Prof. Patrick G. Johnston Award for Excellence in Cancer Research Outreach
Six early career researchers have been selected based on their lay abstract submissions to IACR 2024. Those selected will take part in a patient communication workshop prior to IACR 2024 and will prepare a lay presentation on their work. Presentations will be delivered to peers and a lay audience at The Patrick G. Johnston Award for Excellence in Cancer Research. The winner is chosen by the audience and judging panel. Every year the event is open to the public.
Charlotte is a postdoctoral researcher in bioinformatics and cancer genomics. She works in Assoc. Prof. Naomi Walsh's lab in Dublin City University. Her research involves exploring the clinical potential of in vitro cancer models and their impact on personalised medicine.
Trinity St James's Cancer Institute
My name is Christina and I am a fourth year PhD student from Kildare. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2018 with a BA in Molecular Medicine. Following my undergraduate degree, I worked as a research assistant before beginning my PhD in 2020 in Trinity St. James’s Cancer Institute. Here I work with Dr. Niamh Lynam-Lennon and Prof. Jacintha O’Sullivan in the Department of Surgery to investigate the role of microRNA in the treatment response of oesophageal and gastric cancer.
My name is David Hackett, and I'm a second year PhD student from Kildare. I graduated with a BSc in Pharmacology from University College Dublin in 2022. During my undergraduate studies, I undertook an Erasmus semester at the University of Copenhagen, where I worked within a translational cancer research group. This experience marked the true beginning of my passion for cancer research. I was awarded the Musgrave Breakthrough Cancer Research PhD scholarship in 2022 to undertake a PhD with Dr. Stephen Maher and Dr. Adriele Prina-Mello at Trinity College Dublin. My project focuses on exploring the potential of a new type of synthetic genetic drug to enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in pancreatic cancer.
My name is Faye, and I am a second year PhD student from County Laois. I completed a B.A. (Mod) in Physiology and M.Sc. in Immunology in Trinity College Dublin. After completing my master’s degree, I started my PhD in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences on the St. James’s Hospital campus. I work in the area of gynaecological oncology, focusing on the clinical utility of liquid biopsies in ovarian cancers.
My name is Niamh and I am a second year PhD student at RCSI. I graduated from TUD in 2021 with a BSc in Pharmaceutical Healthcare. Following this I worked as a research assistant developing my skills in the laboratory with Dr. Sinead Toomey. In late 2022 I began my PhD in cancer research, supervised by Prof. Ann Hopkins and Prof. Siobhan Glavey. My project focuses on designing and testing new drugs for potential use in Multiple Myeloma (MM). MM is an incurable blood cancer which is unfamiliar to most people. Accordingly, one aspect of this project that I am most passionate about is spreading MM awareness in our community. To achieve this goal, our group and a patient panel co-created a lay-friendly MM booklet for distribution to hospitals and GP surgeries across the country.
My name is Niamh, and I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Royal College of Surgeons. I graduated with an MSc in Molecular Medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 2021. I then worked as a chemical analyst in an industrial chemical engineering company called Schlotter for one year before beginning my PhD studies in September 2022. I work with Professor Brona Murphy in the department of Physiology & Medical Physics, where we focus on investigating the effects the hypoxic tumour microenvironment has on drug response and disease behaviour in a clinically relevant 3D model of a complex brain tumour called Glioblastoma.
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