NUIG students win bursaries for heart disease study

Four NUIG students have been awarded bursaries of €1,000 each by Merck, Sharp and Dohme to assist in their studies focusing on the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The students, participating in Ireland’s first master’s in science in preventitive cardiology, are Eleanor McIntyre from Salthill, Sharon Collins from Rahoon, Edel Gallagher from Caherlistrane, and Laura Duane from Knocknacarra.

The programme is a collaboration of NUIG and Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, and is supported by MSD in Ireland, Kerry Group, and HSE West.

The programme is currently calling for applications, with interest being expressed from both students in Ireland and internationally.

Speaking at the presentation of the bursaries, Neil Johnson, CEO of Croí said: ‘‘Eighty per cent of cardiovascular disease can be prevented through the modification of risk factors, which means that if we take the right steps now, we have the ability to significantly reduce the impact of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity in Ireland. To do this, we need to nurture the next generation of medical and healthcare students and ensure they have the tools and skills available to make a real difference in the lives of patients who are at risk of cardiovascular disease which is exactly why this innovative programme was developed.’’

For further information, visit www.croí ie.

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