My new role at the NCRC

I’ve just started a new role as the Communication and Grant Executive at the National Children’s Research Centre, Crumlin.

I’m really looking forward to the job of communicating the work of approximately 97 researchers at Ireland’s paediatric research hub.

This work of paediatric researchers in Ireland is critically dependent on donations from private individuals – people like you and me.

There’s a lot going on at the NCRC and I plan to tell you all about it!

For those who aren’t familiar with the NCRC and its work, here’s a nice piece on it from last week, published in The Irish Times.

08.12.15 Irish Times Health Supplement

Antibiotics & childhood obesity; video games & violence; ‘friends first’ relationships; olfactory fingerprints

Olfactory Fingerprint

First we had the fingerprint, then the DNA fingerprint, and now science has developed an Olfactory fingerprint (Credit: Weizmann Institute for Science)

First we had the fingerprint, then came the DNA fingerprint. Now scientists have developed the olfactory fingerprint, which identifies the unique way a person perceives smell, as unique from all the other 7 billion inhabitants of the Earth.

A child can become predisposed to obesity due to changes in the balance of bacteria in their gut, following repeated courses of antibiotics, according to a study from New York University.

There is no evidence to suggest that violent video games trigger actual violence in the young, except among vulnerable youth that may already have an inclination towards violence, according to scientific research.

Love at first sight relationships, where physical attractiveness is crucial, are no more likely to succeed over the long term than relationships where physical attraction is not central, according to new research. .

Click below to hear a discussion of these topics on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan

This item was first broadcast on East Coast FM on 2nd July 2015

Life in the Deep Sea, Preventing ‘Cot Death’

Science Spinning: ‘The Show with an Irish Spin on Science’, Presented and Produced by Seán Duke

Life in Deep Sea, Preventing ‘Cot Death’

Broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 05/05/2011

Irish scientists are part of an international team that will investigate new deep sea life forms at a location near the Mid Atlantic Ridge, pictured here (Credit: Elliot Lim, CIRES & NOAA/NGDC)

To contact the show email: sciencespinning@dublincityfm.ie