Health Research Board invests €5.7m

The Health Research Board has invested €5.7m in research teams whose findings will inform decision-making in the key areas of suicide prevention, safe prescribing, dementia care, and team leadership in the health services.

Health Research Board invests €5.7m

Along with the four HRB research leader posts, the grants will support more than 15 research personnel to underpin the various work programmes.

In the suicide prevention sphere, Professor Ella Arensman of University College Cork and the National Suicide Research Foundation has been appointed research leader. The sector has been awarded €1.4m over five years. The HRB said the programme will improve the care provided in hospitals for people who engage in self-harm, with the ultimate goal to reduce repeated self-harm and suicide nationally.

A team led by Professor Kathleen Bennett, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, has been awarded €1.4m to examine “statistical epidemiology in population health and health services research”, which, according to the HRB, will provide “detailed information and evidence about adverse drug events in primary care and hospital settings”.

Eamon O’Shea of NUI Galway will lead the dementia research, worth €1.6m over five years. HRB said the award will provide a research framework to support implementation of the National Dementia Strategy.

A team led by Professor Eilish McAuliffe of University College Dublin will have €1.4m to implement leadership development interventions for groups of leaders at different levels within hospitals and test their impact on staff performance and patient safety.

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