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Enabling Clinical and Translational Research

Launch of IPPOSI Information Campaign - Monday 17 September, Mansion House, Dublin 2

Date Posted: 14 Sep 2012
Start Date: 14 Sep 2012
End Date: 17 Sep 2012


 (Irish Platform for Patients’ Organisation, Science and industry) invites members and the media to the launch of a new information campaign by Aine Lawlor, Journalist and Broadcaster accompanied by Enda Connolly, CEO of the Health Research Board at 2.00pm on 17th of September, 2012 in the Oak Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. It is aimed at people who have been asked to participate in a clinical trial.

The information campaign will include a new leaflet and dedicated website; two sources of information which will provide patients with independent answers to many of the questions which they may have. From the research which IPPOSI & Drury have undertaken, we know that providing information increases the positive attitude which people have about participating in a clinical trial. Increasing the willingness of people to participate in such research will inevitably increase Ireland’s capacity to conduct high-quality population health sciences research and thus help to develop new treatments and therapies for patients

For security reasons members are asked to register for this event in advance by email to Karen at kmunnelly@ipposi.ie

IPPOSI Members should note that the launch will be immediately followed by the Annual General Meeting.

See Agenda

About the Speakers:

Aine Lawlor, Journalist and Broadcaster
One of Ireland’s most respected broadcasters, Aine Lawlor has co-hosted RTE’s flagship radio programme, Morning Ireland for over 16 years. Throughout that time her familiar voice has informed us of the latest national and international news stories. Along the way she has worked on a number other RTE radio shows and a variety of television programmes, including The Nature of Things, Today Tonight and States of Fear. As a presenter on RTE Television’s One to One, she has conducted many memorable interviews including those with Sean Fitzpatrick, then Chairman of Anglo Irish Bank and TD Tony Gregory shortly before his death.

On the 14th of October 2011 she told Morning Ireland listeners "That’s all from me for a while as I'm taking a break for medical treatment. Thanks to all of you who have listened over the past 16 years," Aine had been diagnosed with breast cancer and faced a seven month treatment plan involving chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiotherapy and breast reconstruction. Part of that plan included her participation in a clinical trial at St Vincent’s University Hospital. As one of about 40 women she signed up to the trial because she believed that it would lead to better treatment. The clinical trial at St Vincent’s Hospital is being conducted by the All-Ireland Cooperative Oncology Research Group (ICORG) which is involved in dozens of trials for new cancer treatments. On the 6th of July 2012 Aine surprised and delighted listeners by returning early to her regular morning radio slot, since then she has spoken candidly about her treatment and positively about her experience of taking part in a trial.

Enda Connolly Chief Executive, Health Research Board
Enda Connolly was appointed as Chief Executive of the Health Research Board in June 2008. Since then, his main focus has been to strategically position the organisation to deliver a step change in health research. His aim is to increase research capacity in the health services and create an environment that can absorb new innovations, deliver better service and improve patient care. In doing so, he believes we can create the perfect platform to attract healthcare industry to Ireland and, in turn, help develop the economy. Prior to this, Enda spent more than 30 years in IDA Ireland, where he played a pivotal role in leading change, developing strategy, building stakeholder confidence and securing significant foreign direct investment. He was instrumental in developing the agency’s R & D Strategy following his return in 2001 from a very successful five-year assignment as Head of IDA’s marketing operations in North America.


Last Updated: 14 Sep 2012