Ireland to participate in global clinical trial for Covid-19

HRB mobilises rapid support for a COVID-19 clinical trial among Irish patients in Intensive Care Units as part of global research efforts to tackle the pandemic.

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HRB invests €7.5m to support new research leaders

The investment will support five new research leaders to conduct research programmes that will deliver evidence to directly inform changes in health policy and practice.

Research leaders awards - read more
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COVID-19: Impact on funded research

The Irish Research Council (IRC), Health Research Board (HRB) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) issue a joint statement.

Research funders joint statement
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How HRB grant funding panel reviews work

We have created two video animations that describe what happens to your grant application from the point when you press ‘submit’ until you get the results.

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Climbing the health research career ladder

The HRB is investing €5million to advance research careers of five emerging medical leaders and improve health outcomes for the patients in their specialty areas.

Read about the five new Emerging Clinician Scientists awards
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International Women’s Day 2020 - Competition

The Health Research Board is giving away a €250 book voucher to one lucky person who strikes the #EachforEqual pose.

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Sonam Banka, HRB, makes the #EachforEqual pose

Webinar on new HRB policy for management and sharing of research data

Aileen Sheehy, HRB, will give a 20-minute webinar that outlines the new requirements of the HRB's new Management and sharing of research data policy. The webinar will take place at 3.00 pm Thursday 13 February 2020.

Policy for management and sharing of research data
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HRB staff to present at Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2020

The conference (9-11 March 2020 in Dublin castle) is the leading forum globally for alcohol policy makers, advocates, researchers, civil society activists and practitioners to discuss reducing alcohol-related harm on a global level.

Read more - HRB staff at GAPC 2020
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Training people to apply research in clinical practice

The HRB is investing €4.5 million to train health practitioners and academics to PhD level doing research that will improve care for stroke patients, target chronic disease and tackle diabetic foot disease.

Read more about our investment in research training to improve care
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Time to rethink heart disease risk assessments?

Congratulations to Ben Loughnane from Kinsale Community School who won both the HRB Special Prize and came first place in the Social and Behavioural Sciences Category Intermediate Awards for his intriguingly named project 'A statistical investigation into the power of zero'. The project looked at a new way to better estimate your heart attack risk.

BT Young Scientist - HRB Special Prize winner 2020
Ben Loughnane. HRB Special Prize winner 2020

No major changes in psychiatric inpatient census

2,308 patients were resident in Irish psychiatric units and hospitals on Census night (31 March 2019) according to the latest report from the HRB

Read about psychiatric inpatient census
Main diagnosis among psychiatric inpatients

Health research in action

Get a good sense of some of the discoveries and outcomes that the HRB is supporting across many areas of health.

Read Health Research in Action
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HRB publishes latest outputs and outcomes report

Find out more about the emerging impacts from our €47 million investment in 187 awards that were completed during 2016 and 2017.

Read more about HRB outputs and outcomes
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HRB publishes latest drug-related deaths figures

Mixing drugs, alcohol and prescribable drugs continue to dominate poisoning deaths.

Read about drug-related deaths

Laying foundations for secure data linkage to improve health

HRB fund a pilot project to design and develop the infrastructure needed to share and link health data securely.

Read more about data linkage pilot

HRB investment in Research Leaders proves successful

New HRB report evaluates the impact of a €38 million investment to develop research leaders across numerous health specialties in the past 15 years.

Read report
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Alcohol treatment in Ireland 2018

Latest HRB figures show seven-in-ten cases were already dependent on alcohol when presenting for treatment.

Alcohol treatment - read more
Infographic showing number treated for alcohol

HRB report sharp rise in cocaine treatment

The latest drug treatment figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) show a 50% increase in the number of cases presenting for cocaine treatment between 2017 and 2018.

Drug treatment - press release
2,254 cocaine cases, 80% males, 30 years median age, 35% employed

Supporting GPs knowledge for better patient care

GPs make hundreds of diagnostic and management decisions each week. New HRB-funded research aims to support GPs to make these decisions, in partnership with patients, using the most recent, high-quality evidence.

