Congratulations to the finalists in the Ones2Watch competition.

Nicole Campbell

Presentation Title: How to use curry and rosemary to treat inflammation.
Nicole Campbell is currently a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Dr. Aisling Dunne. Her research interest is translational immunology, and she is currently investigating safer drugs to activate the heme-oxygenase system as a therapeutic intervention for inflammation and autoimmunity. In 2012 Nicole was awarded a Foundation Scholarship by Trinity College Dublin, and in 2013 she completed research in cancer immunology at the Karolinska Institutet as an Amgen Scholar. She graduated with First Class Honours & a Gold Medal in Human Health and Disease (B.Sc) from Trinity College Dublin in 2014.

Deirdre Daly

Deirdre is a Research Fellow, a Principal Investigator (PI) on the MAMMI study ( and an Assistant Professor in Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. She started the MAMMI study as a PhD student in 2011, under the supervision of Professors Cecily Begley and Mike Clarke, after being awarded a 3-year Health Research Board (HRB) Healthcare Professional Fellowship (2011-2014). Alongside her various roles, Deirdre is a member of the National severe maternal morbidity group, the maternal death in Ireland group, and one of Ireland’s management committee members on the COST IS1405 action BIRTH Building Intrapartum Research Through Health (2014-2018) ( Her research is focused on the MAMMI study and related studies, and establishing an alongside public involvement in research initiative.

Deirdre Daly1, Francesca Wuytack1, Pat Moran1, Cecily Begley1
1 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin D02 T283.
The presenters: Deirdre Daly & Saidhbhe O Rourke (MAMMI study participant).

Presentation Title: Women’s physical and mental wellbeing in the first postpartum year; why the MAMMI study matters

Margaret Dunne

Margaret Dunne is a Senior Research Fellow and Principal Investigator based at the Department of Surgery, Trinity College. Her research interests involve examining immune cell changes in human health and disease, and investigating novel ways in which immune markers can be used to predict patient clinical outcomes such as survival and treatment response. Margaret has previously published work on the novel contributions of immune cells in coeliac disease and colorectal cancer. Her current work involves evaluating the prognostic potential of several immune markers in oesophageal cancer, an aggressive malignancy with high mortality. The incidence of oesophageal cancer is predicted to double in Ireland within the next 20 years, meaning that new and improved treatment strategies are urgently needed. Understanding the immune landscape in tumours has important implications, not only for predicting patient outcomes, but also for development of novel immune-based therapies.
Presentation Title: The immune system in cancer – new pieces of the puzzle

Fergal O’Shaughnessy

Fergal O’Shaughnessy is a PhD student in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin and HRB SPHeRE programme in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Fergal is undertaking research on the prevention of pregnancy-associated blood clots under the supervision of Prof. Brian Cleary (Rotunda Hospital/RCSI), Dr. Fionnuala Ní Áinle (Rotunda Hospital/MMUH/UCD) and Prof. Kathleen Bennett (RCSI). Fergal’s research aims to provide objective evidence to improve the prevention of pregnancy-associated blood clots and protect the health and lives of women and their infants.

Presentation Title: Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mother

Competition: Your research-so what?


As part of the HRB Ones2Watch event on 26 October 2017, in the Radisson SAS Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin, we are running a competition. 

We want you to convince the audience that your work makes you the ‘One to watch’.

What makes this competition different is that your talk is not your ‘conventional’ presentation where you talk about what you have done or what you have discovered.  We want you to focus on things like;

  • Why it is important?
  • Why should the audience care?
  • And what could, or should, change as a result of your work?

For instance, what will it mean for people, for patients, for health policy, or for health services?

You will have 5 minutes to make your case. PowerPoint is not allowed.  We want you to be inventive and creative with the story that you weave.  We want you to convince the audience through your description, your language, your examples, your use of hand-held props, your actions, your body language and your performance / presence on stage. PowerPoint, video or sound files cannot be used.

How to enter

In order to enter you must be a Research Assistant, Postgraduate Student or Post-Doctoral researcher funded through a HRB award that is active in 2017.
Please ensure that the relevant HRB Award Details are included in the ‘Applicant Details’ section of your application.

Submit an outline of your presentation through the HRB online grant management system GEMS. The link to GEMS can be found here. Your outline should identify three items:

  • The title of your presentation.
  • The subject matter that you will be talking about, a short explanation of why it is important. and its potential significance/ impact for health. (400 words maximum)
  • An outline of any particular approach(es) or techniques that you plan to use for your presentation. For example, this might be the use of a prop(s), audience participation, or outline a particular line of reasoning that you plan to employ. This outline is just a few words that will describe the thrust of how you will go about convincing the audience.(300 words maximum)

 The applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1.  The subject matter and its potential significance / impact for health (60%)
  2. The most interesting suggested approaches to your pitch (40%)

Four people will be selected from the applications to fill the four slots at the conference.  The audience will vote on their ‘favourite’ from the four pitches. The audience will simply be asked to judge on the basis of who convinced them most that their research was of value. 

It is your job to convince them that your research is the one to vote for. You will not have PowerPoint, but you can use props or any other innovative approach that you choose.

  • Opening date to submit applications: 13 July 2017
  • Closing date to submit applications: 12 noon 31 August 2017
  • Notification to the four finalists: 29 September 2017
  • Competition date: 26 October 2017, Radisson SAS Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin.


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