The Breast Centre North West at Letterkenny hospital has been honoured with an award.

The centre, in conjunction with Donegal Clinical Research Academy, received the award at the HSE Open Access Research Awards-2017.

Lenus, the Irish Health Repository, and the HSE's Open Access Advisory Group host these awards to encourage and reward open access publishing in the health sector in Ireland.

Alison Johnston, research nurse at the Breast Centre, received the award on behalf of the team from Ana Terres,  assistant national director HSE.

A spokesman said: "Open access to health information has been proven to increase citation, impact and can lead to the translation of research into better outcomes for patient care.

"The published research paper, which was winner within the National Cancer Control Programme category, is entitled Targeting Breast Cancer Outcomes - What About The Primary Relatives? 

 "This is the second year in a row that the Breast Care Unit has been the recipient of this award within the NCCP category.

"The team are delighted that their latest research, carried out locally, is being recognised on a national level.

"This research is made possible by the on-going generous donations received from local individuals, groups and businesses."

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