SSPC News & Events

SSPC going global and building ties in China

Co-Director Prof. Michael Zaworotko recently paid a visit to the new campus at Tianjin University, China, as keynote speaker at the first china-Ireland Joint Symposium on Cocrystals and Crystal Engineering “Crystal Engineering: Then and Now”. Chinese Universities are rising fast in world rankings reflecting the enormous investment made over the year. Although China is number one in scientific productivity and still reaching bigger heights there lies potential to support translational research, high risk research and I.P. development. The relevance of such visits made by SSPC is the strength the Centre and Ireland possess, making the potential of future collaborations.

SSPC, Funded Investigator Ger McGlacken, UCC, successful in LRAP Grant application

SSPC Funded Investigator Ger McGlacken, has been successful in an LRAP Grant application. This is a highly competitive funding call from Eli Lilly, which attracts applications from academics from all over the world. This is funded entirely by Eli Lilly in the US and will involve Humphrey Moynihan and Marie Kissane (Lilly, Kinsale) and Scott May (Lilly, US). The project is ‘Stabilized Metal Nanoparticles for Catalysis Applications’ and funds received amounts to $264,958.

SSPC showcase the new and old at National Ploughing Championships 2018

The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Pharmaceutical Research Centre, SSPC, engage yearly in outreach activities share their work with a broader community. Such collaborations provide a systemic way to enhance students' interest in, attitudes toward, and understanding of science while contributing to the professional development of teachers and scientists alike. It also offers opportunity to the Centre’s researchers to share the passion and importance of what they do in their research.

SSPC at AIChE Annual Meeting 2018 in Pittsburg

SSPC will once again be well represented at AIChE at the the Annual Meeting 2018 in Pittsburgh with 15 oral presentations this year. SSPC researchers attending and presenting at the conference will host a networking session on Tuesday, October 30th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, room 338, from 3-5pm to meet with conference attendees and highlight their research in SSPC.

President’s Excellence Awards for Staff at the University of Limerick

The President’s Excellence Awards for Staff recognise outstanding contributions by staff (academic/research/support) to the overall goals of the University and to the campus community. These awards provide an opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank staff members for their exceptional commitment and the part they play in the further development of the University of Limerick. Congratulations to SSPC Funded Investigator Dr Pat Frawley on his award for innovation, an award that recognises examples of truly innovative work. An award could be made for innovation in research, or those who have solved problems creatively and proactively with positive results. SSPC Co-Director Prof. Michael Zaworotko and our new Funded Investigator with the Centre, Jakki Cooney on their award for leadership. An award that recognises those who create a vision, who inspire and who work with others to enable them to achieve their potential.

SSPC at the National Ploughing Festival 2018

SSPC, were delighted to be part of Europe’s largest outdoor event, The National Ploughing Championships once again this year in the Science Foundation Ireland tent. The team showed the many visitors how to use a tablet press as it compresses powder into tablets of uniform size and weight. The press shows how tablets are manufactured from a wide variety of materials that then fuse the materials together. In contrast, an antique counter pill maker was also on display, demonstrating older techniques for making pills. This rolling machine made individual pills from paste.

SSPC at the EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS)

This year, the EU contest for young scientists took place from September 14-19 at the RDS in Dublin. A contest that aims to build a more harmonious relationship between scientific endeavour and the European society at large. 139 competitors from 38 countries around the world showcased their amazing work through 90 different projects across ten categories.

Prof. Anne Marie Healy, TCD, talks to the Sunday Business Post on academic innovation and partnerships with pharma industry

Cutting-edge Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) might be popularly thought of as the preserve of the biggest multi-nationals, an expensive pursuit, open only to those who can hire entire laboratories full of world-class minds. But in an increasingly fast-paced global economy, RDI can no longer be left to the giants of the tech, pharma (or any other) sectors, operating in traditional global hubs such as Silicon Valley. SSPC Principal Investigator, Prof. Anne Marie Healy, SSPC Co-Princiapl Investigator based in Trinity talks to the Sunday Business Post about how Ireland’s future success in RDI will depend on fostering this new talent, continuing close collaboration between academic research centres and industry and giving companies strong support and incentives to invest in vital innovation.