Dundalk attempted to land Troy Parrott on loan during January

first_imgDUNDALK tried to land Troy Parrott in a sensational loan deal last month it’s been reported.Today’s Irish Mirror says that the club were in talks with Spurs over a potential temporary move.2 Parrott has found playing opportunities few and far betweenCredit: Getty Images – GettySeemingly talks only broke down due to Tottenham’s mounting injury crisis up front along with a niche UEFA rule regarding the number of home-grown players needed to take part in the Champions League.To qualify for Uefa’s Champions League B list as a home-grown player, Parrott had to have completed two uninterrupted years at Tottenham which he hadn’t until his 18th birthday.Because of the decision to keep Parrott at Spurs rather than send him out on loan, it appears there’s very little chance of him featuring in Ireland’s crunch playoff against Slovakia next month.Ireland boss Mick McCarthy bemoaned Parrott’s failure to secure a loan move recently as he stressed how important it is to be playing regular first-team football.DEPRIVED OF FOOTBALLHe said: “I wish he’d gone to Charlton and played games on loan.”It’s great financially for him to have a new contract but it’s not letting him play.“He has been deprived of football because of his age. I wish he was playing football, it would be much better for us.”If he’s not playing competitive football he has very little chance of being in the squad.”2 Vinny Perth was in the market to make the big moveHe added: “I’m not saying there’s no chance for anybody else but the best performance was against Denmark with players who are tried and trusted.”MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’Parrott signed a new contract at Tottenham earlier this month committing his future to the club until 2023.It has been a source of worry for many Irish fans though that he is still on the fringes despite both Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min being out at the moment.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly said that the Dubliner is ‘not ready’ to play a featured role yet.last_img read more

Australian research breakthrough could lead to more effective treatments for dry eye

first_imgThe project was a collaboration between researchers at University of Wollongong (UOW), QUT and the University of New South Wales. The results of the study are featured as the cover article in the August issue of the Journal of Lipid Research.The surface of the eye is covered by an oily film that slows evaporation of the underlying water layer, preventing the eye from drying out. The composition of this oil layer is a complex mixture of many hundreds of individual waxes and oils (known as lipids).For more than 40 years, scientists have been trying to determine the precise composition of these lipids in order to understand how the tear film lipid layer works to prevent evaporation, while still providing a smooth surface to enable clear vision.A class of lipids called OAHFAs was discovered within this mixture and found to be essential for the smooth spreading of the tear film. However, because they were present at low levels within a complex mixture no one, until now, had been able to determine unequivocally all the components of its molecular structure.Associate Professor Todd Mitchell, from UOW’s School of Medicine and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), led one of the teams involved in the study.Related StoriesAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology shares tips for staying safe around fireworksAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapySchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds research“We were looking not at tear drops, but rather at the tear film that covers and protects the surface of the eye. The aim of the study was to elucidate exactly the molecular structure of the most abundant OAHFAs present in the tear film, and using some advanced mass spectrometry techniques we were able to do that,” Professor Mitchell said.Multiple experimental strategies were required to determine the molecular structure of these lipids, including using laser photons in collaboration with Associate Professor Adam Trevitt from UOW’s Laser Chemistry Lab, School of Chemistry.Associate Professor Michael Kelso from UOW’s School of Chemistry and IHMRI was then able to successfully synthesize these molecules.“Successfully synthesizing the lipid molecules not only confirmed our mass spectrometry findings but also opened up new areas for further research,” Professor Kelso said.QUT’s Professor Stephen Blanksby supervised the research utilizing the Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) to explore the complex molecular architecture of lipids.“With the detailed structure of OAHFA in hand, our team prepared the first synthetic versions of these lipids, paving the way for examination of their physical and biochemical properties,” he said.“Further research will uncover how these compounds act to stabilize the tear film and thus provide a pathway to more effective treatments for dry eye disease.” Aug 10 2018Scientists uncover the molecular secrets of the tears that protect our eyesAustralian researchers have made an important breakthrough in understanding the composition of the tear film that protects our eyes, leading to more effective treatments for dry eye disease. Source:https://media.uow.edu.au/releases/UOW250153.htmllast_img read more