Saturday's Session (FREE - no additional ticket required)
Via direct link from Ireland, Carol Ferrell, Senior Executive from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), will provide an introduction to SFI’s mission and how they fund potential medical breakthroughs in medicine, followed by a conversation with one of SFi’s top researchers, Dr. Aili Dowd, also direct from Ireland, who will talk about her team’s groundbreaking research on treating Parkinson’s Disease. Then a short video on 3D bioprinting, a technique used by researchers at SFI’s AMBER (Advanced Materials & Bioengineering Research) center in Dublin as an alternative to risky bone grafts. Printed cartilage templates placed in the body form the basis of bone including a blood supply allowing healthy bone and cartilage to grow. This was used to heal the joint damage in two legs of the racing filly “Beyoncé”, saving her life; and will likely replace current techniques for knee and hip replacement in humans and for even more complex procedures needed to repair skull and jaw injuries.
Sunday's Session (FREE - no additional ticket required)
Dr. Erin Tiedeken, who managed the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 in 2015/16, will start the first of two recorded sessions. She will focus on the decline of pollinators in Ireland and the impact on food production, in Ireland and world-wide. The second session, by Dr. David Finn, National University of Ireland, Galway will focus on the science and treatment of chronic pain, comparing the effectiveness of pain killers, antidepressants and medical cannabis. We hope he catches the bus from the hurling final in time to live FaceTime for a Q&A session!