Andrew Brennan Last Updated:Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Caitriona Long-Smith receives SFI Advance Award for female researchers in STEM


(Picture left to right) Dr Denise O’Gorman, Research & Development Manager, Marigot Ltd., Dr Yvonne Nolan, Senior Lecturer and SFI Investigator, Dept. Anatomy & Neuroscience, Dr Alice Stack, Research Projects Manager, Marigot Ltd. and Dr Caitriona Long-Smith, Dept. Anatomy & Neuroscience (front)

Under Science Foundation Ireland’s new initiative to promote female researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Dr. Caitríona Long-Smith has recently received an Advance Award.

The award will fund a two-year post-doctoral position for Caitríona under the supervision of academic mentor Dr. Yvonne Nolan (Senior Lecturer and SFI Investigator, Dept. Anatomy & Neuroscience) and industrial mentor Dr. Denise O’Gorman (Marigot Ltd., industrial partner on the project). The remit of the Advance Award programme is to provide incentive to female researchers to remain in high-quality STEM research while broadening their career prospects in STEM outside of academia via an industry partnership. It will thus provide career-development opportunities for Caitriona which span both industry and academia.

Marigot Ltd. based out of Curabinny, Cork, produce calcium and magnesium-rich multi-mineral nutraceuticals from marine sources for the supplement and food ingredient markets. Caitriona and Yvonne will be investigating the potential for these nutraceuticals to enhance neurogenesis-dependent cognition.


The Advance Award receipents wth Prof Mark Ferguson, CEO of SFI, and Chief Sceintific Advisor to the Governement,
Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD and Ann Riordan Chairman of the board of SFI.

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