Are 3D models the future for researching colorectal cancer?

By LifETIME CDT Student: Eileen Reidy (NUI Galway) Introduction: Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer related deaths. Currently patients diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer have poor 5-year survival rates. Surgery and/or chemotherapy often do not benefit these patients. Due to the complexity and diversity of late stage colorectal cancer, the effects

LifETIME CDT Adapts to Lockdown

By Michelle Carmichael (LifETIME CDT Coordinator) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have been living in unprecedented times for the last 14 weeks. The LifETIME CDT management team have worked together during this time to ensure that the CDT students continue with their skills training programme and continue to grow as a cohort. This blog

TBI? More like TB-EYE! – Brain Injury Diagnostics that don’t cause a Headache!

By LifETIME CDT Student: Georgia Harris (University of Birmingham) We’ve all heard that eyes are windows to the soul, but could they be literal windows to the mind, allowing us to determine if a head injury has been sustained? You may associate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with military service members and American football players but

Developing a model of adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC)

By LifETIME CDT Student: Eduardo Ribes Martínez (NUI Galway)   What is adrenocortical carcinoma or ACC? Is it possible to have cancer in the adrenal glands? Who gets that? I never heard of that before! These are a few of the questions that might cross your mind when you read the title of this text.

Joints in the lab

By LifETIME CDT Student: Maria Laura Vieri (University of Glasgow) Hi everyone, I am a 1st year LifETIME CDT student. My PhD project is focused on the development of 3D hydrogel-based models of bone and cartilage, which can be used to evaluate the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into relevant cell lineages. Over

Today’s Special – “heart-attack-on-a-dish”

By LifETIME CDT Student: Meenakshi Suku (Trinity College Dublin) Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide, claiming the lives of approximately 17.9 million people every year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). In the 2017 WHO report on cardiovascular diseases, 85% of these deaths were due to heart attack, or myocardial