School of Medicine Research wins two awards

On 22nd December 2021, University of Limerick School of Medicine researchers were recipients of two prizes of the six prizes in the annual Health Service Executive (HSE) Open Access  Awards ( 

In 2021, the Awards aimed to celebrate research performed and published while “Emerging from the Shadow of Covid-19”. 

Highlighting these Awards, the HSE stated that:

“This year has seen the Irish health services deal with a number of unprecedented challenges, from the massive cyber-attack in May to the rollout of the largest vaccination programme in the country’s history.

Through it all, clinicians and researchers have continued to deliver high quality healthcare – and to research new treatments, new advances in science and health, new ways of improving health outcomes.

The HSE Open Access Research Awards aims to shine a light on this activity and to thank those who have chosen to make their work available through Open Access, making their discoveries and advances freely available to all”.

Winner in the Acute Care and Hospitals category - Professor Colum Dunne (Foundation Chair of Research) for work performed with colleagues in the field of delirium. The comprehensive systematic review of biomarkers in delirium was published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research: Dunne, S.S., Coffey, J.C., Konje, S., Gasior, S., Clancy, C.C., Gulati, G., Meagher, D., Dunne, C.P. (2021) Biomarkers in delirium: A systematic review.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2021.110530

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Winner in the Special Merit category - Professor Gautam Gulati (Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor) for work performed with colleagues in the School of Medicine and School of Law related to Intellectual Disability: Gulati, G., Cusack, A., Bogue, J., O'Connor, A., Murphy, V., Whelan, D., Cullen, W., McGovern, C., Kelly, B.D., Fistein, E., Kilcommins, S., Dunne, C.P. (2021) Challenges for people with intellectual disabilities in law enforcement interactions in Ireland; thematic analysis informed by 1537 person-years’ experience. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 75. DOI:10.1016/j.ijlp.2021.101683 


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