Prof Ken Murphy: ‘I’m a sceptic by nature, so I think almost everything is overhyped. But over time, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut and stay focused on the science.’

Your work looks at how our immune systems can be ready for different types of attack. Can you tell us a bit more about this? The immune system has a (...)

The process of artificially and pre-emptively creating immunity to an infectious disease has existed for centuries. Yet we can still find the concept (...)

Rebecca Kelly, left, and Breda Kenny, both from Castlecomer Community School, Co Kilkenny,  at the Trinity College Open Day with a Lightening Ball which contains a mixture of gases that generate electromagnetic waves

University College Cork When is open day? The full schedule is available on ucc.ie/opendays. Life on campus For its 21,000 students, campus life(...)

Andrew Bowie, professor in immunology, Trinity College Dublin: “We put a virus or parts of a virus into cells in the lab as ‘bait’ and we see what happens”

You spend a lot of time thinking about viruses. Why? “Viruses and humans have co-existed for a long time, and it’s a bit like an arms race: our immun(...)

Trinity College Dublin’s Prof Kingston Mills: The vaccine  “is the greatest ever medical invention for preventing human diseases”. Photograph: David Sleator

US president Donald Trump is risking lives by raising doubts over social media about the value and safety of vaccines. Vaccines are the greatest medic(...)

Cervical cancer cells showing green flourescence. The new chemo does not react to healthy cells, said Prof Eoin Scanlan of Trinity’s school of chemistry. Photograph: Eoin Scanlon

Scientists in Dublin have found a way to deliver toxic “smart bombs” to cancer cells, killing them off while leaving healthy tissue alone. The metho(...)

University College Cork:  with 20,700 students and making teaching as much a priority as research, it has been named  Sunday Times University of the Year for the second successive year and the fifth time overall.

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (TCD) When is its open day? December 10th, 9am-3.30pm Life on campus Trinity has cobbled squares, historic buildings and gre(...)

Striking imagery: benzene tricarboxamides by Chris Hawes and Amy Lynes. Photograph: Edward Ward, Pal Group, Durham University

The Irish research lab that has ambitions to build a bionic human is also trying to capture your imagination with beautiful pictures of the science th(...)

Dan Kastner started his detective work on the immune system when he encountered a patient  who had familial Mediterranean fever, a rare inherited immune disorder.

Our immune system is there to protect us, but if its signalling systems go awry it can cause disease, particularly when inflammation damages our own t(...)

Dr Jim Sullivan, vice-president of pharmaceutical discovery at AbbVie: “It is important in basic research to have the talent working well together.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s got talent in scientific research, but we need to keep investing it to attract even more. That’s according to Dr Jim Sullivan of global biop(...)

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