safefood young scientist serves up safe food for thought

17 January 2006. Dearbhail O’Crowley, Greystones, Co Wicklow and a student of St Gerard’s School, Bray, proved that Friday the 13th can be lucky for some when she won the coveted safefood award at the Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS, Dublin, on Friday, 13th January 2006.

Dearbhail’s project, The Osteoporosis Time Bomb, examined whether girls between 8-18 are more at risk from developing osteoporosis than the older generation. The project concluded that due to the lack of awareness of osteoporosis and the preventative measures which can be taken to avert the onset of the disease, over 59% of the 8-18 year olds surveyed will develop the condition.

Speaking at the award presentation Suzanne Doran, Marketing and Communications Director, safefood, commented, “Nurturing an interest in science among young adults on the Island of Ireland is vital for our continued success in this area both at home and on the international stage. safefood recognise this need and hope that through this award, young adults opt for a career in the sciences.”

Suzanne continued, “The safefood category saw an amazing response, with a diverse range of entries. Dearbhail’s project was a fascinating piece of research and one which was well deserving of the award. As well as exercise, the risk of developing osteoporosis can be reduced through a nutritionally rich diet. We wish Dearbhail every success in what is set to be a very successful future.”

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