TCD Researcher Wins HEA 'Making an Impact' Award

12 May 2011

Trinity College researcher in the School of Chemistry, Daniel O'Donovan, beat off competition from five other researchers to win one of two Higher Education Authority's Making An Impact awards.  Daniel's research focuses on the development of a new generation of anti-depressant drugs which will be more effective and have fewer side-effects.  The competition, which is open to research students of any discipline, aims to highlight good ideas that can positively change how we live, work, think or interact.

Speaking about Daniel's achievement Head of TCD's School of Chemistry, Professor David Grayson said: "We at the School of Chemistry are delighted to congratulate Daniel on his success in winning a major prize in the HEA Making an Impact competition.  Daniel, who is part of Professor Isabel Rozas's group, is carrying out IRCSET-funded research on molecules that may be novel antidepressants.  Eight new IRCSET awards have been made to the School in 2011, and SFI Principal Investigator grants totalling €2.7 million have been obtained by four members of the School's academic staff, reflecting the very high quality of the research that is being carried out here."

John Hennessy (HEA), Dermot Donnelly, Kevin Myers (MC at the final), Daniel O'Donovan, and Geoff Lyons (Irish Independent).

Each of the five finalists presented their research at a special event held at DIT Kevin Street.  Daniel was chosen along with Dermot Donnelly of the University of Limerick as the overall winners of the competition.  Both of the winners received an award of €2,500 sponsored by the Irish Independent, to assist further in their research.

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