Irish Lung Fibrosis Association wins Irish Healthcare Award
The Irish Lung Fibrosis Association (ILFA) was thrilled to win the Irish Healthcare Award 2023 for Patient Organisation Group of the Year for their project entitled “Dancing for health and wellbeing: A feasibility study to examine the health impacts of dancing for lung fibrosis patients.” Dr Vikram Niranjan, project lead, accepted the award on behalf of the team and was joined by Matt Cullen (lung fibrosis patient, dance class participant and co-author on the research papers), Gemma O’Dowd and Nicola Cassidy from ILFA.
The project aimed to evaluate the feasibility and physical and mental health benefits of a structured online dancing programme for patients living with lung fibrosis. ILFA is grateful to all the team involved with this project – Dr Vikram Niranjan (project lead); Tracey Barnes (choreographer); research team members Giampiero Tarantino, Jaspal Kumar, Dr Raymond O’Connor, and Dr Andrew O’Regan; ILFA’s patient collaborators Finola O’Neill and Matt Cullen, and the ILFA team – Liam Galvin, Gemma O’Dowd and Nicola Cassidy – who helped develop the project. This hugely valuable, successful and fun initiative was funded with a grant from the Irish Research Council. Sincere thanks to all the patients who participated and provided valuable feedback for the study. The 2023 Irish Healthcare Award is a fantastic honour and a much appreciated and fitting tribute to celebrate this important patient-centred research collaboration!