POI attend Irish Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting

Following our POI team meeting on the 25th February, many of the team remained in Galway for the Irish Association of Cancer Research (IACR) Annual Meeting, which has become a highlight in the calendars of cancer researchers around Ireland and Irish researchers further afield.

This year, the conference ran parallel sessions tailored for biomedical researchers and nursing and allied health professionals, to build bridges between these research communities and encourage more interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

The first day kicked off with the IACR/EACR Early Career Researcher Symposium and Workshop, which aimed to support early-career researchers in areas such as career planning, grant-writing, mobility, communication, and embedding public and patient involvement in their research. The POI team manned an information stand during this session, to engage particularly with early-stage researchers and inform them about POI research and career opportunities.

The subsequent days were packed full of fantastic speakers from Ireland and worldwide, interspersed with networking sessions for old friends and colleagues to catch up. One of the highlights was the presentation of the IACR Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Medicine and Research, which was presented to Prof. Joe Duffy, a stalwart of the cancer research scene in Ireland over the past 40 years.