Irish Science Heroes – William King

 

Video by Claire Riordan, Scientific Engagement Associate at CÚRAM .

In the latest of our series of Research Videos, Dr. John Murray (Lecturer in Palaeontology in the Discipline of Earth & Ocean Sciences) and Prof. Heinz Peter Nasheuer (Professor of Biochemistry) introduce the groundbreaking work of a true Irish Science Hero, William King.

In 1849, William King joined Queen’s College Galway (now NUI Galway) as its first Professor of Geology, publishing more than 70 papers and the establishment of a museum in his time there.

King and Paper
Prof. William King and his groundbreaking 1864 paper ‘The Reputed Fossil Man of The Neanderthal‘.

William King is best known however, as the first person to name a new extinct group of humans, Homo neanderthalensis, more commonly known as Neanderthals. His study of a  Continue reading “Irish Science Heroes – William King”

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Myths Busted – Can you really die from a broken heart?

In the latest of our Research Videos for 2016, Prof. Brian Hughes investigates whether the belief that feelings of misery and loneliness can cause someone to die of a broken heart, is in fact true.

Brian’s work in the NUI Galway School of Psychology explores the link between emotional stress, the functioning of our hearts, and our risk of developing various heart diseases. Over the past decade, his group has tested the cardiovascular response of thousands of people subjected to various laboratory-controlled stresses.

Video by Claire Riordan, Scientific Engagement Associate at CÚRAM . With thanks to Dr Sinéad Conneely, Lecturer, School of Psychology and Dr Wei Lü, Visiting Lecturer from Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China.

The Brain – Exploring the Brain

CURAM PhD candidate Dilip Thomas demonstrates the structures of the Human Brain (photo credit Enda O'Connell)
CURAM PhD candidate Dilip Thomas demonstrates the structures of the Human Brain (photo credit Enda O’Connell)

In the fifth in our series of NUI Galway Research Videos for 2016, Dilip Thomas, a final year PhD student in the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, describes the structures and functions of the human brain.

Dilip’s current research interest in CÚRAM is to develop ‘stem cell factories’, a next generation biomedical device that enables entrapped stem cells to produce the correct signalling molecules for repairing and regenerating blood vessels in vascular diseases. Dilip also recently took part in Famelab Ireland, and you can see his talk for the finals of that competition here.

Video by Claire Riordan, Scientific Engagement Associate at CÚRAM .