Gulliver’s Guide to Multiple Sclerosis

By LifETIME CDT Student: Patrick C Hurley (CÚRAM, University of Galway) Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – you may have heard of the disease, you may know someone afflicted by it, but what exactly is it and what makes it such a serious diagnosis? MS is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the Central Nervous System CNS and is

Controlling the Chaos

By LifETIME CDT Student: Ibrahim Erbay (NUI Galway) Inflammation is necessary chaos for survival. Although inflammatory responses provide powerful tools for protection against infectious diseases, the balance between tolerance and rejection is highly important. As this balance breaks, it becomes a driving force for many diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and autoimmunity. Among which inflammatory bowel

Of mice and men: human ‘joint-on-a-chip’ looks to solve the puzzle of joint diseases

By LifETIME CDT Student: Abigail Wright (University of Birmingham) Osteoarthritis (OA) refers to a group of debilitating diseases that prevent joints from working correctly. This is the main cause of adult disability. Despite this, we are unable to treat the disease and most patients find pain management ineffective. This is due to our limited understanding how