Leitrim local awarded Medal of Excellence

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Professor Jane Grimson presents Aisling Heeran with her award. Also pictured is Professor Jane Ohlmeyer.

Professor Jane Grimson presents Aisling Heeran with her award. Also pictured is Professor Jane Ohlmeyer.

Ms Aisling Heeran, Trinity College Dublin, a native of Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, has been awarded the ‘Jane Grimson Medal of Excellence’ from the Irish Research Council.

Four early-career researchers were awarded ‘Medals of Excellence’ and were presented as the Council marks 15 years of the Irish Research Council and its forebears, the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.

The 'Medals of Excellence' have been named after previous Chairs of the Irish Research Council and recognise excellence in the 2017 postgraduate and postdoctoral funding calls run by the Council in both science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) fields and the arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS).

Chair of the Irish Research Council, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, congratulated the awardee: “I am delighted to congratulate Ms Aisling Heeran on receiving her Medal of Excellence.

“Ms Heeran received the award for being the top-ranked postgraduate researcher in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics category, with her research in investigating the clinical relevance of the radiation-induced bystander effect in rectal cancer patients.

“This year is a milestone year for the Irish Research Council and its forebears as we are celebrating 15 years of funding excellent research across all disciplines.

“Over the past 15 years, the Council have awarded 7,776 researchers across all disciplines of research. Having a vibrant research community – and strong public support for research – is now more important than ever before.

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend all of the previous Council Chairs, members, Directors and staff of the Irish Research Council and its forbears and would like to wholeheartedly acknowledge their respective contributions to the work of the Council.”