Archive for July, 2014

Gina McCarthy: Friend of the Environment

When Irish America interviewed Gina McCarthy in July, 2014, she  already had a 30+ year career in the health and environmental sector, and was serving as the head of the EPA. During her term (2013-2017) McCarthy instituted regulations on carbon emissions for new vehicles and power plants, set air pollution standards for oil and gasRead more..

The First Word:
Let’s Talk About the Climate

I’m reminded as we go to press that in Ireland we always talk about the weather. “How about the weather now?” was an oft heard refrain of my childhood, one that brought the answer, “The weather is up.” The weather is up! Or should we say, something is up with the weather. It’s too darnRead more..

Healthcare and Life Sciences 50

The inaugural Irish America Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 list celebrates Irish innovators who are leading the way in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The work of these Irish-American and Irish-born medical professionals contributes everyday to the health and wellness of our communities, from pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology to research and development and medicalRead more..

Dr. Garret FitzGerald
Wants to Build Bridges

He works between the strands of basic discovery and clinical trial, national research and global connection, harnessing the power of diaspora. The inaugural Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 Keynote Speaker discusses the science of discovery.  Dr. Garret FitzGerald, a.k.a. “Big G” as faculty and students sometimes call him according to a 2001 Penn Medicine article,Read more..

A Decade of No Smoking

This past March 29 marked the 10-year anniversary of the smoking ban in Ireland, a milestone that few thought they would see. In 2004, a law banned smoking in the workplace that extended to pubs and restaurants. At the time the Vintners Federation of Ireland said the law was “unnecessary, unworkable, and unjustified.” Since then,Read more..

Innovation Award for
Bubble-less Aeration System

OxyMem Ltd, was recently declared winner of the overall “Innovation of the Year” Award at the 2014 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. The company, which has developed a breakthrough technology for wastewater aeration, was co-founded in 2013 by Professor Eoin Casey and Dr. Eoin Syron as spin-out from UCD’s School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering.Read more..

Irish Pregnancy App
Nominated for Webby

A groundbreaking and exciting new web application, Life in the Womb from University College Dublin staff and graduates, was nominated for a Webby Award. Developed by The Science Picture Company, the application visually charts the process from conception to birth. It was originally conceived as a tool for prospective parents, but further innovations will makeRead more..

Irish Business for Mayo Clinic

A collaboration between Ireland and the Mayo Clinic that could significantly impact the future of medical technology was recently announced. Enterprise Ireland, the government agency in Ireland responsible for supporting Irish businesses in the manufacturing and internationally traded service, will see the commercialization of up to 20 novel medical technologies in Ireland over the nextRead more..

Irish Could Be Europe’s
Fattest People by 2030

Anew study conducted by the World Health Organization and the UK Health Forum has issued a dire prediction of the obesity rates in Europe, with Ireland predicted to become the fattest country in Europe by 2030. The study found that 90 percent of Irish men and 84 percent of Irish women would be classified asRead more..

New Education Research
Building for Limerick

The president of the University of Limerick (UL) Don Barry said that the school’s €224 million Capital Development Plan would aim to deliver 12 major infrastructural development projects including a new Clinical Education Research building at University Hospital Limerick, and a city center campus that would include an academic building and student residences. The plansRead more..