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About Us

Established in 2014, the Health Research Institute (HRI) engages in and promotes outstanding research to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and transform the overall health community. The HRI collaborates with local, national and international partners and is structured around the following four key areas of research strength:  

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Health Technologies

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Lifestyle and Health

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Health Services Delivery

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Patient & Public Involvement

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The activities of the HRI are supported by expertise in biostatistics, health informatics and health economics, and facilitated by the Clinical Research Support Unit (CRSU). The UL/UL Hospitals Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is the first agreed CRSU partnership and is located at University Hospital Limerick (UHL). Our goal is to provide a rich collaborative environment that fosters discovery and innovation in health science that will lead to better health, improved care and a healthier society.

The HRI will act as an enabler for researchers by allowing access to interdisciplinary research expertise across a range of departments which will develop a critical mass of researchers - interdepartmental, inter-institutional and international.  The HRI will allow easier access to research leaders with significant track records as well as industry partners, patient cohorts and communities.

The HRI’s objectives will support the scope and capacity of research within UL and with its partners.  These objectives not only emphasise the importance of individual research, but of establishing a collaborative research network at the heart of our Health research community.  We will pursue the following objectives in order to support the development of our Institute:

  • Provide focal point for health research activity within UL and for the university’s external partners
  • Develop a culture of collaborative, multi-disciplinary health research efforts
  • Provide key enabling capabilities critical to the establishment of multidisciplinary research teams