Science and Me – Functional Foods

Dr. Louise Horrigan, Lecturer in Physiology in NUI Galway
Dr. Louise Horrigan, Lecturer in Physiology in NUI Galway (Photo credit, Enda O’Connell)

In the third in our series of Research Videos for 2016, Dr. Louise Horrigan, Physiology Lecturer in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, introduces the topic of Functional Foods. These are foods that, as well as having nutritional value, have been scientifically proven to give other health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol or treating heart disease. As well as lecturing to NUI Galway students, Louise is also involved in researching the benefits of Blueberry and Hawthorn juices, which you can find out more about here.

Video by Claire Riordan, Science Engagement Associate at CÚRAM .

How Things Work – Meet the GEEC!

Niamh Keogh, mechanical engineering student and driver of the Geec. (Photo credit Enda O’Connell)

In the second in our series of Research Videos for 2016, mechanical engineering students Niamh Keogh and Shane Queenan demonstrate the Geec (Galway Energy Efficient Car), an eco-car designed and built by Mechanical, Energy Systems and Electrical & Electronic engineering students from NUI Galway, mentored by Dr. Nathan Quinlan, Dr. Rory Monaghan and Dr. Maeve Duffy.

Last year in Rotterdam, in a first for Ireland, the Geec team competed against almost 200 other teams at the Shell Eco-marathon Europe, where cars are challenged to drive 16 km around a closed street circuit using the least amount of fuel or energy. The team finished in the top half of the leaderboard in prototype battery-electric class, with a score of 287 km/kWh – roughly equivalent to 8,000 miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car, making it the most energy efficient car ever to drive in Ireland!

Video by Claire Riordan, Science Engagement Associate at CÚRAM . Geec footage courtesy of Dr. Nathan Quinlan.

Life in Space – How do Bones feel Gravity?

Ivor Geoghegan, Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate (Photo credit, Enda O’Connell)

In the first of our series of Research Videos for 2016, Ivor Geoghegan, a Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate in the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, under the supervision of Dr Laoise McNamara in the Mechanobiology and Medical Device Research Group in the Discipline of Biomedical Engineering, NUI Galway, speaks about the effect of microgravity on the bone density of astronauts, and how research in this area may lead to treatments for osteoporosis.

Video by Claire Riordan, Scientific Engagement Associate at CÚRAM .

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