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HRB Ones2Watch 2021 winner

Congratulations to Jennifer Pallin, PhD scholar and researcher in the School of Public Health at University College Cork (UCC) who won the 2021 HRB Ones2Watch science communication competition.

The competition encourages early and mid-career HRB-funded researchers to share their research with public audiences, and was hosted as part of the HRB Ones2Watch biannual conference. 

Jennifer won the votes of her peers and journalist judges at the conference with a video animation that explained her research about increasing accessibility of diabetic foot screening through the introduction of an annual screening process, working with public, patient and stakeholder groups. Watch Jennifer’s video

"I'm thrilled to have won, it means so much to me and my research team who work on the project. I’m delighted that my research has had the opportunity to reach a wider audience and that the importance of regular diabetic foot screening is being recognised." 

Congratulations also goes to the other three competition finalists who were shortlisted. 

With the help of a whiteboard, Dylan Keegan, research assistant at NUI Galway, created this video to explain his research evaluating information networks for the National Ambulance Service in response to COVID-19. 

Katarzyna Gajewska, postdoctoral researcher at UCC spoke about her research examining the accessibility of diabetes technology across Ireland in this video

And Laura Kenneally, summer scholarship awardee and undergraduate student at UCC shared her findings exploring the relationship between pubertal timing and allostatic load in adolescents. Watch Laura’s video

The one-day conference is a key opportunity for researchers to hear from guest speakers and gain practical career advice. Discussion this year focused on changing research culture and featured local and international speakers offering diverse insights and perspectives. They included Professor Frank Miedema, Utrecht University Open Science Program; author and neuroscientist Professor Ian Robertson, Global Brain Health Institute; and Professor Hannah McGee, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. 

Thank you to all those who attended the conference and submitted competition entries – we look forward to Ones2Watch 2022!