Irene is actively involved in public understanding of science, outreach and media activities. For example, she has appeared multiple times on BBC Radio 4 (Today, All in the Mind, World Service/R4-WT's Exchanges at the Frontier) and many other radio outlets (e.g. BBC Radio 5 Live and local outlets).
She was the creator and presenter for a two-episode programme in 2017, From Agony to Analgesia, that led to an additional 4-part BBC Discovery radio series that she created and presented, entitled: The Anatomy of Pain, aired in 2018.
Further coverage includes: two BBC Horizon TV documentaries, a Science Museum exhibition in London, public lectures at DANA, University Museum, Cheltenham, and multiple newspaper and magazine articles – the most recent being an upcoming Good Housekeeping one on pain/opioids.
She was profiled in both The Lancet (2017) and the New Yorker magazine (2018); interviewed in April 2019 for BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific with Jim Al-Khalili; and listed in The Times 2020 Life Sciences Global ‘Power List’.