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Dr Sarah Doyle, Professor Orla Hardiman and Dr Mary OSullivan were awarded funding by the Health Research Board for the following projects:-

Dr Sarah Doyle, will examine age-related-macular-degeneration in the aging Irish population and explore inflammatory related risk factors for more severe forms of AMD with the potential to support early detection of high-risk individuals.

Professor Orla Hardiman, Clinical Professor of Neurology will use new technologies based on brain waves (advanced EEG and MRI) to try to identify subtypes of Motor Neurone Disease which will help in the development of new and more effective drugs.

Dr Mary O'Sullivan, Associate Research Lecturer will investigate the role of subsets of dendritic cells (specialised cells of the immune system) in the bacterial infection that causes tuberculosis (TB). This research should contribute to the development of better vaccines against TB.