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Sunday 21 July 2019

New research initiative launched at DkIT

Dr Keith Thornbury (Smooth Muscle Research Centre at DkIT), Dr Julie Doyle (Netwell/Casala) and Dr Fergal McCaffrey (Regulated Software Research Centre), at the launch of the new DkIT Institute of Connected Health & Wellbeing
Dr Keith Thornbury (Smooth Muscle Research Centre at DkIT), Dr Julie Doyle (Netwell/Casala) and Dr Fergal McCaffrey (Regulated Software Research Centre), at the launch of the new DkIT Institute of Connected Health & Wellbeing

Dundalk Institute of Technology is to set up a new large-scale research and innovation institute of excellence in the area of Connected Health and Wellbeing. The Institute of Connected Health & Wellbeing will combine skills and expertise from three of DkIT's top performing research centres and will enable the college to dramatically increase capacity across research, innovation and industry support.

Announcing details of the initiative, DkIT Head of Research & Graduate Studies, Dr Tim McCormac, said, 'The new Institute brings together our existing research centres of Netwell/Casala, the Regulated Software Research Centre and Smooth Muscle Research Centre, which have collectively attracted over €40M in research and innovation funding to date from both national and international sources. The Institute will include more than 30 PhD researchers, plus a core team of leading principle investigators and support staff. '

'This strategic initiative by DkIT not only builds on regional research and innovation strengths but also has the capacity to unlock further opportunities to partner with other stakeholders that will benefit the economic and social development of the region and I firmly believe we are on the cusp of a very positive transformation,' commented Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation & Business Development.

The announcement was welcomed by Enterprise Ireland, with Aidan McKenna, Enterprise Ireland Regional Director - North East & North West noting that the launch 'builds upon the significant expertise and track record of three research centres at the Institute. Strengthening research capability, collaboration and commercialization is key to ensuring Irish companies remain innovative and competitive in a global marketplace.'

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