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New ways and means of treating patients

Three HRB-funded clinical research facilities located on hospital grounds in Cork, Dublin and Galway integrate research directly into patient care. Patients can participate in national and international clinical trials and other studies.

Professor Jim Meany

The HRB Centre for Advanced Medical Imaging (CAMI) at St James’s Hospital is Ireland’s only dedicated 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner. Approximately 5000 patients have participated in studies and clinical work at the centre.

Growing replacement eye tissue in the lab

Picture of an eye

Dr Finbarr O'Sullivan and his team at DCU has worked with the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital to develop a way to grow tissue from the eye in the lab. This will allow better transplant options for patients with corneal eye damage.

Asprin and breast cancer

Asprin tablets

Professor Kathleen Bennet and Dr Ian Barron at TCD have shown that asprin may play a protective role and prevent breast cancer spreading to the lymph nodes. The finding could lead to improved survival rates globally.

Lower radiation doses to treat spinal cancer

Dr Pierre Thirion

Pierre Thirion, MD, St Lukes Hospital and his team have shown that lower overall radiation doses can be used to treat spinal cancer as effectively as higher doses. This greatly reduces the radiation side effects for patients.

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