Qualtrics’ 5 For The Fight Campaign Raises over €300,000 for research into immune-based cancer treatments

Posted on: 21 Feb 2019

Qualtrics’ 5 For The Fight Campaign Raises over €300,000 for research into immune-based cancer treatments

Qualtrics’ 5 For The Fight Campaign Raises over €300,000 for research into immune-based cancer treatments


Announces the appointment of new Dermot Costello Cancer Immunology Fellow


The Qualtrics®-led 5 For The Fight® campaign for Breakthrough Cancer Research (Breakthrough) in Ireland has announced that over €300,000 raised in its first year will be used to spearhead Breakthrough’s tumour immunology (oncoimmunology) programme. Three people will be appointed to the team, and their focus is to look at how to harness the immune system to eradicate cancer, with a particular focus on cancers with typically poor prognoses.

Dr. Sylvie Amu has been appointed the inaugural Dermot Costello Cancer Immunology Fellow. The new fellowship was awarded in memory of Qualtrics’ late EMEA Chairman Dermot Costello. Dermot passed away in January 2018 just weeks after participating in the campaign’s launch. Dr. Amu obtained a PhD from the Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University in 2008. Her research will focus on harnessing the immune system to attack cancer and specifically the role of regulatory B cells.


5 For The Fight, in partnership with Breakthrough, is also providing funding for a PhD student who will work in the University College Cork and will collaborate with a clinical team at Cork University Hospital. The aim of the project is to study cells of the immune system that are part of the suppressive environment of the tumours and to understand their immunological role during immunotherapy. Funding is also being provided for a research assistant to join the team. 


To date, employees at Qualtrics EMEA HQ in Dublin, through the 5 For The Fight campaign, have raised more than €300,000 for cancer research in Ireland. Qualtrics employees matched the first €100,000 in memory of Dermot, calling him “a great colleague and friend whose bravery and determination was an inspiration to everyone he met.”  The fund has now set a target to raise €200,000 for Breakthrough in 2019.


Dr. Sylvie Amu said “It is an honor to have been appointed as the inaugural Dermot Costello Fellow. Breakthrough is an excellent research body and its focus is very much aligned to my own focus and goals to help eradicate cancer. It’s important to understand the role of regulatory B cells so we can find more options for treatment and improve existing treatments.”


Orla Dolan, CEO, Breakthrough said “The funding provided by 5 For The Fight to our tumour immunology programme has the potential to help find answers to a disease that has impacted nearly every person in Ireland. We’re working to bring innovative and potentially life-saving cancer treatments to trial faster allowing us to start improving and saving the lives of the people we love.”


Sarah Argue, part of the Qualtrics EMEA 5 For The Fight team said “5 For The Fight invites everyone to give €5 for the fight against cancer. Since launching this campaign in Ireland we have been overwhelmed by the generosity. It stems from people giving in honour or memory of those we love affected by cancer. The aggregate of these gifts and efforts make it possible to support Breakthrough and groundbreaking research in the area of tumour immunology. This is just the start and the more we can raise, the more researchers we can hire to help accelerate this project.”

Individuals and companies who want to join the 5 For The Fight campaign should contact Aisling MacNamara (aislingm@qualtrics.com) or visit www.5forthefight.eu.  Donations to the campaign can be made on the website.  

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