April 2014

Conway PhD student becomes ICON-GPA Life Sciences Ambassador

Mon, 28 April 14 10:00

Oisín Gough is a 3rd year PhD student working under the supervision of Professor Catherine Godson in the Diabetes Complications Research Centre (DCRC) within the UCD Conway Institute.

Oisín, an inter-county senior hurler with Dublin and Cuala, has received a Gaelic Players Association (GPA) postgraduate scholarship in 2014 and is now invited to become an ICON-GPA Life Sciences Ambassador under a new initiative between the clinical research organisation and the player representative body. 

The young defender has been a student at UCD since 2007 and graduated with a BSc. Pharmacology in 2011. He then began his doctoral studies as part of the Molecular Medicine Ireland Clinical and Translational Scholarship programme. Oisín works with Prof Godson on a project focused on the genetic susceptibility of some diabetes patients to diabetic nephropathy; a progressive kidney disease involving the blood vessels within the organ.

Oisín represented UCD at both Freshers and Fitzgibbon Cup level in hurling reaching a Freshers All Ireland final in 2007/08 and a Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final in 2013. He has represented Dublin in hurling at every level from U-14 up to senior inter-county level and been part of three Leinster Championship winning Dublin hurling teams in 2007 (minor), 2010 (U-21) and 2013 (senior). 

Since 2012, the partnership between ICON plc, a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, and the Gaelic Players Association has provided funding for inter-county players engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate life sciences courses.

The new ICON-GPA Life Sciences Ambassador initiative provides an enhanced scholarship opportunities while also providing access to the ICON senior executives so as to provide insight into how leadership works in such an organisation.

Original article by UCD Conway Institute. Reproduced with permission