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HSE Open Access Research Awards 2022
The annual HSE Open Access Awards were announced on 5th December 2022. This year the winners were in the following categories:
Acute Care & Hospitals
Response to treatment and outcomes of infantile spasms in Down syndrome.
Susan Harvey and colleagues
Community & Social Care
The duration of infectiousness of individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Kieran Walsh and colleagues
Mental Health & Disabilities
Brief psychological interventions in face-to-face and telehealth formats: a comparison of outcomes in a naturalistic setting
Padraig Collins and colleagues
Testing the performance of risk prediction models to determine progression to referable diabetic retinopathy in an Irish type 2 diabetes cohort
John Smith and colleagues
Climate or Environmental Health
How to Irish Hospitals manage the core components of critical infrastructure resilience, and how can this be developed further to mitigate the impact of extreme weather events?
Special Innovation Award Winner
Flood hydrometeorology and gastroenteric infection: The Winter 2015-2016 flood event in the Republic of Ireland
Martin Boudou and colleagues
An Evaluation of the Impact of a Multicomponent Stop Smoking Intervention in an Irish Prison
Andrea Bowe and colleagues
Congratulations to all our winners, and to all who entered their research for the Awards. And a sincere thanks to our judges, who generously lent us their expertise.
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Scorpion Species with Smaller Body Sizes and Narrower Chelae Have the Highest Venom Potency.Scorpionism is a global health concern, with an estimation of over one million annual envenomation cases. Despite this, little is known regarding the drivers of scorpion venom potency. One widely held view is that smaller scorpions with less-developed chelae possess the most potent venoms. While this perception is often used as a guide for medical intervention, it has yet to be tested in a formal comparative framework. Here, we use a phylogenetic comparative analysis of 36 scorpion species to test whether scorpion venom potency, as measured using LD50, is related to scorpion body size and morphology. We found a positive relationship between LD50 and scorpion total length, supporting the perception that smaller scorpions possess more potent venoms. We also found that, independent of body size, scorpion species with long narrow chelae have higher venom potencies compared to species with more robust chelae. These results not only support the general perception of scorpion morphology and potency, but also the presence of an ecology trade-off with scorpions either selected for well-developed chelae or more potent venoms. Testing the patterns of venom variations in scorpions aids both our ecological understanding and our ability to address the global health burden of scorpionism.