UL cancer research receives funding

Owen Hickey

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Owen Hickey

UL based Irish Cancer Society Research Scholar Maeve Kiely received a funding boost last week, when she was awarded with a grant towards her research.

UL based Irish Cancer Society Research Scholar Maeve Kiely received a funding boost last week, when she was awarded with a grant towards her research.

Ms Kiely was awarded the grant at the annual Irish Cancer Society Research Awards, where over €3m of investment for cancer research was announced.

The scholar’s research examines what happens when communication within normal cells goes wrong, leading to breast cancer.

Ms Kiely expressed her happiness at the funding upon receiving the award.

“I am delighted to receive this grant from the Irish Cancer Society for my research, and hope that this work can go towards helping those affected by cancer in the future.”

A total of eight Irish Cancer Society Research Scholars were announced at the ceremony that will ensure new research projects will begin for breast, colorectal, ovarian, leukaemia, oesophageal, lung, prostate and metastatic cancers.

Over the past 30 years, cancer research funded by the Irish Cancer Society has led to major advances in cancer research and more than 650 important research findings have been discovered.

Cancer is a major cause of death and disease in Ireland. Each year there are over 30,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed as well as over 8,700 deaths.

Professor John Fitzpatrick, Head of Research of the Irish Cancer Society believes the new funding will ensure that progress continues to be made on the research front.

“We are so proud to be announcing our next round of cancer researchers who we will now be supporting.

“The standard of research proposals was exceptionally high and after a rigorous review process conducted by our international expert panel, we are confident that the research that we are funding will contribute towards making significant advances in cancer research at national and international level,” he said.

To find out more about the Irish Cancer Society research programme, visit www.cancer.ie