Competition Winners

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Clinical Trial MatterTo mark International Clinical Trials Day on May 20th 2015, we held national writing competition in association with ‘The Irish Times’. It was open to patients, clinicians, researchers, academics and people working in industry with the aim of conveying to a general audience the importance and value of conducting clinical trial research. We were delighted to receive entries from a variety of different perspectives including; academic researchers, patients, clinicians and industry representatives.

The winning entry was written by Mr Frank Moriarty, a pharmacist and PhD scholar who highlighted the importance of universal reporting of all clinical trials and the need for transparency.

Second prize went to Ms Kate Burns whose husband, Paul, passed away from Cancer just 5 months ago and who took part in a clinical trial.

Third prize went to Dr Carol Sinnott, a GP from Cork who shares the advantages of being involved in a clinical trial for one of her patients.

One of the five judges, Dr Teresa Maguire Head of the Population Health & Health Services Research unit of the Health Research Board, commended the variation and combination of insight that resonated from the three prizewinning entries.

1st Place - Mr Frank Moriarty
1st Place - Mr Frank Moriarty
Frank Moriarty is a pharmacist undertaking a PhD through the HRB PhD Scholars Programme in Health Services Research (now the SPHeRE programme). He is based at the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and is researching potentially inappropriate prescribing and its clinical and economic impact.
2nd Place - Ms Kate Burns
2nd Place - Ms Kate Burns
Kate Burns from Belfast, describes her husband Paul's battle with cancer and participation in a clinical trial. Kate explores the value and importance of developing and testing new medicines for both patients and their families.
3rd Place - Dr Carol Sinnott
3rd Place - Dr Carol Sinnott
Dr Carol Sinnott is a GP and NSAFP Fellow in the Department of General Practice in University College Cork. Carol's research interests include qualitative analysis of multimorbidity in primary care.

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