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The public donations that make all of our research possible allow us to fund the work of over 100 talented research professionals in top Irish institutions. Their research focuses on a range of cancer types across a number research priority areas including prevention, early detection, better treatments, clinical trials, and survivorship.

Irish Cancer Society research networks

The Irish Cancer Society funds a number of collaborative cancer research programmes which focus on personalised cancer treatment.

Our biomedical research

Researcher: Dr Emma Allott
Award: The John Fitzpatrick Fellowship 2016 (Supported by Sanofi and Janssen)
About: Emma’s goal is to discover how high blood cholesterol impacts survival time of men with prostate cancer. Emma also wants  to understand if lifestyle changes to lower blood cholesterol can be combined with treatment in order to increase survival time in men with prostate cancer.
 

Researcher: Prof Adrian Bracken, Trinity College Dublin
Award: Cancers With Unmet Needs Translational Research Award 2020
About: Adrian is investigating the underlying disease biology of the paediatric brain tumour, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, an area of unmet clinical need.

Researcher: Professor Donal Brennan, University College Dublin
Award: Irish Cancer Society Improving Care for Women Impacted by Cancer Treatment 2019 (in collaboration with the National Cancer Control Programme)
About: The overall aim is to improve health and wellbeing for women cancer survivors at all stages of their cancer journey, by effectively managing menopausal symptoms, sexual dysfunction, mood and sleep disturbance.

Researcher: Dr Gerard Brien
Award: Irish Cancer Society Biomedical Research Fellowship Scheme 2018
About: Gerard's research project is titled "Understanding underlying disease mechanisms in Ewing sarcoma".

Researcher: Professor Roisin Connolly , University College COrk
Award: Irish Cancer Society Improving Care for Women Impacted by Cancer Treatment 2019 (in collaboration with the National Cancer Control Programme)
About: Roisin will develop and coordinate a multi-disciplinary nurse-led survivorship clinic and symptom management
pathway which integrates hospital and community services.
 

Researcher: Adele Connor, University College Dublin
Award: Translational Research Scholarship 2020
About: Adele has started her PhD research in ovarian cancer, titled, 'Investigating the heterogeneic biology of ovarian cancer metastases by high-resolution imaging to inform novel combination therapies'.

Researcher: John Daly, National University of Ireland Galway
Award: Irish Cancer Society Biomedical Research Scholarship Programme 2017
About: John will examine the role sialylation plays in immune evasion and provide a rationale for enhancing immunotherapy for Multiple Myeloma.

Principal Investigator: Dr Conan Donnelly
Award: National Cancer Registry of Ireland funding
About: This support provides funding to a postdoctoral fellow within the NCRI (Dr Colette O’Neill) to undertake a project aimed at determining the best way to measure breast cancer progression and recurrence in Ireland.

Researcher: Professor Josephine Hegarty
Award: Genetic Services Scoping Project 
About: Conducting an environmental scan to outline the cancer genetics services in an Irish context underpinned by a mixed methods approach.
 

Researcher: Dr Cathy Kelly
Award: Clinician Research Leadership Award 2019
About: This award allows Dr Kelly to dedicate two days per week to focus purely on developing and growing breast cancer research in Ireland.

Principal Investigator: Eibhlin Mulroe
Award: Core and strategic funding for Cancer Trials Ireland
About: The Irish Cancer Society provide support annually to Cancer Trials Ireland.

Researcher: Rebecca O'Brien, Trinity College Dublin
Award: Irish Cancer Society Biomedical Research Scholarship Programme 2018
About: Rebecca’s PhD project will investigate the relationship between complement proteins and immune cells to understand how immune cells affect response to chemoradiation therapy.

Researcher: Professor Peter O'Gorman
Award: Clinician Researcher Award 2017
About: This award allows Professor O’Gorman to dedicate two days per week to focus purely on developing and growing Multiple Myeloma research in Ireland.

Researcher: Rebecca Sheridan, University College Dublin
Award: Irish Cancer Society Biomedical Research Scholarship Programme 2019
About: Rebecca’s PhD research aims to unveil new strategies to prevent the progression of blood cancer by preventing vesicle signalling between cancer and normal cells.

Researcher: Romina Silva, University College Dublin
Award: Irish Cancer Society Biomedical Research Scholarship Programme 2017
About: Romina’s PhD research will study DNA methylation to understand why some patients stop responding to prostate and ovarian cancer drugs.

Researcher: Alexandra Tuzova
Award: Irish Cancer Society Biomedical Research Scholarship Programme 2015
About: Alexandra's project is titled, "Deciphering epigenetic regulation of enhancers in aggressive prostate cancer".
 

Our social, nursing and allied health research

Researcher: Dr Alice le Bonniec, National University of Ireland Galway
Award: Social Science, Nursing, and Allied Health Fellowship
About: This project aims to improve colorectal cancer screening uptake to improve patient outcomes. A novel intervention will be developed through assessment of the scientific literature and consultation workshops with the public, healthcare professionals, and the National Screening Service. The feasibility of this new intervention will be evaluated by the team.

Researcher: Emma Byrne, DCU (Supervisors: Professor Pamela Gallagher and Dr Simon Dunne)
Award: Scholarship 2019
About: Emma will examine the psychological impact of lymphoedema on cancer survivors, with a particular focus on body image and how these factors change over time. 

Researcher: Dr Cathal Cadogan
Award: Irish Cancer Society-AIIHPC Palliative Care Research Call
About: This project aims to develop and validate explicit criteria for identifying potentially inappropriate prescribing in patients living with cancer and receiving palliative care.

Researcher: Dr Nicholas Clarke, Dublin City University
Award: Increasing Bowel Screening Uptake Research Award 2019
About: This study will develop a bowel screening intervention built upon the team's previous research and the important differences between Ireland's screening programme and international programmes with higher uptake.

