Superbugs project wins UCC Science for All prize

Superbugs project wins UCC Science for All prize
Tom Sutton, winner of the 2018 UCC Science For All Competition

A CORK student who is working on ground-breaking research that will help in the fight against superbugs won a UCC competition last night.

Tom Sutton, 26, from Sundays Well, was the winner of the 2018 Science For All prize, which recognises students who can share the excitement of their research in a jargon-free manner which the public can easily understand.

His research aims to address the issue of diseases developing resistance to antibiotics in the future. Such superbugs could claim up to ten million lives a year worldwide by 2050.

"My work focuses on harnessing specialised viruses - macrophages - that hunt down and kill superbugs, yet we know extremely little about them," said Tom in his presentation. "We may be able to use them as tools in the future to fight superbugs."

Other topics last night included research on how seals interact with the fishing industry by Corkman Cian Luck; how artificial intelligence can be used in factories; and developing specialised foods for malnourished children worldwide.

The presentations by the six finalists will be serialised in the Evening Echo in the coming months.

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