Research Nurse based at Cancer Centre awarded Flame of Hope award


Ruth Boyd – Cancer Research UKs (CRUK) Senior Research Nurse based at the Cancer Centre, recently received a “Research Engagement – Flame of Hope” award to recognise her dedication and passion for raising awareness of cancer research in Northern Ireland. 


The Belfast CRUK Centre is a collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast, the Belfast HSC Trust and the Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland.


This Award is given to an outstanding ambassador for Cancer Research UK (CRUK); someone who has shown exceptional commitment to raising awareness of our pioneering research and who has been an inspiring spokesperson for the work that we do.

(Picture: Ruth visiting staff at the CRUK shop in Botanic Avenue, Belfast)


Raising the profile of Cancer Research

Ruth received this award because of the time, energy and enthusiasm she puts into attending public events within the Belfast CRUK Centre and out in the community to raise the profile of the Centre. She is a familiar and friendly face amongst CRUK supporters and can always be relied on to give inspiring talks about the research taking place in Belfast and at the Cancer Units across the region.

The Award also recognises the amazing work Ruth has done in setting up the Northern Ireland Cancer Research Consumer Forum – a panel of people affected by cancer who help shape the cancer research taking place in Northern Ireland. Ruth has set up a fabulous training programme for Forum members to ensure they are able to successfully champion the voice of cancer patients in the development of research proposals and trial protocols.

Ruth’s dedication to her work is summed up by Queen’s University’s Professor David Waugh, Director of the Belfast CRUK Centre, who said: "Her compassion for patients and her dedication to ensuring the patient voice is always heard and represented when we set our research agenda, is true testimony to her dedication and leadership."

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