January 2019 - Dr. Sabrina Anjara spoke at the National Senior Police Officers Meeting in Jakarta
At the invitation of Indonesia’s National Police Chief, Dr Sabrina Anjara (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Co-Lead Project, Health Systems) spoke at the National Senior Police Officers Meeting in Jakarta, on 31 January 2019. Sabrina presented the results of her recent research at the University of Cambridge. During her trip, Sabrina was also invited to speak at the Coordinating Ministry of Politics, Law, and Security with distinguished members of the audience representing institutions such as the Ministry of Communication & Information, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
UCD Health Systems Research Showcase
On the 24th October 2018 the UCD Health Systems Research Group hosted its first research showcase event in the UCD Charles Institute, Belfield, Dublin 4. The purpose of the Showcase was to present the range of current Health Systems research projects to our health services and other partners, and to offer an opportunity for discussion of future research areas and collaborations. Please click on this link to read brief summaries about selected projects and explore Health Systems webpage for more information on relevant research activities.
October 2018 - Prof Eilish McAuliffe visiting the Australian Institute for Health Innovation
Prof Eilish McAuliffe visiting the Australian Institute for Health Innovation where she met with Prof Jeffrey Braithwaite, Founding Director of AIHI and Director of Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS) and Prof Johanna Westbrook, Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research (CHSSR) and members of their research teams. Pictured here with Dr Robyn Clay-Williams, Senior Research Fellow and Lead for Human Factors & Resilience Research, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS).
June 2018 - Prof Eilish McAuliffe, Health Systems Group, UCD visits WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan, to discuss research and development issues related to Assistive Technology.
HRB-TMRN 3rd Trial Methodology Symposium in Dublin
On the 20th October 2017 the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) and UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems hosted its 3rd ‘Trial Methodology Symposium’ in the Radisson Blu, St Helens Hotel, Dublin. The purpose of the Symposium was to stimulate discussions between scientists, citizens, research organisations, journalists and other media personnel to think more deeply about the parts we can all play in ensuring that our science connects with society in a meaningful and transparent way. The Symposium was officially launched by Dr Mairead O Driscoll, interim CEO of the Health Research Board (HRB), followed by Dr Sandra Galvin, Programme Manager of the HRB-TMRN. The theme of this year’s Symposium was“Transparency in Trials”.
The HRB-TBRN is a successful, well recognised national support network. It is a collaborative initiative between several Irish and international higher education institutes and methodology centres led by Professor Declan Devane, NUI Galway. Its objective is to strengthen the methodology and reporting of trials in health and social care in Ireland so that they become more relevant, accessible and influential for patients and other support users, practitioners, policy makers and the public.
A list of notable, high-caliber speakers were presenting at this Symposium, including Dr. Ben Goldacre, a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, Dr. Síle Lane from Sense About Science who highlighted the important AllTrials campaign, Dr Richard Morey, Cardiff University, who discussed the role of reviewers in increasing transparency in trials, Dr. Trish Groves from the British Medical Journal who covered why, when and how should trialists share clinical trial data and, finally, Dr. Teresa Maguire from the Department of Health, spoke about the role of evidence-informed decision making in health nationally.
Also contributing at this event were the four HRB-TMRN PhD scholars who are the first national cohort of PhD students specifically working on the topic of trial methodology.
L-R: Ms. Marina Zaki, Ms. Caroline Hurley, Dr. Ben Goldacre, Ms. Aislinn Conway, Ms. Jessica Power
Presentation on the Sláintecare Report
As part of the Health Sciences Summer School Róisín Shortall T.D and Chairperson of the Special Committee on the Future of Healthcare presented on the Sláintecare report. Following the presentation there was a panel discussion chaired by Prof. Eilish McAuliffe with contributions from those working in the system and members of the public:
Mr Eugene Callan, Disability Federation of Ireland Public representative on the SAFE Project - Systematic Approach to Improving care for Frail Older patients
Dr Diarmuid O Shea, Consultant physician in medicine for the elderly and head of department in St Vincent's University Hospital and clinical lead on the National Programme for Older Persons with the Health Service Executive
Róisín Shortall T.D and Chairperson of the Special Committee on the Future of Healthcare. