Dialysis Patients who Smoke are less likely get a Kidney Transplant and Die Earlier

“Smoking remains a major modifiable risk factor for adverse outcomes for men and women on dialysis. It shortens their lifespans and reduces their overall chances of kidney transplantation” - Professor Austin Stack

Dialysis patients who smoke are much less likely to receive a life-saving kidney transplant and much more likely to die sooner according to researchers from the Health Research Institute (HRI) at the University of Limerick and UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS).

The findings, which are published in a study appearing online in the journal BMC Nephrology, provide compelling evidence that smoking reduces overall life expectancy of dialysis patients as well as their overall chances of receiving a kidney transplant.

Vascular Access Workshop - 28 September 2016

On September 28th 2016, the Technology Enhanced Health Outcomes theme of the HRI at the University of Limerick will host a workshop on Vascular Access. The workshop is part of an EU project grant entitled Renal Dialysis Vascular Access (ReDVA) and is supported by the Health Research Institute. The ReDVA project is a joint industry-academia research programme to overcome the scientific and technical barriers to the understanding, development and adoption of technologies to combat the significant clinical problem of the failure of renal dialysis venous access.

Research Seminar: Professor Rod K. Dishman, "Methodological Advances in Exercise Psychology: Modeling Latent Variables"

Professor Rod K. Dishman, PhD from the Department of Kinesiology, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA will present “Methodological Advances in Exercise Psychology: Modeling Latent Variables” in PESS Building P1033 on Tuesday, 26th July 2016 between 9am and 12pm which is funded by IRC New Foundations Scheme.

Drs. Mark Campbell and Matthew Herring would like to invite you to the third of a series of Research Seminars funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme broadly focused on innovative methodological techniques to improve psychological research into healthy lifestyle behaviours. The third Research Seminar, entitled "Methodological Advances in Exercise Psychology: Modeling Latent Variables," will be presented on Tuesday, July 26th by Professor Rod K. Dishman.

Dr Eoghan Cunnane wins Best Poster Award at the European Society for Vascular Surgery

Dr Cunnane receiving Best Poster Award from Prof David Vorp

Dr Eoghan Cunnane (Contract Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering) was the recent recipient of the Best Poster Award at the European Society for Vascular Surgery 4th Spring Meeting held in University College London on the 13th and 14th of May.

International Clinical Trials Day - 20th May 2016

The HRI is delighted to promote international clinical trials day which celebrates the first clinical trial which began in May 1747.

The HMS Salisbury of Britain’s Royal Navy fleet patrols the English Channel at a time when scurvy is thought to have killed more British seamen than French and Spanish arms.  Aboard this ship, surgeon mate James Lind, a pioneer of naval hygiene, conducts what many refer to as the first clinical trial.  Acting on a hunch that scurvy was caused by putrefaction of the body that could be cured through the introduction of acids, Lind recruited 12 men for his “fair test.”

RESEARCH SEMINAR: Prof. Lisa Chasan-Taber, 12.45pm, 4th May 2016

Prof. Lisa Chasan-Taber Sc.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA will present her seminar “Exercise During and after Pregnancy-Opportunities and Challenges to Prevent Health Complications in Mothers and their Babies” on Wednesday, 4th May 2016 at 12.45pm – 2:00pm in PESS Building P1007

Tea/Coffee & Light Lunch @12.45-1.00

RSVP by 28th April to: Rhoda.Sohun@ul.ie
(For catering purposes)

Dr Graham Love - HRB Strategy, followed by Q&A - 28 April 2016

Dr Graham Love Chief Executive, Health Research Board (HRB)

Dr Graham Love, Chief Executive, Health Research Board (HRB) will be presenting

HRB Strategy, followed by a Q&A session


Date: Thursday 28th April 2016, 12.00pm
Venue: GEMS0016, GEMS Building, UL

All are welcome to attend

HRI Seminar Series: Professor Ivan Perry - 27 April 2016

Professor Ivan Perry, University College Cork

The HRI are delighted to welcome Professor Ivan Perry from University College Cork who will open our 2016 seminar series on Wednesday 27th April 2016, 12.45pm, in LERO ROOM T3-013, Tierney Building with his presentation entitled:

“Obesity: A public health perspective on behaviour change”.

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