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Irish Heart Foundation Research Bursary Awards 2014

Our newest research bursaries presented at the Royal College of Physicians were particularly focused in the areas of hypertension (high blood pressure), heart failure, childhood obesity, and atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat condition). Additional bursaries in the area of stroke prevention were also included and these are supported by an educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo.

 

The Irish Heart Foundation is the largest voluntary funder of Cardiovascular and Stroke Researc...

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Extra healthy years or just extra years?

Does increasing life expectancy give us extra healthy years or just extra years?

Life expectancy is increasing and an important question is whether or not our extra years are spent in good health.  Healthy life year’s addresses this question by measuring the number of years that people can expect to live in good health.  New figures published by Eurostat show that people in the EU27 can expect to live 62 years free from disability or limitation of their daily activities.  IPH examines...

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Prizes at Soc Soc Med 2014

The Departments of General Practice, Epidemiology & Public Health were well represented at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine, held in Keble College, University of Oxford.

Congratulations to Marsha Treacy and Eimear Keane, both Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, who were noted for their high scoring abstracts on the “Prevalence of diabetes and related complications in a nationally representative sample of adults over 50 years in Ireland” a...

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Multimorbidity in Primary Care 2014

Dr Carol Sinnott and Prof Colin Bradley, Department of General Practice, University College Cork hosted a successful inaugural meeting on Medication Optimisation in Multimorbidity in the Glucksman Gallery, UCC on 18th September 2014.

Dr Martin Duerden, co-author of the King’s Fund* report on Polypharmacy and Medicines Optimisation opened the day by reviewing the challenges presented by polypharmacy  He was followed by Stewart Mercer, Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Gl...

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How the world could better fight obesity

Obesity is a critical global issue that requires a comprehensive, international intervention strategy. More than 2.1 billion people—nearly 30 percent of the global population—are overweight or obese.1 That’s almost two and a half times the number of adults and children who are undernourished. Obesity is responsible for about 5 percent of all deaths a year worldwide, and its global economic impact amounts to roughly $2 trillion annually, or 2.8 percent of global GDP—nearly equivalent to the gl...

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Active travel plan to get city on the move

The 2012/13 Northern Ireland Health Survey shows that 28% of adults do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week. While the Chief Medical Officer recommends that we should be aiming for 150 minutes per week, only around half (53%) of adults in Northern Ireland meet this target.

To help tackle this issue the Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP), which is led by the Public Health Agency (PHA), Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Belfast City Council, is launching the Belfast...

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HRB Grant Schedule 2015: Webinar(s)

The HRB will hold a short webinar (30 mins approx) to outline the funding schemes that are opening in the next 6 months. Places are limited, please register early.

There will be a live re-run of the webinar, 10 days later.

HRB Grant Schedule 2015 - Webinar 1

Friday 24 October 2014: 1 pm: Register online at 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4645060956090890498

Slides from this session are available at http://www.hrb.ie/research-strategy-funding/open-grants-an...

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The effectiveness of weight management interventions in breastfeeding women

The postpartum period is a vulnerable time-point for excess weight retention, particularly for the increasing number of women who are overweight at the start of their pregnancy and subsequently find it difficult to lose the additional weight gained during pregnancy.  While postpartum weight management interventions play an important role in breaking this potentially vicious cycle of weight gain, the effectiveness of such interventions in breastfeeding women is unclear.  A recent systematic re...

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Poster Prize for HRB PhD Scholar Sarah-Jo Sinnott in Taipei!

Congratulations to Sarah Jo Sinnott, HRB PhD Scholar in Health Services Research who won a poster prize “Small copayments for prescription medicines – cents-ible policies?” at the International Conference of Pharmacoepidemiology in Taipei.

The poster presented research on the impact of two prescription charges on the General Medical Services scheme in Ireland on patients’ adherence to medicines. The research found reductions in adherence to medicines, although the reductions in adheren...

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IPH welcomes publication of the new Northern Ireland Public Health Framework – Making Life Better

IPH has today welcomed the publication by Government of its public health framework, Making Life Better. 

IPH is a north-south body that promotes cooperation for public health on the island of Ireland.  In this context the Institute notes the 2013 publication of the Republic of Ireland public health framework ‘Healthy Ireland’.  The publication of ‘Making Life Better’ ensures that the island is well served by comprehensive public health frameworks in both jurisdictions.  

The Fr...

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