Fund Funding was also secured from the HEA Research Facilities Enhancement Scheme which supported the further building of specialist research capability via establishment of a laboratory In 2008 the team was funded by the National Roads Authority NRA Fellowship Fund to take on a masters and PhD student to progress key projects In total the research team has received funding of over 1m and produced four masters students two of which now work in the computer vision based industry A third student also secured an IRCSET award to pursue a PhD which is now ongoing The outcomes from the research supported by this funding have been significant In conjunction with the NRA a vehicular mobile mapping system has been developed to address specific problems in this area The system is composed of a number of navigation sensors for geo referencing positioning and a multi camera stereo system for automated feature extraction from imagery Previous projects have focused on road sign detection for inventory and analysis the detection of defective road studs or cat eyes and sensor integration Current projects are exploring the use of the system as an autonomous mobile retroreflectometer i e a platform to evaluate the retroreflectivity of delineation and signage in a manner that is fully automated and carried out at normal driving speeds As the research agenda of the team developed it became clear that there was a commercial opportunity in this area This was pursued in 2010 with support from an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund award The commercialisation of the research is expected to develop through licensing the patents and relevant intellectual property to a start up company Innovation Partnership projects will also be scoped out with this start up venture The research group is now

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3504-up-21 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014 Researcher Profile - Dr Frances Lucy: Environmental monitoring of Cryptosporidium and aquatic invasive species
    to work on similar invasive species in many watercourses and also facilitated international collaborations through projects conferences publications and journal management While acting as a lecturer and Principle Investigator for a three year Environmental Protection Agency EPA project on Zebra Mussels in Lough Key 2000 2003 Frances pursued and completed a PhD During this period she initiated successful international networking links with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health USA This in turn led to the development of a new research programme using zebra mussels as bio indicators of Cryptosporidium and other human pathogens in Irish waters Since Cryptosporidium is a topical public health problem further EPA support funded her PhD student Angel Cheng to trace pathogens through wastewater treatment plants using related technologies Frances was also a research partner on a UCD led EPA STRIVE project on Cryptosporidiosis human animal and environmental interface Results of these projects will be instrumental in developing policy in the public health arena She is considered a national expert in this research field and has many relevant publications Frances has also developed an aquatic invasive species management programme at IT Sligo This builds on her own research and more recently on that of two PhD students supported by the IT Sligo President s Bursary Award scheme Sara Meehan s PhD involves working on zebra mussel control and her research is co funded by Marrone Bio Innovations USA Rory Sheehan s PhD is on the Asian clam co funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland and Waterways Ireland These students also assist undergraduate students on invasive species projects Frances was a founder Board Member of Inland Fisheries Ireland 2010 2013 She is editor in chief of two open access journals on Invasive species www reabic net and has published with many international experts She is a national

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3505-2014-researcher-profile-dr-frances-lucy-environmental-monitoring-of-cryptosporidium-and-aquatic-invasive-species (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014 Researcher Profile - Dr. Patrick Murray: Identifying and exploiting industry relevant bioactive compounds
    origin Similarly microalgae are emerging as sources of an array of commercially viable bioactives for the food and health sectors e g carotenoids and PUFAs By mining the genomes of microbes Dr Murray aims to discover new biomolecule leads for industry and establish excellence in microbial research at Limerick Institute of Technology LIT Dr Murray is the author of 26 peer reviewed scientifi c research publications as well as 2 patents and a number of invention disclosures He conducted his PhD research in the area of second generation lignocellulosic biofuel research at NUI Galway He continued his work in this field at the Wallenburg Wood Biotechnology Institute in Stockholm Sweden and the National Biotechnology Centre of Finland VTT in Helsinki Dr Murray joined LIT in 2009 working at Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre Shannon ABC As a senior research fellow and research leader with Shannon ABC he was responsible for the day to day running of the facilities in Limerick The Centre has a strong history of collaboration with industry in the area of bioactive compounds as well as with the broader Irish biotechnology sector and was established through core funding provided by Enterprise Ireland under the Applied Research Enhancement ARE programme Dr Murray is currently a member of LIT s Department of Applied Science where he supervises 3 PhD and 3 MSc students He also serves as the Research Funding Coordinator for the Institute Since joining LIT Dr Murray has been instrumental in securing 2 European Commission FP7 grants to a total project value of e4 5 million As the scientific manager of the FP7 BAMMBO project LIT coordinates a team of international scientists in developing strategies for extraction of high value bioactive molecules from marine plants and animals with specific interests on environmentally friendly and sustainable extraction processes using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Dr Murray has a long track record of working closely in partnership with industry He is the Principal Investigator of 4 large Enterprise Ireland funded innovation partnership projects with SMEs developing biotechnological solutions which lead to new product and process developments for the companies Dr Murray aims to build on the strengths across disciplines within LIT supported by the dedicated research facilities and state of the art analytical equipment He will continue to build collaborations and links with other Higher Education Institutions and companies both at home and abroad This will provide a platform for increased commercialisation opportunities with partner industries He also aims to further consolidate LIT as an international institute in his field of study and to increase PhD outputs from the Department of Applied Science in LIT Using his background as a microbial biotechnologist Dr Murray will target Horizon 2020 funding in the area of novel biomaterials This new research area is a key component of the European Union s new funding programme for research and innovation and reflects the ambition to deliver ideas growth and jobs for the future Through Dr Murray s work LIT will be well placed to benefit in this

