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HRB seeks public input on research proposals

2 March 2017

The Health Research Board is inviting members of the public to review aspects of the health research proposals they receive. [more]

New research will investigate how changing diet affects kidney disease

26 January 2017

Dr Andrew Smyth, NUI Galway has secured a prestigious Wellcome Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship award through the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Partnership to carry out a clinical trial to determine the effect of dietary modification on...[more]

Research funding boost to support career development, collaboration and public engagement

15 December 2016

For the first time, two Irish universities have tapped into the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund; Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD) have each secured €1.1 million through this...[more]

Health Research Board publish latest drug-related deaths figures

13 December 2016

The latest figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) show that almost two people died each day in Ireland during 2014 as a result of poisoning, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use. A total of 697* people died in 2014...[more]

Intellectual Disability Services - HRB publish latest figures on current use and future demand

29 September 2016

The Health Research Board (HRB) today published the Annual Report of the National Intellectual Disability Database Committee 2015. The report, based on data from 28,108 people, highlights service provision levels in 2015 along...[more]

Expanding Ireland’s involvement in clinical trials

29 September 2016

More Irish people will have access to multi-centre clinical trials as a result of HRB Clinical Research Coordination Ireland (HRB -CRCI) which is officially launched today. The hub will be central to building Ireland’s reputation...[more]

Mild oxygen deficits to the brain at birth shown to impact long term IQ and rate of disability

20 September 2016

A new HRB-funded study, shows that a mild blood or oxygen deficit at birth, which leads to a condition called Hypoxic Ischaematic Encephalopathy (HIE) can result in children having lower IQ than their peers at the age of five and...[more]

Minister Harris announces a new programme to advance clinical research capability among doctors

13 September 2016

A team of Irish clinical academics have secured one of seven major awards that have been made across the UK and Ireland by Wellcome*. The scheme, which will be known as Wellcome – HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training Programme,...[more]

Immune system plays major role in regulation of body weight

1 September 2016

New research involving a team of Irish, American and Canadian researchers reveals that the immune system could be responsible for as much as 40% of our body’s ability to regulate weight.[more]

Irish researchers performing well in European Health Research

15 July 2016

Irish health researchers have secured over €31million in funding from Europe’s flagship research programme, Horizon 2020 as part of the €275 million draw down by Ireland, announced by Minister for Skills, Training and Innovation,...[more]

Alcohol consumption, harm and cost in Ireland - HRB publishes new report

22 June 2016

Newly compiled data from the hospital in-patient reporting system confirms impact of alcohol consumption on health system. New HRB report examines national findings on the patterns and effects of alcohol consumption and how it is...[more]

Health Research Board publish latest drug treatment figures

31 May 2016

HRB compares the Irish drug situation with the rest of Europe[more]

Major health benefits to be gained by sharing and linking data safely

24 May 2016

The Health Research Board (HRB) will publish a new report today outlining the infrastructure and services needed in Ireland to allow us to safely access, store, share and link data for research. [more]

Cultivating great research ideas for future health

12 April 2016

Four Irish researchers have secured €400,000 in Seed funding through the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership to explore their own novel research ideas. These include a new instrument to monitor infant brain...[more]

How smoking stops your lungs fighting tuberculosis

24 March 2016

Tobacco smoke particles 'clog up' immune cells and literally prevent them moving towards, and hence attacking, the tuberculosis bacteria. The findings have just been published in Cell, one of the most highly rated scientific...[more]

€2 million award to investigate new frontiers in inflammation research

1 March 2016

Arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease all have one thing in common: inflammation. Understanding what causes it is crucial to developing new treatments for these chronic illnesses. [more]

TB breakthrough opens way for immunotherapy treatment

18 February 2016

In a second major breakthrough published this week, HRB-funded researchers at St James's Hospital and Trinity College Dublin discover new avenues to treat multi drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB).[more]

HRB invests €5.7 million in research leaders in health

12 February 2016

The Health Research Board has appointed four new Research Leaders in the areas of suicide prevention, safe prescribing, dementia care and team leadership in the health services. The awards are designed to build capacity in areas...[more]

Dementia patients and carers to benefit from €4.5 million research investment

4 February 2016

The Health Research Board and The Atlantic Philanthropies are today announcing the research arm of Ireland’s first National Dementia Strategy. Seven new research projects have been funded to support the implementation of the...[more]

HRB launches Strategy 2016-2020

18 January 2016

Health Research Board to invest €250 million to drive greater innovation in clinical practice, health service design and delivery. [more]

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