POI team members take home awards at IACR Conference 2022 in Cork


The 58th Irish Association for Cancer Research was held at the Radisson Hotel in Little Island in Cork, from Wednesday 30th March to Friday 1st April 2022, back in person after moving online in 2021 due to the pandemic.

The three day event showcased the exceptional cancer research being undertaken in basic, translational and allied healthcare cancer research across the island of Ireland.

The conference opened on Wednesday with the IACR Early Career Researcher Symposium, which included sessions focused on different career options in academia and industry, and highlighted the importance of role models and mentorship for a successful research career. The day concluded with a memorable public event in honour of the late Professor Patrick Johnston, where early stage researchers gave an overview of their work in lay format, prepared together with a cancer patient advocate.

Poster sessions over the three days demonstrated some of the excellent research taking place across the country, with PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and team leaders being awarded for their efforts.

Successful from the POI team were Dr. Luis Iglesias-Martinez, awarded a poster prize for his work on “Deriving personalised signaling pathways with deep learning and multi-omics data”, and Kathleen Mitchelson, awarded a prize for her poster “Saturated fat increases inflammation and disease progression through dysregulation of cellular and lipid metabolism in obesity-linked oesophageal and colorectal cancer”.


POI postdoctoral researcher Dr. Luis Iglesias Martinez presenting his prize-winning poster at the IACR Annual conference in Cork in March 2022.


POI PhD student Kathleen Mitchelson with her prize-winning poster at the IACR Annual Conference in Cork in March 2022


The conference ran until Friday 1st April, when the IACR Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Medicine and Research was awarded to Prof. John Reynolds from TCD.