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SSPC announces award series winners
September 9, 2020

Today (9 September), SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre for pharmaceuticals, hosted their annual summit and their first award series online.  

The awards recognize and celebrate excellent achievements within the Centre. The winners were selected on the basis of a competitive application process, honouring members working within SSPC’s academic partner institutes nationally and sponsored by industry partners.

“The emphasis on engaging with all SSPC researchers and acknowledging their efforts, fosters an even greater support network, today, we are very proud of all the winners, whose outputs were exemplary,” SSPC co-director, Prof. Gavin Walker.

“Bringing the SSPC community together today was very important and to recognize the hard work of everybody in the Centre, especially at this time, all applicants exhibited very high quality outputs and all awards were very well deserved,” Dr Margaret Lawlor, Executive Director.

SSPC Director’s Choice

SSPC presented researcher of the year, to, Prof. Anne Marie Healy of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Co-Principal Investigator in SSPC’s Medicines theme. This award recognises the accomplishments Anne Marie has contributed to the Centre and regular contributions to industry and funding awards.

SSPC resarch article of the year was presented to Prof. Anita Maguire, Vice President for Research & Innovation, University College Cork (UCC) and Co-Principal Investigator in SSPC’s Molecule theme. This award recognizes the accomplishments Prof. Maguire has contributed to the Centre with this exceptional scientific output: Desymmetrization by Asymmetric Copper-Catalyzed Intramolecular C–H Insertion Reactions of α-Diazo-β-oxosulfones. The publication is part of an ongoing programme of research by Prof. Maguire’s team in the area of synthetic organic chemistry.

SSPC winners

Dr Francesco Civati of NUI Galway is SSPC Graduate of the Year, sponsored by Eli Lilly, for being an exceptional SSPC PhD graduate based on his PhD achievements and outputs. Francesco was supervised by Dr Andrea Erxleben and his PhD was based on Control of polymorphism, crystal size and habit in pharmaceuticals.

The award for SSPC Industrial PhD Placement, sponsored by MSD, was presented to PhD student, Barry Long, Bernal Institute, University of Limerick.

SSPC Industry Impact of the Year, sponsored by BPCI, was awarded to Dr Ahmad Ziaee, Bernal Institute, University of Limerick and SSPC Academic Collaboration of the Year, sponsored by IRDG, was presented to Ana Luiza Pinto Queiroz, University College Cork.

An award for Education & Public Engagement (EPE) Champion of the Year was awarded to Dr Shubhangi Kakkar, Bernal Institute, University of Limerick.

Full stories at news www.sspc.ie.

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