Ireland has a strong presence in this developing space. Research into novel and improved forms of painkiller is a hot topic within the scientific community. Researchers in SSPC, hosted by the Bernal Institute in the University of Limerick, are working on developing new techniques and strategies to improve painkillers with higher efficacy and lower side effects. These efforts are performed in close collaboration with industrial partners and they will impact patients’ quality of life. Read this piece by SSPC researcher with RTE Brainstorm Maryam Karimijafari.