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HRB builds new links between medical research and patient care - ?3 million for special research in Schizophrenia in young people and Tuberculosis

29 May 2005

The Health Research Board (HRB) has introduced new awards to support medical consultants to focus on world-class research in areas that will have direct benefits for patient care. The Clinician Scientists Awards are the first of...[more]

The Human Genome and Genetic Disease - The 45th Graves Lecture provides a guide through a complex maze.

29 March 2005

The Human Genome project has provided a blueprint for human life ready for interpretation. This year the Graves Lecture will examine how sequencing of the human genome has enabled genetic testing which can lead to better...[more]

HRB takes Irish lead in an EU initiative to strengthen nursing and midwifery research

3 March 2005

Nursing and midwifery practice is a core element of our health services, but to date many practices are still not founded on evidence-based research. A new EU project is starting which aims to identify current research into...[more]

Minister Tim O'Malley presents award to artist in Westmeath

22 February 2005

Mr Tim O'Malley, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children presented an award to local man, Tommy McGrath, for his winning entry in a national competition to design the report cover of the Health Research...[more]

It takes two to tango - Improving health through research

9 February 2005

The challenge of building connections between those who do health research and those who make health policy and management decisions is the topic of an intriguing presentation, 'It takes two to tango', hosted by the Health...[more]

Health Research Board funded student projects yield practical results

10 January 2005

Real time measurement of out of hospital cardiac arrest was the subject of the winning presentation for the Watts Medal 2005*. Brian Hayes, a fifth year medical student from UCD, designed a user-friendly database system for the...[more]

HRB report highlights that admissions to psychiatric services continued to fall during 2003 and marked regional variations are apparent

22 December 2004

The latest annual report on activities in psychiatric inpatient units and hospitals, shows that admissions continued to fall in 2003. The proportion of involuntary admissions has remained static at 11 per cent and re-admissions...[more]

$20 million awarded for international research initiative on autism - HRB to provide up to ?5 million for Irish research team

15 December 2004

The Health Research Board has announced €5 million for autism research as part of a new major international research initiative to help improve international understanding of the genetic causes of autism. The HRB is joining...[more]

From confinement to community care. A new publication on Mental Illness in Ireland examines the rise and fall of Institutional Care

7 December 2004

Improved treatment, an increased awareness and understanding in society and more effective information systems have all been instrumental in changing the management of mental illness since 1750. These are just some of the...[more]

Investing in the future of Health Research

30 November 2004

The Health Research Board awarded 18 new Research Fellowships worth ?2.7m today, Tuesday 30 November 2005. Dr Barry McSweeney, Chief Science Advisor to the Government, presented certificates to the successful fellows at a...[more]

HRB Annual Report on intellectual disability shows demand for full-time residential services continues to rise

26 November 2004

The demand for full-time residential services for people with intellectual disability is now at its highest level since national recording began according to the National Intellectual Disability Database (NIDD) Annual Report...[more]

Drug facts, figures and analysis: European Annual Report 2004 launched today

25 November 2004

The latest facts and figures on drug use across Europe, and by country were released by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) today in their Annual Report 2004.[more]

HRB study shows the number treated for cannabis use outside Dublin and counties Kildare and Wicklow trebled between 1998 and 2002

29 October 2004

A new report released by the Health Research Board (HRB) today shows that the number of people treated for cannabis use outside Dublin and counties Kildare and Wicklow trebled between 1998 and 2002, from 14.7 to 50.5 per 100,000...[more]

'A Picture of Health' New HRB report reveals the latest discoveries in Irish Health Research

26 October 2004

From cancer vaccines and heart disease, to the impact of obesity on diabetes in children and using the latest technology to identify bowel cancer, a new report launched by Health Research Board (HRB) today, reveals the latest...[more]

An Tánaiste stresses the need to stimulate research and development in the Health Services

7 October 2004

Tánaiste, Mary Harney, Minister for Health and Children will focus on the need to harness research and development potential within the Health Services, tonight, 7 October 2004, when she opens a seminar organised by the Health...[more]

Fourfold increase in treated opiate use outside Dublin and Counties Kildare and Wicklow (ERHA* area)
HRB study indicates a need to expand the number and range of opiate treatment services

2 October 2004

A new report released by the Health Research Board (HRB) today shows the rate of treated problem opiate use outside the Eastern Regional Health Authority area* increased sharply between 1998 and 2002, from 2.0 to 8.3 per 100,000...[more]

HRB welcomes Mary Harney TD as Minister for Health and Children

28 September 2004

The Health Research Board (HRB) has welcomed the appointment of the Tánaiste, Mary Harney, to her new role as Minister for Health and Children.[more]

Seminar tackles the link between cancer and obesity

22 September 2004

Understanding the link between obesity and cancer is the focus of a seminar at Croke Park, Dublin today, September 23, 2003. Experts from the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland will present the most recent research...[more]

HRB research contributes to a better understanding of why some people are more likely to suffer from Schizophrenia

31 August 2004

An editorial published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that there is now substantial evidence that a gene encoding Dysbindin 1 is associated with schizophrenia. Although the genetic basis of schizophrenia is...[more]

Treated problem drug use trebles outside Eastern Regional Health Authority* area
HRB study shows that approaches to treatment must continue to reflect emerging trends

29 July 2004

A new study published today by the Health Research Board (HRB) reveals that the rate of treated problem drug use among residents outside the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) area* almost trebled between 1998 and 2002. The...[more]

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