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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: 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.

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: 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: 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: Dr Damir Vareslija, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
Award: Irish Cancer Society Biomedical Stimulus Award 2018
About: Damir’s project focuses on lobular breast cancer. His research aims to identify lobular breast cancer patients whose cancer is more likely to return and who may need more aggressive treatments.

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: 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.

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.

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: 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: 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 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 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: 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.

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 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.’

Researcher: Dr Simon Dunne, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Dublin City University
Award: Stimulus Award 2019
About: Simon’s Stimulus Award will drive forward this important work for people with lung cancer and their families by developing an evidence-based supportive care intervention to increase the quality of life and reduce distress in lung cancer survivors and their families/caregivers.

Researcher: Professor David Hevey (Trinity College Dublin)
Award: MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2016
About: In this study, Professor Hevey aims to improve youth health through ‘motivational interviewing.’ Peer educators will be trained to deliver a behaviour intervention aimed at increasing physical activity and decreasing smoking and alcohol consumption.

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: 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: Project Grant 2019
About: This project will take the newly developed survivorship programme and examine how best to implement it as standard clinical care, with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors.

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: Yvonne Hanhauser (Advanced Nurse Practitioner St James’) and Dr Louise Daly (Assistant Professor, 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: 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 Grainne Sheill (Senior Physiotherapist, TCD)
Award: Stimulus Award 2018
About: Dr Sheill, a Senior Physiotherapist at St James’ Hospital, will examine the provision of an exercise programme as part of standard clinical 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: 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: 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: 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”

Our patient and public engagement research

Researcher: Dr Michelle Norris, University of Limerick
Award: Irish Cancer Society Cancer Research Engagement Awards 2019
About: Michelle’s project is titled, "BREASTech: Increasing physical activity in breast cancer patients through technology enabled care". It is focused on using Connected Health to increase the physical activity levels of breast cancer patients and survivors.

Researcher: Dr Sharon O'Toole, Trinity College Dublin
Award: Irish Cancer Society Cancer Research Engagement Awards 2019
About: Sharon’s project aims to educate patients and the public on cancer biobanks and their purpose; to engage with patients and the public; and use this to inform how research projects are run; how current research programmes may be improved; and to increase awareness and participation in cancer research among patients.

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  .
 

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