Our Centre leaders, staff and students (both current and previous) have won a number of awards and distinctions since the Centre’s inception including:


  • European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Early Researcher Award, 2015 (Dr Kathy McLoughlin  – 1st prize; the first ever awarded to an Irish researcher)
  • Young Forum Gastein Scholarship in Health Policy, 2014 (Padraic Fleming)
  • Awarded the Journal of Aging and Society Annual International Award for Excellence, 2013 –  for new research and thinking in the field of ageing and society (Dr Andy Cochrane, Professor Sineád McGilloway, Dr Mairead Furlong and Professor Michael Donnelly)
  • Irish Health Care Person of the Year, 2013 (Dr Kathy McLoughlin)
  • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) Co-Founders’ award for ‘Collaborative Outreach in the field of Crisis Response’ – won by the (former) CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) team (2011) in recognition of their “ground breaking research and support activities in emergency  mental health” and for reaching out “to a wide range of organisations and universities in Ireland, Europe and the United States…to enhance the world’s knowledge of emergency personnel to develop effective programmes to assist frontline personnel.” (Sharon Gallagher, Dr Mairead Bracken-Scally and Professor Sinead McGilloway)
  • Associate Lectureship with the Cochrane Centre, Oxford University, 2015 (Dr Maireád Furlong).

10 prestigious doctoral Fellowships and 3 undergraduate student research awards including:

  • HRB-funded doctoral research, 2015 (Siobhán O’Connor)
  • Two HRB SPHeRE (PhD) scholarships, 2013 (Padraic Fleming) and 2014 (Siobhain O’Doherty (RIP))
  • Two Irish Research Council Postgraduate Employment-Based award, 2012 (Nuala Whelan) and 2017 (Fiona Flynn)
  • Two doctoral awards supported by funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies, 2008 (Dr Lynda Hyland) and 2009 (Dr Maireád Furlong)
  • Two IRCHSS (Government of Ireland Research Scholarship Scheme) awards, 2009 (Dr Mary Quirke and Dr Ciara Wynne)
  • Therese Brady scholarship (PhD), Irish Hospice Foundation, 2008 (Dr Amanda Roberts)
  • HRB Summer Student Scholarships 2009 (Mairead Bracken) and 2016 (Christine Mulligan)
  • The Maynooth University Summer Programme for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) awards, 2008 (Ciara Brennan)

Our Centre leaders and other staff also receive numerous national and international invitations to author/co-author book chapters, papers and editorials and to deliver keynote papers, guest lectures, seminars, workshops at national and international conferences and other public fora.