Scientists Sequence First Ancient Irish Human Genomes


December 2015


A team of geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen’s University Belfast has sequenced the first genomes from ancient Irish humans, and the information buried within is already answering pivotal questions about the origins of Ireland’s people and their culture. Read more here and watch a video here.


The team sequenced the genome of an early farmer woman, who lived near Belfast some 5,200 years ago, and those of three men from a later period, around 4,000 years ago in the Bronze Age, after the introduction of metalworking.


Extensive international media coverage included:


Washington Post

Boston Globe

International Business Times

Deutsche Welle

The Telegraph

The Guardian

Lonely Planet

Irish Independent

The Journal

BBC News

Irish Times


Botanists discover critically endangered new species


November 2015


Botanists from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a beautiful new tree species from the coffee family. They were conducting an ecological survey in Honduras when making the find, but, sadly, the species has been immediately placed under the critically endangered banner of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Coverage included an interview on RTE's Radio One's News at One, and articles in:


Irish Times


Irish Independent 

Belfast Telegraph 

Yahoo News 

Big News Network

Scientists fill in the gaps of human hunter-gatherer history


November 2015


An international team led by scientists in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Cambridge University, has, for the first time, sequenced ancient genomes from the Late Upper Palaeolithic period. In doing so, the team has discovered a new strand of European hunter-gatherer ancestry.


Extensive international coverage included articles in:


BBC News 

Daily Mail 

Sci News 


Nature World News 

National Geographic Indonesia 

Japan Times

‘Big Data’ Takes Root in the World of Plant Research

Botanists at Trinity College Dublin launched a database with information that documents significant ‘life events’ for nearly 600 plant species across the globe. They clubbed together with like-minded individuals working across five different continents to compile the huge database of plant life histories, for which data have been gathered over a nearly 50-year span.

The news appeared in print in the Irish Examiner and Irish Sun, as well as on numerous high-profile science websites across the globe (including in North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia). A video clip was also embedded within many of these articles.

High-profile print and online coverage included:

The Irish Examiner, November 10

e! Science News USA, November 10

Big News Network, November 10

Zee News India, November 10

Innovation Toronto, November 10

The Cambodian Times, November 10

The Albuquerque Express, November 10

Soft Robotics ‘Toolkit’ Features Everything a Robot-Maker Needs

A new resource unveiled by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials.

The news was highlighted in a feature article in The Irish Times, as well as on a variety of international tech websites such as Gizmag, the Washington Post, and PC Magazine. An accompanying video was also embedded in many of these sites.

High-profile print and online coverage included:

‘Hello Brain’ Awareness Campaign Launched

‘Hello Brain’, an innovative website promoting brain health, was launched in Trinity College Dublin as part of a new EU Commission initiative to increase the societal impact of brain research.  The campaign is the public face of the ASAPS project (A Sharing Approach to Promoting Science). The project was led by Trinity College Dublin and was co-ordinated by Principal Investigator at the Institute of Neuroscience and Assistant Director of Trinity’s NEIL (Neuro-Enhancement for Independent Lives) Programme, Sabina Brennan.

The news of this campaign was covered on RTE radio by Morning Ireland and on the Marian Finucane Show and the story was also covered in feature interviews on Dublin South Radio, Dublin City Radio and Midland Radio. News of the campaign was also picked up by several national publications including the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner. In addition, the campaign was featured in specialist/online publications including the Lancet, the Medical Independent, the Irish Medical News and

High-profile print and online coverage included:

TILDA Study Finds 4 out of 5 Over 50s in Ireland are Overweight or Obese

A new report by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), led by Trinity College Dublin, was recently released showing that nearly four out of five adults over the age of 50 are overweight or obese. The report also highlighted the increased health risks and health services burden in older adults due to high rates of obesity.

The news was picked up extensively by RTE with coverage on radio news bulletins, the One, and Six TV News, Morning Ireland and Drivetime. Newstalk’s Breakfast and George Hook shows also covered the report’s findings in depth as did TV3’s Midday Show.

In print, the report was covered throughout all national newspapers, was front page of the Irish Times and featured in editorials, comment pieces and follow up features in a number of papers including the Irish Times.


Trinity Zoologists Discover Bird Species in Indonesia

A team of zoologists characterised a new species of colourful bird, called the Wakatobi Flowerpecker, in Indonesia.


News of their discovery appeared in print publications such as The Irish Times and The Irish Independent, and was featured on the front page of The Metro Herald.


The news was also covered on RTE's Morning Ireland, Morning Edition and Mooney Goes Wild, and appeared online on websites such as The Independent, Delhi Daily News, Canada News, SBS Australia and Nature World News.


Simple Educational Initiative Dramatically Reduces Pre-Hospital Delay for Patients with Heart Attack/Angina Symptoms

The results of a Trinity College study about the significantly positive results of a simple educational initiative for patients with heart attack or angina symptoms were featured in the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and Newstalk’s Lunchtime show with Jonathan Healy.



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