Research Highlights 2022

Posted on: 30 December 2022

Over the past 12 months Trinity’s researchers have made some incredible contributions to their fields and to society. In this reflective piece, we highlight 12 pieces of work/impacts that made waves and sparked discussion in 2022.

Zoologists found several new species of colourful, tropical sunbirds on the tiny Wakatobi Islands in central Indonesia. Read the original story.

A beautiful blue and yellow sunbird. 

New research from sociologists found that a “Goldilocks” amount of time spent online could be good for teenagers’ wellbeing. Read the original story

A teenage boy watching a video on his smartphone

TILDA scientists linked low levels of folate to accelerated cognitive decline over an eight-year period. Read the original story.

A bowl of leafy green spinach leaves

Immunologists may have discovered why some women exposed to contaminated anti-D in the 1970s resisted hepatitis C infection. Read the original story.

A viral particle showing spike proteins on the surface

Political scientists, historians, legal experts, ecologists, economists and professional staff provided expert comment on the war in Ukraine. Read the original story.

Newspapers with Ukraine war headlines

A study found women returning to work after a breast cancer diagnosis were unaware of employment rights and entitlements. Read the original story.

A black woman looking into the distance over a laptop

Physicists adapted an experiment developed to prove the existence of quantum gravity and found that our brains may use quantum computation. Read the original story.

A false colour image of a brain and brain stem

School of English researcher Mary Pyle enjoyed a magical day when, at the record age of 84, she graduated with a PhD for her thesis on the Harry Potter books. Read the original story

Mary Pyle and supervisor Joanne Carroll in graduation robes

Research found 25% of children in Dublin are vitamin-d deficient, with girls, teens and those living in socio-economic areas most affected. Read the original story.

A child running on the sand by the sea on a sunny day

In a scientific first, geneticists found a new disease mutation by analysing 1,000-year-old skeleton DNA. Read the original story.

Coloured chromosomes on a black background

The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland offered an immersive digital recreation of the Public Record Office and its collections destroyed by fire 100 years ago. Read the original story.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin with Provost Linda Doyle at the launch

And a study showed a substantial number of first-time mums need professional mental health support beyond the six-week, post-partum, cut-off point. Read the original story.

A mother with her young child. The mother looks depressed.

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