HRB NEPTuNE scholars, Chelo del Rosario, Megan Dibble, Tim Hurley and Andreea Pavel met in The Lloyd Institute, Trinity College Dublin to participate in a second set of Study Day workshops which is part of the NEPTuNE Collaborative Doctoral Award Training Programme.
Through our Study Days, the programme’s framework continues to organise relevant workshops to the HRB NEPTuNE scholars with the view to providing them with an introduction and understanding of each other’s disciplines, as well as providing them with training a range of transferable skills.
Dr Mary Codd, Chair and Director of CSTAR, opened the session with a workshop on ‘Databases and Statistics’. CSTAR provides health researchers in Ireland with information on methodological developments and best practice in health-related research methods. Scholars had completed a template in advance of this workshop which enabled Dr Codd to provide them with relevant feedback to their research question and methods.
After lunch, Professor Arun Bokde from Trinity College Dublin and lead PI on the HRB NEPTuNE’s NEON project, took the students through an introduction to Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. His workshop included in insight into Diffusion Tensor Imaging, MRI and fMRI, MRI Physics, and Neurodevelopment.
The team also very fortunate to have in attendance our PPI representative, Paul Ryan. At this early stage of the project scholars are just beginning to engage with PPI and were eager to share their expectations of PPI involvement with Paul. Paul gave valuable insight to our scholars on a parent’s perspective of the NICU and advocating for a patient undergoing neonatal treatment and procedures.
Scholar, Fiona Quirke, unfortunately did not make this Study Day as she was committed to attending a project related conference in the Netherlands. Presentations from the event have been made available to her and the rest of the team through our Moodle project portal.