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APC 2023 Engaged Research bursary recipients announced

13 Mar 2023

Congratulations to our 2023 Engaged Research bursary recipients, Dr Siobhain O’Mahony, Michelle O’Riordan and Cyrille Thinnes.

Engaged Research places the citizen at the centre of the research project and involves collaborating with non-specialist stakeholders and the wider community throughout the research life cycle. It can take many forms, including Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in research, community-based research and citizen science. It addresses issues of concern to society and aims to promote improved understanding, ownership and collaborative responses across community, academia and policy makers.

APC Microbiome Ireland funds up to five projects annually – allowing researchers the opportunity to embed aspects of engaged research into their research activity and build their professional capacity as engaged researchers. 

The projects that will be funded are:

Dr Siobhain O’ Mahony (UCC): A collaboration with clinicians from Cork University Maternity Hospital and Endometriosis Ireland, this project will establish a PPI panel to develop and inform future research questions.

Michelle O’ Riordan (UCC): The AUGMENT project will incorporate a PPI panel to provide valuable contributions to the team’s research in chronic inflammatory noncommunicable diseases.

Cyrille Thinnes (NUIG): Developed in consultation with Avicenna Alliance and Campus Engage, this project will create a PPI toolkit in digital health, specifically addressing gut health.

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