Second Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Summer School

The HRI is delighted to launch our second Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Summer School which takes place at the University of Limerick on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June 2017.

The Summer School is designed for individuals who wish to develop their knowledge and access resources for Public and Patient Involvement in health research. We welcome participation from community organisations, patient groups, researchers, health service providers and policy-makers.

2017 Summer School Information

Eventbrite registration is now open  - CLICK HERE

UL researcher awarded prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie global fellowship

A University of Limerick, Clinical Therapies and Health Research Institute researcher has been awarded a prestigious global fellowship to further her research into lower back pain.
Physiotherapy researcher Dr Mary O’Keeffe is the first UL graduate to receive the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship from the European Commission. The award will enable Dr O’Keeffe to attend the George Institute for Global Health at University of Sydney, Australia, one of the top ten research institutions in the world for scientific impact. There, she will be hosted for two years by Professor Chris Maher who is the world leader in lower-back-pain research.

DOCTRID V Conference

The DOCTRID V Conference will take place at the University of Limerick on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 April 2017.

Who should be there?

Researchers (social, technological, behavioural and life sciences), Health
care professionals, People with Intellectual Disability or Autism, their families and carers.

What will you learn?

The DOCTRID V conference will include presentations from international experts, panel discussions and workshops aimed at fostering collaborations and innovations to make a real difference in the lives of those with ID and Autism.

Key themes to be discussed:

Dr Michael Walsh among those awarded in Science Foundation Ireland programme

HRI Member and Technology Enhanced Health Outcomes theme leader, Dr Michael Walsh, was one of five UL awardees of the Science Foundation Ireland investment to develop future research leaders.  The funding is distributed through Science Foundation Ireland’s Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) and Career Development Award (CDA) Programmes.  Dr Walsh's project is titled "Targeting the temporal gradient of wall shear stress as the key mediator of vascular tissue response to implanted medical devices using in silico, in vitro and in vivo approaches".

Nearly 100 researchers across 40 Irish research projects are to be awarded a total of €22.3m over the next four years to boost areas including medical, ICT and renewable energies.  The funding announced by Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan, TD.

Irish researchers work on soft exoskeleton to aid mobility

Researchers working on a wearable-robotics project, aimed at improving movement for people with reduced mobility, plan to build the first fully-functional prototype of ‘intelligent’ trousers by 2019.

The soft, biometic exoskeleton would allow older people or people with disabilities to move their legs by detecting movement intention.

A group from University of Limerick is part of the European team of researchers, led by the Italian Institute of Technology, which has begun work on the wearable soft-robotics intelligent-clothing system.

The Design Factors Research Group based in UL’s School of Design is part of the ground-breaking health-robotics project to develop the soft, modular, lower-limb exoskeleton.

Population-level impact, herd immunity, and elimination after human papillomavirus vaccination: a systematic review and meta-analysis of predictions from transmission-dynamic models

A HRI researcher, Professor Cathal Walsh, was involved in an international mathematical modelling collaboration published in Lancet (Public Health) to examine the impact that different vaccination strategies would have on the spread of human papilloma virus (HPV) among both men and women. It was shown that female only vaccination provides a degree of protection through herd immunity to males, provided coverage is high. When coverage rates were lower (as is the case in the United States) male vaccination in combination with female vaccination provides additional substantial benefit. An editorial in the same issue highlights the growing problem of HPV head and neck cancers in males.  The full paper can be viewed through the link below:

Special Issue on Software Engineering for Connected Health

Special Issue: Software Engineering for Connected Health (SECH)

Guest Co-Editors
Dr. Noel Carroll, ARCH - Applied Research for Connected Health Technology Centre, University of Limerick (
Prof. Craig Kuziemsky, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa (
Prof. Ita Richardson, Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre, University of Limerick (


HRI Researcher to lead Irish partners in European Knowledge Hub on Malnutrition in the Elderly

Dr Eibhlís O'Connor from the Department of Life Sciences heads up Irish Research Team.

Following a call from the European Joint Action ‘Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ last year, the ‘MaNuEL’ - Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub has recently been established, bringing together 21 researchers from groups spanning 7 countries who will work together to deliver key initiatives set out by members over the coming two years. 

The aim of this initiative is to bring together experts in the area of malnutrition in the elderly to build a better understanding of the determinants of nutritional deficiencies in older populations across Europe and to build research capacity in this crucial area.

Longitudinal Data Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling - 6 & 7 October 2016

The Platform for Psychological Science at UL (PPS-UL) & Statistical Horizons present a 2-Day Seminar Taught by Paul Allison, Ph.D.:
"Longitudinal Data Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling"

This seminar is designed for those who want to analyze longitudinal data with three or more time points, and whose primary interest is in the effect of predictors that vary over time. You should have a solid understanding of basic principles of statistical inference, including such concepts as bias, sampling distributions, standard errors, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. You should also have a good working knowledge of the principles and practice of linear regression.


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