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2019 Patient Education Programme kicks off

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The 2019 IPPOSI Patient Education Programme in Health Innovation kicked off on Monday, January 18th with a day-long event that introduced the 25 students to the programme and marked the beginning of Module One: Understanding Clinical Trials, led by the UCD Clinical Research Centre.

Patient participants will take part in a 10-month-long education programme, consisting of three modules in Health Innovation.  The programme consists of face-to-face workshops as well as an elearning website –

Dr. Deborah Wallace, UCD Clinical Research Centre, introduces the 2019 students to Module 1 – Understanding Clinical Trials

2019 Students: 

  • Peter Boyd, Dublin
  • Sorcha Boyle, Louth
  • Melody Buckley, Limerick
  • Yvonne Cahalane, Cork
  • Claire Cahill, Kilkenny
  • Siobhan Carroll, Galway
  • Laura Cooke, Laois
  • Ann Cullen, Dublin
  • Siobhan Freeney, Wexford
  • Bernadette Gilroy, Kerry
  • Moira Handbidge, Dublin
  • Aisling Harmon, Wicklow
  • Henrietta Kearney, Limerick
  • Kerry Lawless, Dublin
  • Brian Lynch, Dublin
  • Rebecca Maguire, Kildare
  • Mark Moran, Mayo
  • Rhona Nally, Dublin
  • Alma O’Reilly, Dublin
  • Mary Roche, Galway
  • Karen Rotherham-Egan, Carlow
  • Nuala Ryan, Dublin
  • Jan Rynne, Dublin
  • Ann Twomey, Cork
  • Karen Willetts, Dublin

The 2019 students will benefit from peer-mentorship from previous IPPOSI education programme graduates as well as a number of Irish EUPATI fellows. The 2019 peer mentors are listed below:

Dr. Sarah McLoughlin, IPPOSI Graduate

Olivia Shiel, EUPATI Fellow

Joan Jordan, EUPATI Fellow

The 2019 IPPOSI Patient Education Programme is supported by a combination of the Health Research Board (Grant Number: KEDS-2018-020), unrestricted grants from IPPOSI Industry members (Abbvie, Janssen, Pfizer) as well as in-kind resources from IPPOSI and the 2019 Programme Education Partners:

  • University College Dublin Clinical Research Centre (UCD CRC)
  • The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)
  • The Discipline of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), in association with the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) and the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA)
Learn more about the Education Programme
25 September 2020

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