€1 million invested in Radiowave Cancer Therapy at IT Sligo

A research agreement which brings the total investment into radiowaves as a cancer therapy at IT Sligo to in excess of €1 million has been finalised.

The investment will secure the employment of an additional 3 researchers at the Institute’s Mitochondrial Biology and Radiation Research Group and will include the provision of specialist equipment which is unique in Ireland.

Researchers at IT Sligo, led by Principal Investigator Dr James Murphy, are leading the global radiowave research project which also involves researchers in the US and Australia.

The research is being funded by the Radiowave Therapy Research Institute in Western Australia and its Director David Bonnin described the findings which have been made at IT Sligo to date as ‘very exciting’; “We’re very excited and encouraged by the findings in the first stage of the programme and we’re delighted to be continuing our investment into the research,” he said.

Dr James Murphy, who is a Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Lecturer at IT Sligo, said that the research stands to benefit a number of types of cancer; “We’re investigating the potential in radiowave therapy as a stand-alone and adjunct therapy in the context of several cancer types initially and we’re extremely encouraged by progress made to date,” he said.

The research project has been ongoing since 2008 and the latest investment represents the second stage of the process, which will include the locating of specialist equipment to the IT Sligo campus and the employment of 3 new researchers to add to the already 5-strong team at the Institute.

The Radiowave Therapy Research Institute in Western Australia was established in 2005. It is a non-profit, privately owned and privately funded establishment studying the physical, clinical, biochemical and human factor outcomes of radiowave therapy in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

Radiowave therapy is already used in some parts of the world to treat cancer and is considered to be a non invasive therapy without long term side effects.

‘All hell will break loose if fees brought in’: Students

The Union of Students of Ireland has said that “all hell will break loose” if Education Minster Ruairi Quinn re-introduces third-level fees.

The Education Minister said today that he would have to take into account the serious financial crisis in the country and in the third level sector when making a decision on fees.

Prior to the election, he told students that he would oppose and campaign against extra charges for students.

USI deputy president John Logue said all hell will break loose if the Minister doesn’t keep his promise.

“Ryanair will be delighted, because a lot of students I know will be heading off to Canada and Australia (if fees are brought back in). 

“If he wants to see us come back to the dynamic, smart economy that they keep on harping on about, he really needs to think long-term about this…. All hell will break loose (if fees are re-introduced),” he said.

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“Lost Generation Must Be Top Priority For New Government” – USI

“Lost Generation Must Be Top Priority For New Government” – USI

The Union of Student in Ireland (USI) has warned that the “lost generation” of young people, who are emigrating in droves every week, must be prioritized by the new government. 

Approximately 1,000 people are being forced to leave Ireland every week due to lack of employment opportunities. This emigration crisis must be tackled aggressively by the incoming government.

The majority of the “lost generation” are highly qualified, educated young people that may never return to our shores.

It is important that the necessary action be taken to ensure that our graduates are employed in Ireland and not exported to the benefit of rival economies. These graduates must be given the opportunity to contribute to the salvaging of Ireland’s economy.

USI will continue to campaign to ensure that graduate unemployment and emigration is at the forefront of the new government’s agenda.

USI President, Gary Redmond, said:

“A failure by the new government to introduce initiatives to combat Ireland’s current jobs crisis will spurn the further exodus of graduates to the benefit of rival economies.

The devastating jobs crisis in this country is forcing the future drivers of our ‘smart economy’ to flee the country. Thousands of valuable graduates have already left Irish shores and many thousands are set to follow.

Ireland’s young people are anxious to be given the opportunity to rebuild Ireland’s economy, and contribute to the future prosperity of this island.

Our highly skilled graduates currently have two options when they leave college: emigrate or join the dole queue. The incoming government must implement initiatives 

that will ensure Ireland’s youth are not forced to emigrate to the benefit of the US, Canada and Australia.”

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Sligo Students stage vigil for third level education

 Today a number of representatives from Sligo’s colleges staged a vigil for third level education outside the office of TD. Jimmy Devin’s. The vigil was to signify the death of third level education and the once sought after smart economy. With news breaking last week that one in five are still waiting to receive their grants many students are struggling to put themselves through college with many being forced to drop out. In a report last week Sligo VEC was quoted as having one of the highest number of applications left process and it is no wonder with the cuts to staff in their offices, but again students are suffering because of the cuts.

Added to this is the pressure is the proposal that net year there will be an introduction of the €2,000 student contribution charge to replace the current €1,500 registration charge. This charge is leaving the gate open for future increases in this rate which is really third level fees through the back door.

IT Sligo Students’ Union President Breffni Gorman said:

“We all know desperate times call for desperate measures and as students we realise what kind of times we are living in, but forcing people out of education and into the dole queue is not the way to go. If we want to take the country off its knees we should be investing in our younger generations, investing in their education and not forcing them to flee the country, what is a country without its younger generation. It is a daily reality now on campus to hear of people talking about leaving for countries like Australia and Canada because of the promise of work. Increasing the financial strain on students and their families is not the way to go  and if the government is looking for cuts they should look to the wages of the fat cats that got us into this mess in the first place”

The vigil comes after the announcement of the Governments four year plan which directly affects third level students as it introduces a student contribution charge, cuts the non pay grant and decreases to the minimum wage. This is on top of the current grant shambles that sees VECs like Sligo struggling through their grant applications processed and one in five eligible students still waiting to receive any kind of grant payment.

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