The butterfly effect

When a butterfly flaps its wings in Japan, it can trigger a storm in the Atlantic, or so the analogy goes. Graham Love outlines a recent event that felt a little bit like that and which has left us all feeling a little bit humbled and very proud of what we do here...

A waterdrop that is falling from leaf into stream, and which has a butterfly balanced on the drop.

On Monday evening (5 Dec 2016) I attended the launch of a series of short films centred round the important issues facing people with intellectual disability as they age. It was launched by The Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, called IDS-TILDA, in the Science Gallery, Dublin.

It is a marriage of so much of what we do here at the HRB. The HRB's National Intellectual Disability Database supplied critical data in order to set up the Intellectual Disability Supplement (IDS) to TILDA. TILDA itself was created on foot of a significant HRB funding award.

In turn, the videos were produced using a HRB Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Award. These awards aim to accelerate translation of research findings into health policy and practice.  Above all it was a shining example of how Public and Patient Involvement should be done.  

Trinity College wrote a very nice news story about it, and that contains links to the videos.

All in all, I cannot think of a better example of how the different parts of the HRB and the health research ecosystem in general, can combine to make a real difference to people's lives.