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€3m for research projects at NUI Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Six researchers at NUI Galway have been awarded €3 million in funding to conduct ground breaking research in a range of sectors.
The funding is being allocated under the Irish Research Council’s new Laureate Awards for ‘frontier research’ projects.

Six NUI Galway researchers will receive funding under the Irish Research Council’s new Laureate Awards – to conduct ground-breaking research in the Biomedical Science and Engineering, and the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr. Alvaro Llorente-Berzal will investigate the implication of the endocannabinoid system on chronic neuropathic pain in different sexes.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ted Vaughan is researching the multi-scale mechanics of bone fragility in type-2 diabetes.
While Dr. Katarzyna Whysall is researching potential microRNA-based therapeutics for the wasting of muscles.
Professor Laoise McNamara is developing models to mimic the complex environment of abnormal growths in bones to explore potential treatments.
Intellectual exchanges between Ireland, Brittany and Francia in areas such as astronomy and cosmology between 750 and 1000 AD are the focus of Dr Jacopo Bisagni.
While Dr. Riona Ni Fhrighil is researching human rights and modern Irish poetry.

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LISTEN: Independent Deputy asks NTA to investigate decision to cancel 20 and x20 bus routes that services towns and villages in East Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The decision to cancel the existing 20 and x 20 bus routes that services Loughrea has been criticised by independent deputy Sean Canney.

Bus Éireann said that the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.

The route also services Craughwell, Aughrim and Ballinasloe.

Deputy Canney this morning has voiced his opposition to this decision saying that it was a total contradiction of Government policy to provide public transport as a means of reducing the number of cars on our roads.

He added that it was a further insult to rural people and denies them access to public transport.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Deputy Canney said the government should take control of this issue and has also asked the NTA to investigate this decision.

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Connacht Senior Football Final: Galway V Mayo, Croke Park 1.30pm

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There are no changes on either team ahead of today’s game with both sides lining out as selected.

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NUIG researchers and major pharma company embark on ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway’s CÚRAM research centre and pharma company B. Braun are embarking on two ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing.

The partnership will see the development of a novel drug delivery system for cannabinoids for more effective treatment of wound pain and improved wound healing, and the development of a device for the management of wound odour.

Chronic wounds affect up to 4% of people over 65 years, with venous leg ulcers being the most prevalent of these, accounting for approximately 70% of all ulcers of the lower limbs.

According to experts, among the many symptoms associated with chronic wounds, pain is cited as one of the worst and while multiple forms of pain relief exist, these do not provide relief for all patients.

Researchers from CÚRAM say the cannabinoid system plays a key role in pain modulation, regulates wound healing and represents a novel target for more effective dual management of both pain and wound healing.

Meanwhile, NUIG Professor Lokesh Joshi will be leading the device design of a modified dressing to remove or to minimize wound odour during wound healing.

CÚRAM investigator and project co-lead Professor Georgina Gethin says the collaboration will greatly improve the quality of life of wound pain sufferers.

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