Oisin Gough received a Gaelic Players Association (GPA) postgraduate scholarship in 2014 and has now been invited to become an ICON-GPA Life Sciences Ambassador under a new initiative between the clinical research organisation and the player representative body.
A student of UCD since 2007 Oisin graduated with a BSc. Pharmacology in 2011. He then began his doctoral studies through the MMI Clinical and Translational Research Scholarship Programme (CTRSP) . Oisin works with Prof Catherine Godson in the Conway Institute UCD on a project focused on the genetic susceptibility of some diabetes patients to diabetic nephropathy; a progressive kidney disease involving the blood vessels within the organ.
He represented UCD at both Freshers and Fitzgibbon Cup level in hurling reaching a Freshers All Ireland final in 2007/08 and a Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final in 2013. He has represented Dublin in hurling at every level from U-14 up to senior inter-county level and been part of three Leinster Championship winning Dublin hurling teams in 2007 (minor) 2010 (U-21) and 2013 (senior).
Since 2012 the partnership between ICON plc a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical biotechnology and medical device industries and the Gaelic Players Association has provided funding for inter-county players engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate life sciences courses.
The new ICON-GPA Life Sciences Ambassador initiative provides enhanced scholarship opportunities while also providing access to the ICON senior executives so as to provide insight into how leadership works in such an organisation.