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Launch of PPI Ignite Network@ UCC

8 Oct 2021

A virtual event was held on Friday 8th of October, 2021 to officially launch PPI Ignite Network@ UCC.

Led by Professor Patricia Kearney, School of Public Health, PPI Ignite Network@ UCC is part of the National PPI Ignite Network. The network aims to advance the involvement of the public in research, from the generation of ideas to the delivery of research results.

Funded by the Health Research Board, Irish Research Council, four UCC colleges and two research centres, PPI Ignite Network@ UCC aims to build capacity for high-quality Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) both within UCC and amongst wider society and embed PPI within institutional policies and practices.

The launch event was chaired by Professor Kearney and Dr Emmy Racine, Programme Manager, PPI Ignite Network@ UCC. The event showcased different examples of PPI from across the University and highlighted PPI contributors and partner organisations’ perspectives on the importance of PPI. Speakers included Dr Samantha Dockray, School of Applied Psychology, Dr Sheena McHugh, School of Public Health, Dr Feilim O’hAdhmaill, School of Applied Social Studies, Dr Nikki Dunne, Family Carers Ireland, Karen Charnley, All Island Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care, and Stephanie Skeffington, PPI contributor and patient advocate for rheumatic and respiratory conditions.

The initiative was then officially launched by Dr Martin Galvin, UCC Civic and Community Engagement Officer.

The launch event was recorded and is available to watch back below. 

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