The National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC), scooped 2 top awards at the Irish Healthcare Awards on November 20th at a special ceremony in Dublin. The Irish Healthcare Awards are Ireland’s leading Awards, now in their 18th year, and they recognise innovation and excellence in the Irish healthcare sector.

The work of NIPC put the west of Ireland on the map when announced as the overall winner in two different award categories. NIPC won gold for the Best Research Paper of the Year for a systematic review of low dose Aspirin in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease conducted by Prof Bill McEvoy, Research and Medical Director, NIPC. A second award was achieved by winning the Best Student Research Project of the Year for a study of severe obesity as a barrier to international travel, in a project supervised by Prof Ger Flaherty, Programme Director, MSc in Preventive Cardiology, working with the Croí CLANN programme.

Speaking about the awards, NIPC CEO Neil Johnson said, “this is great recognition for the innovative work being undertaken here in the west of Ireland. These awards are a huge endorsement of the dedication and commitment of all our health team and of all those who support us, as sponsors, volunteers and partners. We are delighted to win these prestigious national awards which presented Galway and the west of Ireland in such a positive light.”

Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity also won gold for the Best Public Health Initiative of the Year in recognition of a unique partnership with the Galway County Local Community Development Committee which delivered a ‘Healthy Islands Roadshow’ together with 24 other Health and Wellbeing events throughout county Galway.