The Galway Neuroscience Centre, based within the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) at NUI Galway, held its sixth Annual Research Day on Thursday 5th December. This meeting showcased the very best of neuroscience research in the University with presentations from undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as post-doctoral research scientists from a number of different disciplines and research centres within the University.

Thousands attended the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) for the final day of the Galway Science and Technology Festival. NUIG helped host the final day with over 100 interactive exhibits at various locations around the campus. The event followed two weeks of science and technology events, including visits to around 180 schools across the city and county.

New Scientist has recently discussed research from the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) at NUI Galway describing better ways to modify the chemical composition of diatoms.

Harnessing diatoms, a type of microscopic algae, as a platform for drug delivery has been the focus of one of many research projects funded by Science Foundation Ireland at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) at NUI Galway. Research describing methods to alter the chemical composition and architectural features of diatoms has recently been published in the November issueof Nature Communications. With an impact factor of 10.015, Nature Communications is rated third among all multidisciplinary science primary research journals for 2012.

Dr Manus Biggs, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) investigator with NUI Galway’s Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) is one of six Irish researchers to receive a prestigious Career Integration Grant (CIG) award from the Marie Curie Research Fellowship Programme.

Congratulations to Honorata Kraskiewicz and Bridget Breen for making the September cover of ACS (American Chemical Society) Chemical Neuroscience.

NUI Galway PhD Researcher, Yvonne Lang, was recently awarded the ‘Best Oral Presentation’ in the Life Sciences prize at the 37th Annual Symposium of the Microscopy Society of Ireland (MSI).

Abhigyan Satyam, a postgraduate researcher from Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), NUI Galway is set to travel to Girona, Spain in this month after receiving a travel bursary award from the Future Investigators of Regenerative Medicine (FIRM). The bursary award will enable Abhigyan to deliver a podium presentation at the prestigious FIRM Symposium, which is to be held from the 30 September to 3 October.

Award is funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NFSC)
Drugs with an increased lifetime in the circulation and improved activity for a broad range of medical conditions are the goal of a strategic new funding award to researchers at NUI Galway and Dalian University in China.

A recent doctoral student of Professor Abhay Pandit has been awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Trust Fellowship. Ben Newland investigated biomaterial-based gene therapies for Parkinson's disease at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) under the co-supervision of Dr Eilís Dowd and Dr Wenxin Wang.