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Graeme Tarbox

Graeme Tarbox

Graeme Tarbox is General Manager/Head of Sales at airmid healthgroup

ciara keenan airmid healthgroupairmid healthgroup is pleased to welcome Ciara Keenan, on a 3 week internship as part of the science team. Entering her 3rd year as an undergraduate in the University of Limerick, Ciara is pursuing a B.Sc. in Food Science and Health. During her 3 weeks at airmid healthgroup, Ciara will be working with Máire Fox, M.Sc., Laboratory Manager, Dr. Angela Southey, Head of Virology and Environmental Test Chambers, John Fallon, PhD, Senior Scientific officer, Natasha Gordon, PhD, R&D manager and Noelle Dromgoole, Occupational Hygienist and will gain hands-on-experience in the Allergen and Microbiology laboratories as well as in the Environmental Test Chambers. She will also participate in Environmental Field Studies. 

airmid healthgroup is pleased to welcome Priscilla Liu to the business team on a 2 month internship. Priscilla is a 3rd year undergraduate studying Economics and Public Health at UC Berkeley. With an interest in business and social enterprises, Priscilla is excited to take part in airmid’s mission to improve the quality and standards of products affecting consumer health. Priscilla will be involved with marketing strategy optimization with Graeme Tarbox, Head of Business Development.

As a former postgraduate of NUI Galway, Noelle Dromgoole was delighted to attend the conference "Occupational Health and Safety: A Pioneering Past and a Bright Future" on the 14th and 15th June 2013. The conference celebrated 21 years of Occupational Health and Safety postgraduate study at NUI Galway and the achievements of postgraduates. In addition the conference reviewed current developments and challenges within Occupational Health and Safety across all industries.

airmid healthgroup internairmid healthgroup is pleased to welcome Stephen O’ Reilly to the science team on a 6 month work placement module from DCU. Stephen is a 3rd year undergraduate studying a BSc. in Environmental Science & Health. While at airmid, Stephen will be working in the Allergen Laboratory alongside Máire Fox, MSc, Laboratory Manager, and Dr. Angela Southey, Head of Virology and Environmental Test Chambers.

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Gabriel Scientific, in conjunction with airmid healthgroup, launched The Pillow Check Up 2013 on RTE Radio 1’s The Mooney Show on the 17th of April. Listeners were invited to send their pillows for analysis at airmid healthgroup’s laboratories to measure the levels of mould, allergens and bacteria present in pillows around Ireland. The results revealed that one third of pillows sampled had evidence of dust mite allergen. All of the pillows were found to harbour bacteria, just under a third of which at high levels, while half contained detectable levels of mould. A variety of mould and bacterial species were identified including Candida, Aspergillus, Rhodoltorula, and Streptococcus.

Feargus-O-Flahertyairmid healthgroup are pleased to welcome Feargus O’Flaherty to the science team on a 3 month work placement module from NUIM. Feargus is a 4th year undergraduate studying a BSc. in Biotechnology. While at airmid, Feargus will be involved in research and development with Dr Natasha Gordon, R&D manager. airmid are delighted to take part in this scheme with NUIM and further extend our collaborations with Universities in Ireland. Work placement in a Third Level Program is an essential part of a student’s pathway into an industry such as airmid healthgroup. As a leading biomedical organisation the student gains experience in a real-life working environment helping companies to develop & differentiate their products and services through data generated in the field, environmental chambers and the laboratory.

This week, at events in cities from coast-to-coast, Irish Government officials, including Prime Minister (An Taoiseach) Enda Kenny, will reinforce and promote Ireland's ties with its largest trading partner, the U.S. The ties continue to strengthen. As their businesses expand in the U.S., Ireland-based companies are broadening their footprint and boosting headcount. Today, Ireland is the 14th largest investor in the U.S., with 300 Irish companies across all 50 states collectively employing more than 82,000 Americans. The investment flows both ways. U.S. companies continued to select Ireland as their European hub last year, while many existing corporate tenants expanded their Irish operations. In total, more than 600 U.S. companies have a presence on the island.

Occupational Hygiene Society of IrelandDr. Bruce Mitchell, CEO of airmid healthgroup, was delighted to present a talk entitled “Exposure to Indoor Air Contaminants in the Workplace” at the 22nd Annual Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland conference held in Co. Limerick. In his talk Dr Mitchell addressed many of the key elements that need to be taken into account to ensure the quality of indoor air in offices.

It’s the time of year again for the American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting in San Antonio Texas (February 22-26). The meeting will be attended by more than 7,700 allergist/immunologists, related physicians, and industry representatives.

grand-canal-quayThe neighbourhood bordering the Grand Canal Docks in Dublin where airmid healthgroup's facilities are based has become a hub of start ups, entrepreneurs, tech giants, and innovation, leading to it becoming known as “Silicon Docks”.  Following in the footsteps of Google & Facebook, a myriad of leading international companies and investors are being attracted to the area.

heimtextil-2013We enjoyed a highly successful few days attending the Heimtextil Trade Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. As always it was an extremely impressive trade fair with a vast array of exhibitors from all around the world in the enormous trade fair centre that is Messe Frankfurt.

airmid healthgroup textile and biomedical research representatives will be attending Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany from 9 to 12 January 2013.

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This week members of the airmid team went to the Big Ideas Showcase organised and sponsored by Enterprise Ireland

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As winter draws in and the temperature drops, the quality of air in our homes can deteriorate. Heating systems are started up, open fires are lit, doors and windows are shut to seal out the cold air - all of these actions can contribute to an increase of allergens and irritants in the air of your home. Sealing our homes may be more energy efficient but unless adequate ventilation is also present this can be to the detriment of our health, especially for those with asthma and upper airway disease. Lack of ventilation may also cause increased moisture levels which together with warm room temperatures give an ideal environment for growth of mold & house dust mites. An asthma & allergy friendly® certified Air Cleaner can work against these factors to reduce airborne allergens and irritants in your home during these winter months.

airmid healthgroup are delighted to have been shortlisted for a business award in the category Docklands Innovator of the Year 2012 for our research on indoor aerobiology and indoor air quality that was recently presented at an international medical meeting in the United States.

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) concluded today having run from November 8th-13th in Anaheim, California. The meeting offered an exciting array of educational sessions for physicians and allied health professionals, as well as some fantastic social events.

airmid healthgroup Air Filtration & Biomedical research representatives will be attending the International Filtration Conference in Philadelphia, USA during the 14th – 15th November.

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Last month airmid attended the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the European Feather and Down Association in Dublin. The purpose of the association is to promote the interests of the European members of the bedfeather and feather-filling industry and their suppliers. In addition, it pursues the targets of making a contribution towards promoting fair business dealings and transactions, of informing its members of European quality regulations, and of encouraging the compliance with such regulations.

For this blog entry, we discuss the occurrence of "Popcorn workers lung" attributed to diacetyl inhalation, following the recent legal proceedings of a Bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) sufferer who contracted the respiratory disease following exposure to diacetyl from Popcorn. BO is an obstructive respiratory disease, whereby the bronchioles are obstructed by tissue damage and aberrant epithelial repair. The result is a narrowing of the bronchioles, restricting normal respiratory function. This should be of concern to managers and safety officals of manufacturing plants producing diacetyl and whose employees or consumer base may be at risk from exposure.

Maire FoxAs a world leader in Environmental Research, Development & Testing, airmid healthgroup recognises the importance of being an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. The benefits include: 

  • Data accepted by regulatory bodies anywhere in the world
  • Increased customer confidence
  • Minimised risk of unreliable results
  • Reduced cost on unreliable results and re-testing