Research & Development News

Radius - IT Carlow Research Magazine

The 2016 Summer Edition of the Institutes Research Magazine Radius is now available online clickhere »

Ethics in Research

Roll out of new Ethics in Research Policy clickhere »

Centre for Men's Health - Farmers Have Hearts

Diana van Doorn completed a Bachelor of Law Degree in the Netherlands, specialising in Medical Law and there she worked as a Legal Advisor for patient organisations. She also worked as a Social Qualitative Researcher in health,focusing on needs assessments for different patient groups and quality of care in health services. Diana moved to Ireland nearly 8 years ago where she obtained a Bachelor Degree in Applied Social Studies through the Lifelong Learning Department at IT Carlow. Her research interests in health, sociology, health promotion and behavioural studies led to a Master research project ‘Farmers Have Hearts’ for the National Centre for Men’s Health at IT Carlow.  Read More »

Men Three Times More At Risk From Cancer

A research report entitled ‘The Excess Burden of Cancer Among Men’ undertaken by the Centre for Men’s Health at IT Carlow and commissioned by the Irish Cancer Society has found that men are more at risk of developing cancer and dying from cancer than women.The research was carried out by Dr Noel Richardson and Nicholas Clarke from IT Carlow and Dr Linda Sharp and Eamonn O’Leary from the National Cancer Registry Ireland.The report provides an overview of issues influencing male mortality and cancer risk. Projections indicate that between 2005 and 2035 the number of invasive cancers will increase by 213% or 7% annually for men, compared to 165% or 6% annually for women. Read More »

IT Carlow Projects Showcased with HRH Prince of Wales

IT Carlow, in partnership with Hanze University in the Netherlands and Holland College and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in Canada, successfully completed an innovative interdisciplinary project 'Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment’ (EEBE). The project was funded by the EU-Canada Programme. The overall goal of this transatlantic project was to improve energy efficiency skills, knowledge and best practice in the built environment industry. The project also involved the exchange of staff and students between the partner institutions. The project based learning program gave students the practical skills required to take a leadership role to significantly improve energy efficiency practice in the built environment industry and prepare these students for work in an international context. Read More »

The Sky Is The Limit

Noel Joyce, Director of Designhub, in collaboration with Andy Shaw, have developed the Maglus pen for touchscreens such as the iPad and Android devices. The Maglus has sold over 25,000 units to organisations like NASA and the creators of Garfield Cartoons, resulting in sales exceeding €750,000. Noel Joyce and Andy Shaw, users of the Apple iPad, experienced a number of problems with existing touchscreen pens on the market and set out to design and develop a touchscreen pen which worked more like a pen or pencil on paper. It was originally designed for use with the Apple iPad where they wanted to design a conductive device, increasing the response rate between the pen and the screen. Read More 


The Launch of Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation which will run from 2014 to 2020. The programme was adopted by the European Council and European Parliament in November 2013 and is valued at nearly €80 billion.  Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock TD welcomed the decision saying “This €79bn programme presents tremendous opportunities for Irish researchers and companies and has many new features and includes an increased focus and support for SMEs.  Irish researchers and industry can win over €1bn from this fund. We need to be ambitious in ensuring that we maximise our drawdown of productive, job creating funds.” The programme will strengthen the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology and respond to the economic crisis by investing in future jobs and growth.

IT Carlow visit DG Research & Innovation, European Commission, Brussels

As part of the agreement towards exploring the establishment of a Technological University for the South East of Ireland through the merger of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow, representatives from both partners travelled to Brussels to meet officials in the Office of the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science to identify specific aspects of Horizon 2020 and explore potential partnership opportunities.  A crucial component of the strategy and future ambitions of IT Carlow and WIT is the alignment of institutional research activity to national and European prioritisations. This is to ensure that research activity  is capable of achieving the highest international standards so that it can have a major impact on EU, national and regional economic development. The opportunities in H2020 provide a platform to develop the strategy and ambitions of the partners where successful individual or joint projects can lead to future jobs and growth.  
The delegation from IT Carlow included Dr David Dowling, Head of School of Science, Dr Brian Jackson, Head of Postgraduate Studies and Ms Sarah O’Brien, RDI Programme Support Officer. WIT was represented by Dr Willie Donnelly, Head of Research and Innovation, Dr Peter McLoughlin, Head of Department of Chemical & Life Sciences and Mr Kevin Doolin, Chief Operations Officer, Director EU Programmes,TSSG. The delegation met with a number of Directors responsible for different EU programmes including EU Structural Funds, Environment, Health, Agriculture, ICT, the Joint Research Centre, International Co-operation and Scientific Policy and Stakeholder Relations. The meetings provided an inside track to the strategies and policies of H2020 in a regional, national, European and international context, while also presenting research and innovation opportunities for both Institutes in their respective fields of expertise.