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Strabane student scoops prestigious scientist award

A STRABANE student has scooped a prestigious award at the recent BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
 
Oran Timoney from Holy Cross College won the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)  Award for the ‘Project with the Best Impact on Human Health’ at a recent exhibition in the RDS in Dublin. His winning project was entitled ‘Categorising CVD patient risk using machine learning tools.’
 
Mary Cannon, professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health presented the RCSI Special Award to Oran. 
Speaking after the awards ceremony Prof Cannon said, “RCSI is delighted to be associated with the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, in particular the event’s role in fostering an interest in human health. 
 
“Oran is a very impressive young individual and his project was very informative and grounded in excellent science. It was well thought out and involved sophisticated application of machine learning tools to 
gain insights into cardiovascular disease risk which is a public health issue with global relevance. 
 
“We look forward to hearing more about his work when he visits RCSI to present at our Research Day in March.”
 
Oran explained that his work came about after he was accepted for a placement in the Centre for Stratified Medicine at Altnagelvin Hospital. 
 
“It was a six week placement, so I was thrown into the middle of it,” Oran said.  “I basically learned along the way.”
 
He added, “Thank you to everyone who’s been with me through this journey… it’s been a great time to work with everyone.”
 
Congratulating Oran on his achievement, principal at Holy Cross College, Claire Bradley said, “We were absolutely delighted with this achievement. Oran is an exemplary student with a very enquiring mind.
 
“To undertake such an emphatic and independent study is extremely credible and we are extremely supportive and proud of Oran.”
 
The 55th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition saw 1,137 students exhibit 550 projects across four categories: Biological and Ecological Sciences; Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Social and Behavioural Sciences; and Technology.
 
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