Finalist in 2023 UCD Research Impact Case Study competition
Professor William Gallagher, UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and UCD Conway Institute is named as a finalist in the 2023 UCD Research Impact Case Study competition for OncoMark: avoiding unnecessary chemotherapy in breast cancer patients
Despite increased awareness and detection of breast cancer, clinicians need access to better selection strategies to avoid giving unnecessary chemotherapy to patients who have early-stage disease. Cancer researchers in UCD and TCD have developed a new test which can reliably predict metastatic spread in breast cancer patients. This patented technology, called OncoMasTR, was exclusively licensed into a UCD spin-out company (OncoMark) founded by one of the inventors, Professor Gallagher. OncoMark further developed and clinically validated the test in over 2,300 breast cancer patients, which led to the acquisition of the company by a large US firm who is now bringing this test to the clinic.
Professor William Gallagher, UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and UCD Conway Institute
Once introduced, this test will give more tailored treatment options to early-stage breast cancer patients and their supporting clinicians, and should allow for a substantial proportion (potentially up to 60%) of eligible patients to avoid unnecessary chemotherapy, resulting in better health outcomes and significant savings to the healthcare system.
Project promoting safe staffing in the healthcare system wins UCD Research Impact Competition
The overall winner and nine finalists were announced at a prize giving ceremony. A new Engaged Research impact prize was also awarded to the project ‘Correcting state narratives on the Magdalene Laundries’.
UCD Interim Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact Professor Helen Roche announced the winner and runners-up of the 2023 UCD Research Impact Case Study Competition. The annual competition encourages researchers of all disciplines to write a case study that tells the story of how their work has made a positive difference on wider society.
This year’s winner, ’Right nurse, right place, right time: promoting safe staffing in the healthcare system’ was led by Professor Jonathan Drennan, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.
Professor Drennan’s team has implemented and tested safe nurse staffing frameworks in Ireland. These have now become national policy and are currently being implemented in every hospital in the country, resulting in improved patient care, reduced patient mortality, reduced staff turnover and burnout, and increased job satisfaction.
This year, for the first time, an additional "Engaged Research impact prize" was awarded to the runner-up whose case study most strongly demonstrates research involving meaningful collaboration with publics and stakeholders. Dr Mark Coen, UCD School of Law & Professor Katherine O’Donnell, UCD School of Philosophy were the recipients of this award for their project ‘Correcting state narratives on the Magdalene Laundries’.
Professor Roche commented, “This year’s finalists are working in key research areas improving health systems, supports and outcomes, working to build societal trust, increasing all-island research collaboration, influencing policy, enriching lives and inspiring the next generation. I congratulate them and thank them for their commitment to ensuring that people benefit from their research and helping to steer Ireland and the world towards a sustainable, inclusive, prosperous future.”
The 2023 UCD Research Impact Case Study Competition winner and runners-up are:
Professor Jonathan Drennan, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
Right nurse, right place, right time: promoting safe staffing in the healthcare system
Dr Mark Coen, UCD School of Law & Professor Katherine O’Donnell, UCD School of Philosophy
Correcting state narratives on the Magdalene Laundries - *Winner of the new Engaged Research impact prize*
Christina Seery, Professor Jessica Bramham, Ken Kilbride, Fiona O’Riordan & Margo Wrigley, UCD School of Psychology
The Adult ADHD App: helping people understand and manage their ADHD
Professor Maria Baghramian, UCD School of Philosophy
PERITIA: understanding and fostering trust in experts and expertise
Irish Critical Care-Clinical Trials Network (Prof Alastair Nichol, UCD School of Medicine)
Improving outcomes of critically-ill patients with acquired brain injury
Professor William Gallagher, UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
OncoMark: avoiding unnecessary chemotherapy in breast cancer patients
Professor Dympna Devine & Dr Seaneen Sloan, UCD School of Education
Safe Learning: improving girls’ literacy and wellbeing in the Global South
Dr Orla Kelly, UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
The 4-day week: making work healthier and more sustainable
Dr Victoria Durrer, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy
Building cross-island capacity in theatre and dance
Professor Ronan McNulty, Associate Professor Luis Leon-Vintro, Dr Sean Cournane, Bill Kamtchou, UCD School of Physics
Redeploying particle physics detectors for health and medicine
Professor Roche continued: “I encourage UCD researchers from every College to explore the UCD Impact Toolkit and apply for this year’s Research Impact Competition when it opens in Spring. These tools provide great support for academics who wish to explore, articulate and share how their work is making a positive difference to people's lives. There is so much important research taking place across the university, we are delighted to acknowledge the depth and breadth of its impact in this way.”