Read more - research to support GPs
Dr Emma Wallace

Evidence to inform health system change in the public interest

Work has begun on a new HRB-funded project that will help guide the design and roll-out of the new Regional Integrated Care Areas (RICAs) announced by Minister Simon Harris in July 2019.

Press release - research to inform health system change
Slaintecare Implementation Report

Better transition to adult health services for young people with cerebral palsy

A new HRB-funded research project will look at international evidence and Irish experiences to improve transition care for young people with cerebral palsy (CP) as they move to adult health services.

Read more - transition to adult health services for young people with CP
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New HRB study examines alcohol-related harms in Ireland

Binge drinking among low to moderate risk drinkers accounts for most alcohol-related harm in the population.

News story - alcohol-related harms
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Supporting patients to make the best lifestyle choices

A new HRB-funded research project will provide evidence that will help to guide and shape the roll out of the Health Service Executive's Make Every Contact Count programme.

Read the press release
Professor Molly Byrne

Fire-related deaths in Ireland: HRB publishes new research

Older people, single people, men and those living in rural areas are at higher risk of dying in residential fires. Alcohol is a factor in more than half of fatal fires in Ireland.

Press release - fire related deaths in Ireland
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Drugs and road user fatalities

The HRB is collaborating with the Road Safety Authority and Medical Bureau of Road Safety to examine the presence of drugs among road user fatalities.

Read more - drugs and road user fatalities

Find out more about the ways we provide data to inform research, practice and policy.

Other ways our drug death data is used

HRB welcomes appointment of two new board members

Professor Seamus Donnelly, Professor of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin and Tracy Cunningham, Clinical Head of Late Projects, Oncology R&D, AstraZeneca have been appointed to the HRB Board.

More about new board members
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HRB-funded research shows early parenting programme significantly increases parental competence and wellbeing

The ENRICH programme involved a five-year research investigation and was delivered to almost 400 parents and their 0-2 year old children in West Dublin and Louth.

Read more - ENRICH findings launch
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What results in shorter hospital stays for the elderly?

Having the right care in the community close to them according to a new report from the ESRI as part of a HRB funded project.

Read about what influences shorter hospital stays for older people
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Clinical research infrastructure in Ireland

HRB publishes a 10-year review of investment in clinical research infrastructure to inform future investment in the area.

Review of clinical research infrastructure in Ireland
Chart from the front cover of Review of Clinical Research Infrastructures in Ireland

Observers at HRB panel reviews to begin September 2019

'After an overwhelmingly positive response to the HRB proposal to consider allowing observers to attend panel meetings, the first batch of observer invites have been sent to research offices at Host Institions around the country', says Dr Anne Cody, Head of Pre-Award, HRB.

Read about observers at HRB panel reviews
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Supporting national change

The HRB is driving the shift towards open research in Ireland. Find out more about the initiatives we have been supporting in this area.

Read about our open research work

New national framework will support the transition to open research

Read the framework report

HRB report latest data on psychiatric admissions and discharges

There were 17,000 admissions to Irish psychiatric hospitals and units during 2018. This represents an increase of 257 from 2017. Depression, schizophrenia, mania, neurosis and alcoholic disorders account for over two-thirds of all admissions.

Press release on psychiatric admissions and discharges
Infographic of main diagnosis: 24% depressive disorder, 20% schizophrenia, 9% mania, 6% alcoholic

HRB invest €8 million in new health research

Self-harm, stroke, breast cancer and diabetes are just some of the topics to be addressed by emerging investigators.

Press release about the Emerging Investigator Awards 2019
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European drug report published

Find out about the latest drug trends across Europe

Read European drug report

The Health Research Board compares the Irish drug situation with the rest of Europe

Read EU-Ireland drug comparison

Digital animation series and mental health of young people

The videos feature the voices and stories of young people who have experienced anxiety, bullying, not fitting in, depression and loneliness.

Watch videos on the Spun Out website

'These are simple stories about complex issues, honestly told', says Dr Darrin Morrissey, Chief Executive, HRB.

Read more about the videos

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