Researchers from GNC and CPR recently won prestigious prizes for their research at the 20th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Pain Society 2020, continuing an impressive track record of success in these competitions. The meeting was the Irish Pain Society’s first virtual meeting, held over the online platform Zoom.
The following researchers won prizes for their poster presentations:
Catherine Healy and Jessica Gaspar (joint first authors), supervised by Prof. David Finn and Dr. Michelle Roche, won the IPS Preclinical Research Medal for their poster entitled “Pharmacological blockade of PPAR Alpha impairs recognition memory but not anxiety-related behaviour in a rat model of chronic inflammatory pain”.
Laura Boullon, supervised by Dr. Álvaro Llorente-Berzal and Prof. David Finn, won Second Prize in the Preclinical Research category for her poster entitled “Sex dependent alterations in pain- and anxiety- related behaviours and cognition in a rat model of peripheral neuropathic pain”.
Dr. Hannah Durand, supervised by Prof. Brian McGuire, won the IPS Clinical Research Medal for her poster entitled “Prevalence and impact of primary dysmenorrhea among university students in Ireland”.
Kelly McDonagh, supervised by Prof. Brian McGuire, won Second Prize in the Clinical Research category for her poster entitled “Being a parent of a child with Down’s arthritis : an interpretive phenomenological analysis”.
The research competition was judged by a panel of international experts who commended the high quality of the research.
NUI Galway researchers joined researchers, clinical experts and scientists from a range of professional disciplines including pain medicine, surgery, nursing, physiotherapy and psychology in presenting their work to an audience of scientists and health practitioners. Marking the Global Year for Prevention of Pain, the meeting heard about challenges and opportunities in preventing pain, and new and innovative approaches in research and clinical practice.