Led in part from UCD, AICRI is a collaborative project involving ten academic institutions across the island of Ireland, cancer charities and a number of cancer patients. These partners have come together to coordinate collaboration and knowledge-sharing activities to deliver a better understanding of cancer, develop more personalised treatment options, and ease suffering and save lives across the island of Ireland.
Patients and their lived experience of cancer are at the core of this all-island project: AICRI’s guiding ethos is ‘With the patient; around the patient; for the patient’.
This recent grant from HSF will support the development of the AICRI-Public and Patient Involvement (AICRI-PPI) Framework – an important initiative designed to enhance patient interaction with cancer research. The framework will ensure patient voices are heard. It will also create a supportive and safe environment for patients throughout their treatment.
The AICRI team hopes to deliver a series of events in early 2024 to inform the AICRI-PPI Framework. These events will be held in strategic locations to ensure a truly ‘all-island’ engagement. They will create opportunities for cancer patients, their families and carers to partake in discussions and decision-making processes to positively impact on cancer research and outcomes for patients.
Patient involvement activities will be delivered in partnership with the Patient Voice in Cancer Research (PVCR) initiative, which informed the work conducted by AICRI-PPI.
Cathal Nolan from HSF formally presented Professor William Gallagher (Full Professor of Cancer Biology in UCD and co-lead of AICRI) with the funding from HSF in Dundrum Town Centre during Science Week 2023.
If you are interested in learning more about the work of AICRI and its role in amplifying the patient voice within cancer research, please do not hesitate to contact UCD Foundation.
Donations to the All-Island Cancer Research Institute can be made here.