Prof Molly Byrne: ‘People need three things to make any behaviour change – capability, opportunity and motivation’

Your research is on changing health behaviour – a particularly a hot topic due to Covid-19. What is your work about? All of my research is about deve(...)

The Irish Hedgehog Survey is looking for information on these shy creatures. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

How are you doing during the Covid-19 restrictions? No, really, how are you feeling about it? Have your eating patterns changed? If you have a baby or(...)

Barbara Gormley: “I want to better understand how you get people to do what you need them to do when a health emergency happens”

You are doing your PhD on communications in pandemics, what perfect timing! “It is. It is not a surprise that we have had another pandemic; they are (...)

DCU researchers advise ventilating spaces well when at home, especially while cooking or cleaning. Photograph: Getty Images

Open the windows more, especially when you cook and clean, use your extractor fan and do not mix cleaning products together. That’s the advice from a (...)

Dr Anne Moore: ‘Hopefully in the future, vaccines will be easy to administer, with a patch or a tablet.’

You work on vaccines that don’t need to be delivered using large needles, I like the sound of that. What are you developing? I am working on delivery(...)

Ivermectin is used to rid animals and humans of many internal and external blood-sucking parasites. File photograph: Getty Images

Could a drug discovered in the 1970s help to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic? New evidence from research in Australia shows that the anti-parasitic drug (...)

Prof Turlough Downes, astrophysicist based at DCU, admits he knows little about epidemics but he has experience of working with challenging data.

Prof Turlough Downes usually applies his mathematical modelling skills to distant star systems, but he is now helping disease experts to model the cou(...)

A health worker extracts blood from a patient to perform an antibody test for Covid-19 at the Dworska hospital in Krakow. Photograph: Omar Marques/Getty Images

There are two critical phases to global efforts against Covid-19; flattening the curve as cases ratchet up, and then re-emerging from lockdown gradual(...)

Coronavirus at the point of infection: the visual effect was created by Irish animator and data scientist Eoin Winston of Nexu and Jason McLellan from the University of Texas.

There are many confounding aspects of Sars-CoV-2 (its medical term), the virus that causes Covid-19. One is that we can’t see it with the naked eye. A(...)

Horseshoe bats. Photograph: iStock

How did Covid-19 come to be? It’s a puzzle that involves tolerant bats, possibly middlemen pangolins and a virus that gathered structures and tricks a(...)

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