HRI Research Day Wednesday 5th December

As part of the inaugural UL Research Week, the HRI will be holding a Research Day in the Foundation Building on Wednesday 5th December. The day’s events will focus on “fostering a culture of interdisciplinary research to support discovery and innovation in health and wellbeing”.

Members of the Health Research Institute (HRI) will showcase their research during a poster session in the Foundation Building Atrium. PhD students of HRI members are invited to participate in a poster session competition, in which the winners will have the opportunity to offer elevator pitch presentations.

Professor Robert E. Sallis “Exercise is Medicine: Connecting Fitness with Healthcare” July 2nd 2018

MedEx UL and the Centre for Physical Activity and Health in the University of Limerick invite you to a workshop on Exercise is Medicine (EIM).  EIM is a programme of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) (see exerciseismedicine.org).  It is a global initiative that ‘encourages primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity in disease prevention and when designing treatment plans for medical conditions’.  Prof. Robert E. Sallis will be facilitating the workshop.

Prof Paul Murray - public lecture: 'A cancer virus and the inflammatory basis of malignancy’ 27th June

The Health Research Institute is delighted to welcome Prof Paul Murray from the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Medicine, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham to give a public lecture entitled: ‘A cancer virus and the inflammatory basis of malignancy’ on Wednesday 27th June, 2018 at 4.30pm in the Engineering Research Building, UL, room ERB-001.

Over 50s move for life research study

Bridie O'Connor, Jim Hartigan and Rita Goodwin helping launch the Move For Life research study at the University of Limerick

A research study, aimed at improving the health of people aged over 50 in the county, was today launched by the Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD.

Third Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Summer School

The HRI is delighted to launch our third Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Summer School which takes place at the University of Limerick on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018 This Summer School is designed for individuals who wish to develop their knowledge and access resources for meaningful Public and Patient Involvement in health research.  We  welcome participation from community organisations, patient groups, researchers, students, health service providers and policy makers. 

2018 Summer School Information

Eventbrite registration is now open  - CLICK HERE

HRB funding award of €348,909 to ‘Ignite’ partnerships for Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in research

Partnerships were developed with community and health sector stakeholders for a successful PPI Ignite Award University of Limerick – €348,909.00. The UL team, led by Professor Anne MacFarlane from the Graduate Entry Medical School, with excellent support from the HRI Core Team, worked closely with community stakeholders from the Limerick City Community Development Programme and Care Alliance Ireland as well as health sector stakeholders from University Hospital Limerick Patient Advocacy Liaison Services and the HSE Community Care office.As a result of this successful, co-designed bid, there will be activities involving UL health researchers, community and health sector stakeholders for: Training in PPI and participatory health research; Networking to collaboratively set research priorities and Progressing policies and procedures to further strengthen the culture for PPI in UL.

Research finds Irish dancers face higher risk of injuries

Dr. Roisin Cahalan has published a study, which examined a cohort of 37 championship level adolescent Irish dancers. Participants were screened at baseline for a host of potential biopsychosocial risk factors, and their injury history for the previous 12 months was recorded. Results showed that 84% of subjects recorded at least one pain/injury during the previous year, with many choosing to dance while in pain or injured. The incidence of injury was up to twice as high in some cases as injury in elite adolescent ballet or contemporary dancers. Proposed explanations include inappropriate technique progression, unique choreographical features, and an over-arduous calendar of competitive events. A prospective study nearing completion will help clarify causal factors in these dancers.

Save the date: 3rd Annual Public & Patient Involvement Summer School

The HRI is delighted to confirm that 3rd Annual Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Summer School will take place at the University of Limerick on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018.
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.

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