Lay Seminars

PPI Workshop – February 2019

On the 4th February 2019 (World Cancer Day) the IACR junior council organised a PPI workshop in preparation for “The Professor Patrick Johnston IACR Award for Excellence in Cancer Research Outreach.“

This public event opened the IACR 55th Annual Conference. This is an award honouring the legacy of Professor Patrick (Paddy) G. Johnston, oncologist, researcher and Former Vice Chancellor Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), who had a passion for engaging and invigorating early stage cancer researchers, mentoring many great clinicians and scientists.

For this award, 6 early-stage scientists present their exciting cancer research to the public. A judging panel and the audience votes for the most accessible presentation.

The 6 finalists were selected by a patient/researcher panel among 37 applicants who submitted a lay abstract for review. During the workshop, pairs of researchers and patient mentors worked together to make science communication more accessible to the general public.


The workshop was facilitated by Ms Elaine Quinn, communication and education manager in the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research. Patients and researchers broke the ice talking about their favourite shoes and then they went on to explain their research in a 10 second sentence as if speaking to a 999 emergency call scenario. They then worked together on the story board of their research projects.

This was a very useful exercise for all involved, especially for our early-stage researchers who learnt to look at the bigger picture and to value what really matters to patients.

We would like to thank The Mater Foundation for sponsoring this initiative, Ms. Elaine Quinn for this very fun and interesting workshop and our patient advocate volunteers for generously giving their time.

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Briefing patients on research







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