Researcher: Professor Patricia Fitzpatrick, University College Dublin
Award: Smoking Cessation in Cancer Patients - Research Project Award
About: Professor Fitzpatrick and her team aim to research and develop a process to support cancer patients to stop smoking.

Researcher: Dr Emer Guinan
Award: Irish Cancer Society-AIIHPC Palliative Care Research Call
About: This study aims to explore the relationship between physical activity levels and skeletal-related events, such as fractures, in patients with metastatic bone disease over one year.

Researcher: Yvonne Hanhauser (Advanced Nurse Practitioner St James’) and Prof Anne-Marie Brady (Professor of Nursing and Chronic Illness, TCD)
Award: Irish Cancer Society Nursing Research Award 2019 (in collaboration with Health Research Board, the National Cancer Control Programme, and the Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services Directory)
About: This project will develop and online tool to assist women with a BRCA+ gene mutation to make decisions about their care. 

Researcher: Professor Juliette Hussey (Trinity College Dublin)
Award: MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2018 
About: Professor Hussey's research project is titled 'Preoperative Exercise to Improve Fitness in Patients Undergoing Complex Surgery for Cancer of the Lung or Oesophagus'.

Researcher: Shauna Malone, Dublin City University (Supervisors: Professor Niall Moyna and Dr Karen Redmond)
Award: Scholarship 2017
About: Shauna's project is titled, 'Physical fitness and quality of life in individuals with lung cancer scheduled for surgery: the role of exercise'.

Researcher: Dr Maria Pertl, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland 
Award: Psycho-Oncology Research Award (in collaboration with the National Cancer Control Programme)
About: 
Dr Pertl's research project is titled ‘Managing depression among patients with cancer: Identifying what works best through network meta-analysis and stakeholder consultation.’

Researchers: Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Dr Janice Richmond (Letterkenny University Hospital) & Professor Andrew Murphy (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Award: Irish Cancer Society Nursing Research Award 2019 (in collaboration with Health Research Board, the National Cancer Control Programme, and the Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services Directory)
About: This project involves developing an integrated care model for the management of patients receiving oral anti-cancer agents in the community.  

Researcher: Dr Janice Richmond
Award: Implementation of the newly developed cancer survivorship initiative (Moving On Programme) as part of standardised cancer services with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors.

Researcher: Dr Aoife Ryan, University College Cork
Award: Alternative Therapy Scoping Award
About: Dr Ryan's research project is titled ‘A National survey to investigate the use of complementary and alternative medicine in Irish oncology patients.’

Researchers: Prof Declane Devane and Dr Elaine Finucane, National University of Ireland Galway
Award: Misinformation and Disinformation in Cancer: An Intervention Development Award
About: The researcher team want to provide people impacted by a cancer diagnosis with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and assess the reliability of treatment claims and choices. They will create an online learning resource, to help people recognise and act on reliable claims, supporting them to make well-informed health decisions. 

Our patient and public engagement research

Researcher: Kayleigh Slater, University College Dublin
Award: Irish Cancer Society Cancer Research Engagement Awards 2019
About: Kayleigh will organise a research engagement day, that will be open to patients and members of the public, to provide accurate and understandable information about ongoing uveal melanoma research from researchers and clinicians in the field.

Principal Investigator: Professor Amanda McCann
Award: The Patient Voice in Cancer Research 2019 funding
About: The Patient Voice in Cancer Research (PVCR), is an initiative to actively engage cancer patients, cancer researchers and other interested parties (patient advocates, families, carers and health care professionals, policy makers and those with an interest in cancer research) in discussions and decision-making processes, which positively impact on cancer treatment and
outcomes for patients  .
 

Our summer studentship researchers

Researcher: Omar Atfab, University College Cork
Award: Social, Nursing and Allied Health - Summer Studentship 2021
About: Omar, a psychology student in UCC, will be working on a project titled, 'Reducing susceptibility to cancer misinformation via a simple accuracy nudge intervention'.

Researcher: Amy Elliott, University College Dublin
Award: Social, Nursing and Allied Health - Summer Studentship 2021
About: Amy, a psychology student in UCD, will be working on a project titled, 'Supporting the development of a therapeutic recreation based camp programme to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer in Ireland'.

Researcher: Claire Hughes, Trinity College Dublin
Award: Translational Summer Studentship 2020
About: Claire, a Cell and Molecular Biology student in UCD, will be working on a project titled, 'Cellular Senescence: A target for disruption in ovarian cancer'.

Researcher: Megan McAuley, National University of Ireland Maynooth
Award: Translational Summer Studentship 2020
About: Megan, a Biological & Biomedical Sciences student in NUI Maynooth, will be working on a project titled, 'Inhibition of natural killer cells by tumour-derived complement in oesophageal adenocarcinoma'.

Researcher: Fanxi Meng, University College Dublin
Award: Translational Summer Studentship 2021
About: Fanxi, a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology student in UCD, will be working on a pancreatic cancer project titled, 'Isolation and characterisation of extracellular vesicles from normal and cancer cells'.

Researcher: Laura Oldacres, University College Cork
Award: Social, Nursing and Allied Health - Summer Studentship 2021
About: Laura, a nursing student in UCC, will be working on a project titled, 'Interventions promoting cognitive function in patients with cancer experiencing “chemobrain”: a systematic review to support the development of a targeted intervention'.

Researcher: Robyn Stanley, Limerick Institute of Technology
Award: Translational Summer Studentship 2021
About: Robyn, a student of Applied Biology in Limerick Institute of Technology, will be working on a project titled, 'Improving the efficacy of HDAC6 inhibitors in non-small cell lung cancer'.

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