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3506-2014-researcher-profile-dr-patrick-murray-identifying-and-exploiting-industry-relevant-bioactive-compounds (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014 Researcher Profile - Professor Willie Donnelly: Translating research into economic impact
    growing it from 3 to 120 people since that time and generating over 80M in competitive funding Willie has positioned the TSSG as one of Europe s leading research centres in the European Future Internet programme Indeed he represents Ireland on the European Future Internet member states Forum FIF He has led over 40 major European research and commercialisation projects since 1996 creating major economic and employment impacts for the south east Prof Donnelly s main research interest lies in telecommunications network management with particular emphasis on autonomic network management bio inspired network management techniques and the challenges of managing the future internet The TSSG postgraduate programme currently has 25 PhD students from around the world He has strategic research partnerships with major universities in Europe Asia and North America Prof Donnelly established the WIT Arclabs Innovation Centre in 2005 using a combination of HEA and Enterprise Ireland funding Arclabs provides a unique research and innovation platform combining world class research entrepreneurial training and business development and high potential start ups which has led to the creation of more than 500 jobs in the region It has supported more than 200 industry academic collaborations over the last 5 years The partnership between TSSG and Arclabs underpinned by their co location at the WIT Carriganore campus has established a cluster of High Potential Start up companies in mobile services Willie is a founding member of spin out companies FeedHenry and Zolk C FeedHenry is a major player in Enterprise Mobile Applications in the Cloud and Zolk C is a world leader in location based interaction technologies for tourism Nationally Willie has led two HEA funded PRTLI projects M Zones and FutureCom Both projects played a key role in establishing Ireland as a key driver of research and innovation in communications management

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    About Us About Us Spotlight Institute IOTI Details Research Support Office Links News Latest News News Archive Events Gallery Research Innovation Research development and innovation at a glance Delivering impact for industry Research and innovation activity across the Institutes Ontario Students Homecoming Study Programme Ireland Homecoming Study Programme About IHSP Programme Contact Us Developed in conjunction with Ext Joom com Archived News NEWS RELEASE Thursday 3rd December 2015 INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY IRELAND WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITIES BILL INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY IRELAND WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITIES BILL Institutes of Technology call on all political parties to signal their support for enactment of the legislation On behalf of the Institutes of Technology Institutes of Technology Ireland IOTI welcomes the publication today by the Minister for Education Skills Jan O Sullivan TD of the Technological Universities Bill 2015 Gerry Murray CEO of IOTI said the publication of the Bill marks another important milestone in the evolution of the Irish higher education system However the Bill will not be enacted prior to the dissolution of the Dáil and we call on prospective politicians of all parties and none to signal their support for its speedy enactment in a new Dáil Further information

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/news/latest-news/3531-institutes-of-technology-ireland-welcomes-publication-of-technological-universities-bill (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    Thursday 5th November 2015 Irish Survey of Student Engagement 2015 Results Irish Survey of Student Engagement 2015 Results More than 27 000 students provide feedback on their higher education experience in national survey Publication of 2015 results from the Irish Survey of Student Engagement ISSE The results of a national survey of third level students published today Thursday 5th November 2015 will help Irish higher education institutions to enhance the quality of education they provide This year more than 27 300 students from 30 higher education institutions responded to the survey taking the total number of responses to almost 60 000 in the three years since the survey was first run as a pilot Details of their experiences will be used by institutions to identify which aspects are working well for students and which areas would benefit from further improvement In addition the survey informs national policy as a key source of information It is the first system wide survey of its kind in Europe and one of only a handful of similar surveys worldwide The Irish Survey of Student Engagement ISSE is designed to ask students directly about their full experience of higher education Student feedback provides institutions with

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/news/latest-news/3529-irish-survey-of-student-engagement-2015-results (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    Institutes Ontario Students Homecoming Study Programme Ireland Homecoming Study Programme About IHSP Programme Contact Us Developed in conjunction with Ext Joom com Archived News NEWS RELEASE Tuesday 29th September 2015 New Leaving Certificate Grading Scale and Revised Points Scale for 2017 New Leaving Certificate Grading Scale and Revised Points Scale for 2017 The Institutes of Technology and the Universities have been working in partnership with the Department of Education and

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/news/latest-news/3528-remarks-of-professor-ciaran-o-cathain-at-he-funding-event-3 (2016-02-11)
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