Debbie O’Reilly of DCU was named as this year’s winner of Researchfest for her efforts to to find possible cancer cures using common drugs.

Now in its fourth year, the Researchfest pitch competition at Inspirefest asks PhD researchers from Ireland and abroad to sum up their work in just three minutes and hopefully talk their way to the grand prize.

With eight finalists taking to the Researchfest 2019 stage, the judges revealed this year’s winner to be Debbie O’Reilly of Dublin City University (DCU). Her work involves the search for potential cures for prostate cancer that could be found in medicine cabinets in our own homes.

Speaking after her win to, O’Reilly said: “I can’t believe it because there were so many good speakers. Also, there were three speakers from DCU, so it was great to see it so well represented.”


Words by Colm Gorey