UCD Health Systems is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a PhD Scholarship in the Health Research Board (HRB) funded Trial Methodology Research Network (TMRN) to allow full time research towards a Structured PhD. This particular Scholarship is provided by the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems at University College Dublin.
These are exciting and challenging times for clinical trials. The number and variety of treatments continues to grow, increasing pressures on researchers to determine how these compare to current treatments, while rising costs and regulation can make trials expensive and complex. However, as pressure on resources grows, there is more demand for reliable and robust evidence on the benefits, harms and costs of health care, so that people can make informed choices. This backdrop means that we need high quality research to ensure that the right trials are done, in the right ways and reported fairly and clearly.
The HRB-TMRN is a partnership between NUI Galway, University College Cork, University College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Leeds. The overall mission of the HRB-TMRN is to strengthen trial methodology and reporting on the island of Ireland, through a programme of work, which will also impact elsewhere in the UK and internationally. This will be achieved through a focus on three high-level activities relating to the methodology of trials (i) support (ii) training and education and (iii) research and innovation.