The 10-year National Development Plan provides for investment of €5bn in the higher- and further-education sector over the next decade. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The capacity of higher-education institutions to manage large-scale construction projects has been called into question by a spending review. The rev(...)

Prof Andrew Bowie, Trinity College Dublin

A potential new way to control inflammation, which drives a range of diseases including diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s, has been identified by Irish(...)

Prof Marina Lynch: 'My research looks at very important cells in the brain called microglia.'

Congratulations Marina, you are about to receive the Irish Society for Immunology medal and give the related public lecture. What will you be talking (...)

A  delirious patient may be   sitting quietly but have no clear idea of where they are, or what time, day, month or year it is. Photograph: iStock

“Death, having preyed upon the outward parts, leaves them invincible, and his siege is now against the mind; that which he pricks and wounds with many(...)

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(...)

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