NUI Galway’s Eoin Murphy was crowned the 2018 Researchfest champion for his amazing presentation on how he is using CRISPR to eradicate Huntington’s disease.

Now in its third year, Researchfest is Inspirefest’s research pitch competition, and it sees some of Ireland’s best science communicators talk their way to victory on stage in front of a live audience.

With plenty of competition, the esteemed judges of the panel had to choose out of eight talented researchers who could best sum up their work in an eloquent and impactful way in just three minutes.

Finally, after much thought, the winner of this year’s competition was named as Eoin Murphy, a full-time PhD science student at the Centre for Chromosome Biology at NUI Galway, for his pitch on how the gene-editing tool CRISPR can be used to delete the gene for Huntington’s disease.


Words by Colm Gorey