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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HRB Strategy 2025 - have your say

HRB Chief Executive, Darrin Morrissey, explains our strategy consultation process

Read more about strategy consultation
Dr Darrin Morrissey

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

Observer opportunities at HRB funding application panel meetings? You decide.

The HRB is considering whether to allow researchers to sit in as observers at panel meetings that adjudicate on grant applications. We have opened an online survey to canvas your opinion.

Read more - Observers at panel meetings
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International Clinical Trials Day 2019

The HRB-CRCI has an extensive programme of activities to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day 2019.

Read more at the HRB-CRCI event calendar
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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

Study opportunity in the United States

National Cancer Institute (NCI) - HRB Fellows study and work in the US for three years with a further one year of support when they return to Ireland.

NCI-HRB Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme 2020

Dr Maeve Mullooly recently returned to Ireland from her time abroad. Read about her research and the opportunities that the Fellowship opened for her.

Read more - Dr Maeve Mullooly

Drug treatment in Ireland 2011 to 2017

A total of 8,922 cases were treated for problem drug use in 2017. Opiates, mainly heroin, remain the most common drug reported among cases treated followed by cannabis, cocaine and benzodiazepines. A marked increase in cocaine cases was noted in 2017.

HRB Drug Treatment 2011 to 2017 press release
Drug treatment 2011 to 2017 Infographic, front page. Main statistics include 8,922 total number of cases treateed for problem drug use with 37% new cases and 59% previously treated cases.

HRB seeks new Board members

The Minister for Health invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill two Board vacancies at the HRB.

Apply to be a HRB Board member
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HRB welcomes appointment of the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, has appointed 15 people to the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee (HRCDC).

Read - HRB Chief Executive comments
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Alcohol treatment in Ireland 2011 to 2017

Latest alcohol treatment figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) show 55,675 cases were treated for problem alcohol use in Ireland between 2011 and 2017.

Read - Alcohol treatment press release
Alcohol treatment in Ireland 2011 ro 2017 infograhic. Thumbnail image, main statistic, 7,350 cases treated in 2017 for problem alcohol use

New scheme to support emerging clinician scientists

The Emerging Clinician Scientist Award is designed give people the opportunity to take the first step on an independent research career path.

Read more about the scheme

This new scheme is part of a revised approach by the HRB to support a specific research career path for health and care practitioners.

New health research career paths

Drug-related deaths in 2016

More than two people died each day in Ireland during 2016 as a result of poisoning, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use.

Read the drug-related deaths press release

Prescription drugs, cocktails of drugs and alcohol play significant roles in reported deaths.

Download the report

New call for Research Leaders in health

The HRB will invest €7.5 million in new research leaders over the next five years.

Read about the new Research Leaders in health call
Professor Molly Byrne

HRB Impact Award winner

Professor Mary McCarron wins the first HRB Impact Award for her pioneering research about the lives of people with intellectual disability.

Read - HRB Impact award press release
Professor Mary McCarron (on right)

New Bill for national research ethics committies

The cabinet has approved proposals for a Bill to support a mixed model national research ethics committee (REC) system.

Read more - Proposed research ethics Bill
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Artificial intelligence and cervical cancer screening

Congratulations to Laura O'Sullivan from Cork who won the HRB special prize at this year's BT Young Scientists exhibition.

Read more - HRB Special prize winner at Bt Young Scientist 2019
Darrin Morrissey presents Laura O'Sullivan with the HRB Special Prize at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2019.

Open access - help shape national policy

The National Open Research Forum (NORF) in conjunction with the Royal Irish Academy, will host a meeting on Tuesday 22 January 2018 about Plan S - an EU wide initiative to make open access publishing a reality.

Read more - Open access Plan S
Plan S - making full and immediate open access a reality

Umbilical cord blood biomarkers could identify babies at risk of brain damage

'This outcome highlights the importance of having health professionals, who work within the health system, involved in research', says Darrin Morrissey, Chief Executive at the HRB.

Read more - biomarkers to detect brain injury
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Health research in Ireland from 2011 to 2015

Ireland's research funding agencies invested €752 million over five years in health-related research.

More about Health research in Ireland 2011 to 2015
Health research in ireland 2011 to 2015 graphs from the front cover

Health Research in Action 2018

Health Research in Action is a selection of discoveries and new knowledge that has been generated through the work and activity of the Health Research Board.

Download - Health Research in Action
Health Research in Action 2018 cover

Big data in health - the opportunities and challenges ahead

HRB National Conference 2018

27 November, Dublin Castle

Speaker videos
Professor Joel Selanikio addresses the HRB National Conference 2018

Gender equality and research funding

HRB restates commitment to making gender equality accreditation a condition of funding

Read Funding Agencies joint statement
Gender Action Plan 2018-2020 report cover

Drug and alcohol addiction services

HRB and Department of Health organise first National Drugs Forum to promote best practice

Read the National Drugs Forum press release
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Has public and patient involvement (PPI) improved your research?

We’re looking for your stories about your experience of PPI

More information - HRB PPI survey
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Supporting research amongst medical charities

€3.2 million for 14 new projects. Lay summaries and short video explainers are available from the press release

HRB-MRCG funding scheme press release
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