HRI Director Alan Donnelly pictured at the launch of the strategy
HRI Director Alan Donnelly, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science at UL, pictured at the launch of the new strategy
Monday, November 27, 2023

The University of Limerick’s Health Research Institute has launched an ambitious new five-year strategic plan that seeks to advance healthcare research and foster impactful collaborations.

The Health Research Institute (HRI) is a cross faculty institute that brings together researchers in UL and its partner institutions with a focus on convergent and translational health research.

The strategy was launched recently by Professor Deirdre McGrath, Interim Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, in the Appellate Court in UL’s Glucksman Library.

The launch featured guest speakers, Ms Maria Bridgeman, Chief Officer of HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare, and Professor Paul Burke, Chief Academic Officer, UL Hospitals Group and Vice Dean Health Sciences in UL.

HRI Director Alan Donnelly, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science at UL, said: “This important document provides us with a roadmap for the next five years to support the achievement of our goals and offer an opportunity to build on the strong foundations laid in the development of the Health Research Institute.

“The Institute will maintain its resilient, multidisciplinary approach to research but will focus its efforts on identified research strengths that contribute to improved health across the lifespan.

“Focusing on these strengths will enhance research excellence, leading to more impactful research outputs and a greater reach, both nationally and internationally, for our researchers.”

The strategy has a vision for the HRI to become a leading research institute for the advancement of good health and well-being across the lifespan.

Its mission is to advance person – centred, technology – enabled, integrated healthcare and treatment by focusing on relevant, evidence-based areas of research with real impact while fostering a culture of high-performance excellent research, inspiring ground-breaking transdisciplinary collaboration and nurturing our talent pipeline.

“This vision and mission will be achieved through the implementation of seven core values, priority research areas and underpinning areas of research excellence,” said Professor Donnelly.

“This will be driven under the overarching theme of Good Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifespan which is in alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 3 of the United Nations,” he added.

For more, see the HRI’s website.