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UCC researchers recognised at Researcher of the Year awards

6 Dec 2022
Jack Murray and Professor John Atkins at the Irish Research Council Researcher of the Year awards.

University College Cork (UCC) researchers have been recognised at the Irish Research Council Researcher of the Year awards.

Now in their sixth year, the Researcher of the Year Awards commend the exceptional Irish Research Council funded researchers making considerable contributions to knowledge, society, culture, or innovation. The winners announced today were selected by an independent expert panel, chaired by Professor Áine Hyland.

Professor John Atkins received a special commendation in the Researcher of the Year category while Jack Murray won the Jane Grimson medal for top ranked GOI Postgraduate for his application for his PhD project, entitled: Applying Artificial Intelligence Tools in Drug Formulation Development: A Machine Learning Approach for Novel Formulation Design.

As well as the Researcher of the Year awards, the Irish Research Council also announced today the four early career researchers who have won Medals of Excellence. The medals recognise excellence in the 2022 Government of Ireland postgraduate and postdoctoral funding calls run by the Irish Research Council in the arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS) and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The medals are named for former IRC Council Chairs. Also announced at the awards were the Research Ally Awards with Professor Anthony McDonnel and Martin O’Connell receiving awards.

Commenting Professor John Cryan, Vice-President for Research and Innovation at UCC stated “It is great to see our researchers recognised by the Irish Research Council for their excellent impactful work. It is also good to have both early and advanced career researchers receiving awards in addition to key research allies.”

Director of the Irish Research Council, Dr Louise Callinan, congratulated this year’s winners, saying: “The Researcher of the Year Awards provide an important opportunity to recognise the very best of the excellent researchers supported by the Irish Research Council and to highlight the tangible impact of public investment in research across all disciplines. The Irish Research Council is very proud to have provided vital support to the work of our awardees at various stages of their research careers. We extend our congratulations to each of our awardees as we acknowledge their significant contributions to the understanding of our shared past, present, and future from a diversity of perspectives.”

Further information on all of the awardees is available at:

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