2021 - IPHA

Breakthrough Science for Better Health - Innovate For Life 2021

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a major public health threat. The virus can lead to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). Some 38 million people are living with HIV/AIDS globally. About 680,000 people die from the disease every year. Africa is the most severely hit region, with almost one in every 25 adults living with the disease. Affected people there account for more than two-thirds of global HIV cases. The most recent figures for Ireland show 523 cases in one year. Since the early 1980s, there have been over 9,300 diagnoses in Ireland. Over the past 40 years, advances in medicines, especially in antiretroviral treatments, have allowed many people living with the disease to suppress it to undetectable levels and avoid transmission. While new and more effective treatments emerge, work is under way to find a cure for the disease. There is no vaccine for HIV. Since 1985, MSD has been engaged in research and development for the prevention and treatment of HIV. Over the years, breakthroughs by the company’s scientists have changed the way HIV is treated. Better HIV/AIDS treatments, and the evolution of social equality in Ireland, are combining to improve the health prospects and the experience of people living with the disease.

Pioneering in Dermatology by Looking Beyond Today

When she was just 18, Zoe Ryan was officially diagnosed with psoriasis. Being told at such a young age that you have a chronic condition that affects your visual appearance wasn’t easy to accept. But knowing that scientists are working on new answers for skin-related conditions gives her hope. Zoe has regained her confidence. She is pursuing a promising career in broadcasting.

Advancing the Fight Against Obesity

For years, obesity held back John Kane’s life and stopped him doing the things he loves. Now, through a combination of exercise and treatments, he is fitter at 72 than he was at 50. He can enjoy life with his grandchildren. John is keen to help others transform their lives.

Moving Towards Better Heart Health

For most of his life, Noel Morgan had no idea that his family’s history of serious ill health was caused by a genetic cardiac condition. Just three years ago, his brother, Brendan, died from a heart attack at the age of 33. Now, Noel wants others to be more aware of – and care better for – their heart health.

Pushing the Boundaries of Alzheimer’s Research

Marguerite Keating worked as a carer for most of her life. So when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 55, the prospect of being cared for herself was tough to take. But Marguerite has decided that she will get the most out of life. With the help of new treatments, she is determined to keep doing the things she loves.

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