12 January 2016
By Tom O’Sullivan
UCC is to benefit from €6.2 million in grants for research equipment and facilities.
The funding is part of a €28 million investment by the Department of Jobs through Science Foundation Ireland, and it supports Ireland’s collaborations and partnerships with industry and academia internationally.
An example of the type of funding going to UCC is the €1.5 million grant for the INFANT Centre’s Early Life lab, which is going to study how the brain grows, develops and repairs itself in young children following early brain injury. INFANT will assess children at high risk of neurodevelopmental issues. The same centre is also developing a Biobank, for which is has received over €350,000. Biobanking is hugely important as a resource for researchers.
Video outlining the work of UCC’s Biobank (voiceover by www.VoiceOverArtist.ie)
Other UCC successes in achieving this funding include the over €1.6 million going to the Irish Atmospheric Simulation Chamber (IASC) Facility, over €2.2 million going to the MARINET Centre, and over €1 million to the Process Flow Spectroscopy Facility (ProSpect) Centre.
Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins, told TheCork.ie
“I congratulate scientists, Louise Kenny and Geraldine Boylan for their success in winning this funding for the INFANT Centre. As the economy recovers, it is hugely important that we make investments in scientific research such as this. Aside from the untold benefits of scientific research in improving human development and fighting disease, scientific research creates high quality jobs for the well educated people in places like UCC”