Background

RTE One 8.30PM, Monday, July 16, 2012


Our understanding of science and technology advances every single day, from the latest Smartphone, to cutting edge medical technologies, to furthering our understanding of how the universe was created. We meet the Irish researchers who are working at the forefront of innovative healthcare devices and imaging, and speak to the former Young Scientist who is now working on the greatest experiment the world has ever known!



Part 1 : Improved Imaging for Crohn’s Disease

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre in UCC works to understand the complex environment of the gastrointestinal tract and its microbial community. We investigate APC’s research in the area of radiation dose optimisation, and look into collaborations in the imaging of Crohn’s disease which use cutting edge mathematical algorithms to reduce the radiation doses associated with CT scanning, while preserving and enhancing diagnostic yield from these studies.

Part 2 : Lero

Almost every aspect of our daily lives depends on or is regulated by software; from smartphones and iPads to major infrastructural systems such as air traffic control or security technology. Two key areas where you don’t want your software to malfunction are in medicine and in outer space! We showcase the work of Lero in UL who are developing highly reliable software systems that are being used by the medical device sector and the European Space Agency.

Part 3 : Young Scientist

Incredibly in 2014 the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will celebrate its 50th anniversary. We tracked down 3 former participants to find out what kind of impact the event has had on their careers.