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2023 UCD Festival Fund

The second National PPI Festival will take place from 1-31 October 2023, showcasing and celebrating the incredible progress in public and patient involvement (PPI) in Irish research.  

PPI Ignite Network @ UCD offered supports of €300 to assist UCD staff and students in hosting a PPI Festival event that aligns to the aims of the National PPI Festival. The successful applicants are:

  • Dr. Jude Bek (UCD School of Psychology) Dance and the brain in Parkinson’s
  • Niamh Vickers, Denise McGuinness, and Assoc. Professor Kate Frazer (UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems. A co-designed PPI study of breastfeeding knowledge, practices and attitudes in general practice: panel discussion of implications, education, practice and research
  • Dr. Shane O'Grady and Precision Oncology Ireland (UCD School of Medicine). POI-2 Patient Consultation.
  • Dr. Irene Lara-Sáez (UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology). The EB Expert Workshop: Understanding Gene Editing

See all UCD National PPI Festival events here

PPI and research ethics approval

The PPI Ignite Network has developed a statement to clarify the frequently asked question Is research ethics committee approval required to involve the public in research?  

We now ask for your feedback on the statement. We are specifically interested in your view on the clarity and usability of the statement for PPI in research in Ireland.

Fill in a short anonymous feedback survey

This work has been co-developed by work package 3 of the PPI Ignite Network, led by PPI Ignite Network @ UCD and PPI Ignite Network @ RCSI, with significant input from members internal and external to the Network.

You can contactppi@ucd.ieif you have any queries or questions related to this work.

Irish Cancer Society PPI Awards 2023 Open

The Irish Cancer Society invites researchers to submit an application for the Public and Patient Involvement Awards 2023. 

Applications can request up to a maximum €5,000 each, awarded to researchers based in the Republic of Ireland to cover costs associated with public and patient involvement activities, over a minimum duration of 6 months.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Public and Patient Involvement Awards aim to support excellent Irish-based cancer researchers in all disciplines, to foster and grow their public and patient involvement activities.

They strongly encourage initiatives which promote involvement and equity of access for individuals and groups from hard to reach and under-represented populations, ensuring diverse representation of the population.

More information

Scanning Horizons PPI Workshop: Resources

The PPI Ignite Network @ UCD delivered a workshop on 09 August 2023.

Public and Patient Involvement (PPI): Achieving Equitable Change and Collaborative Working in Research with Seldom Heard Voices was delivered as part of the programme at Scanning Horizons, Driving Change, Building a Healthier World, the inaugural international research conference hosted by the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.

We have compiled a page of resources to help workshop attendees to put your new knowledge into action. 

Resources: Scanning Horizons Workshop

Bursaries to attend PPI Summer School in Limerick


The PPI Summer School held by University of Limerick is now in it's 8th year. The PPI Summer School provides a co-learning environment to build capacity for high-quality PPI in health research. This will be accomplished through training, sharing and networking among researchers, patients, carers, clinicians, policy-makers and other relevant partners.

We have a number of bursaries available for early career researchers to attend the Summer School in Limerick this year.

Find out more information here

Get involved with ovarian cancer research this World Ovarian Cancer Day

This World Ovarian Cancer Day, May 8th, PhD researchers from the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics laboratory at University College Dublin are inviting members of the public and people who have been affected by ovarian cancer to get involved with their cancer research. 

The group has established a very active patient advisory committee, and together they were awarded a prestigious Public Patient Involvement award from the Irish Cancer Society in 2022. This award is supporting their efforts to now try and broaden public and patient involvement in their research. To learn more about research in the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics laboratory, visit www.cbtlab.ie. 

Lasting Impact Award

Prof Thilo Kroll, site lead for PPI Ignite Network @ UCD was awarded a  ‘Lasting Impact Award’ by the Dublin Simon Community for his invaluable pro-bono work working with clients in co-designing a mental health support for young adults experiencing homelessness in Dublin.

Assoc Prof Kate Frazer (UCD SNMHS) also received a Lasting Impact Award. Together they led the PhotoVoice and Co-Design phase of the project which was the core piece of work in terms of understanding the needs of the cohort and capturing their recommendations for service provision.

The Dublin Simon Community received funding from the Kind Baudouin Foundation in Belgium for this project.

The project report can be found here.

Pictured L-R: Pat Greene (Head of Policy, Advocacy and Volunteering, Dublin Simon Community), Prof Thilo Kroll (UCD), Catherine Kenny (CEO, Dublin Simon Community). 

PPI Resource Centre for Translational Researchers

The Patient Engagement Resource Centre (PERC) for translational researchers has been launched. EATRIS and the European Patients Forum (EPF), together with affiliated partner European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) launched the PERC at the end of March.  The PERC was developed as part of the Horizon 2020 project, EATRIS-Plus.

These PPI/patient engagement resources focus specifically on the needs of preclinical and translational researchers.

Dr. Emma Dorris (PPI Ignite Network @ UCD) and Prof. Amanda McCann (Patient Voice in Cancer Research) were part of the taskforce involved in its development. 

You can visit the PERC at www.patient-engagement.eu 

PPI in lab-based Vision Research

Recent UCD doctoral graduate Dr. Ailís Moran wrote a blog on her experience with PPI throughout her PhD research. Writing for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Dr. Moran highlights how she benefited from the involvement of people living with vision impairment throughout her research as part of the UCD Ocular Pharmacology and Genetics Group. You can read the blog here 

Resources from Festival Events

Attended a National PPI Festival @ UCD event but didn't note down a resource mentioned? You'll find a collection of those resources here

Citizen's Jury Announce Verdict on the Future Use of Genomics in Health Care and Research in Ireland.

The Citizens’ Jury on the Future Use of Genomics in Health Care and Research in Ireland, today published its verdict. Organized by the Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI), the 24-member jury of members of the public, are united in their appeal for greater national-level planning and action around genomics now and into the future. 

This ‘national conversation’ is about many of the important ethical issues and values which underpin how the health service can be modernised for generations to come. It is a task which jurors acknowledge may feel intimidating and uncomfortable to engage on – but one which they believe can lead to greater levels of public trust.

Read all about the Citizen Jury here and read the full report here.

UCD are a scientific member of IPPOSI. 

IPPOSI are a National Partner of the PPI Ignite Network. 

New Podcast Series: Ignite Involvement

PPI Igite Network @ UCD have launched a new podcast series. Ignite Involvement is a podcast series featuring a wide variety of guests including PPI partners, researchers and community organisations. Guests chat about all things PPI. The first series has five episodes and is available for your listening pleasure now!

Find out more and listen to Ignite Involvement here.

Contact PPI Ignite Network @ UCD

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