Director of INFANT, the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research, Professor Louise Kenny, was this week named as the Guaranteed Irish Science Hero for 2017. The Cork-based scientist was selected for the award following a public nomination process and received the award at the INFANT Research Centre, a world-leading Science Foundation Ireland research centre in University College Cork and Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork City.
Throughout 2017, Guaranteed Irish will champion six exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to creating a better Ireland through: jobs, community and provenance. Professor Kenny is the third of six Guaranteed Irish Heroes to be awarded, with artist Maser and Women’s Rugby Captain, Niamh Briggs, named as Guaranteed Irish Heroes for art and sport respectively. The remaining three Heroes will be awarded across music, technology and food later this year.
Speaking today, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, Brid O’Connell said: “Professor Kenny is a true ambassador for Ireland so it is with great pleasure that we name her as the very first Guaranteed Irish Science Hero today. Whilst we received hundreds of very strong nominations from the public, Professor Kenny had by far the strongest support and was the clear winner of the Guaranteed Irish Science Hero award for 2017.
“Professor Kenny’s research group has pioneered the use of metabolomic technology, helping to reduce infant and mother fatalities. It is because of this commitment to pregnancy research and in developing innovative technologies to improve the treatment and care available to mothers and babies that she has been awarded this accolade. I would like to wish Professor Kenny and all her team at INFANT the very best for their continued research in this area!”
On receiving the Guaranteed Irish Hero Award for Science, Director of INFANT research center, Professor Louise Kenny, today said:
“I am thrilled and honoured to be the named as the Guaranteed Irish Science Hero for 2017. As perinatal and neonatal research continues to grow in Ireland, it is terrific that it is being recognised in this way.
“I am passionate about the importance of our work in INFANT, but our efforts are reflective of a wonderful team and I’d like to accept this award on behalf of them. Everyone in my team is also a hero in my eyes”, continued Professor Kenny.
The next Guaranteed Irish Hero will be announced in September for their contributions to music. Launching the call for the Guaranteed Irish Music Hero, Brid O’Connell said: “This award is a great opportunity to commend someone who you consider to be a Guaranteed Irish Music Hero. Ireland has a rich musical history and heritage, and we believe it is time to champion Irish contributions to music. What better way to do that than to nominate a Guaranteed Irish Music Hero?
“We’re calling on businesses and individuals to get involved and put forward names of anyone who has demonstrated a real commitment to creating a better Ireland with music through: jobs, community and provenance. As the music festival season is now in full swing, if you know someone who fits that bill, then we want to hear from you.” concluded Brid O’Connell.
The remaining Guaranteed Irish Heroes will be awarded throughout 2017, following a public nominations process. An outside panel of experts in each field review a shortlist and decide the Guaranteed Irish Hero for that category.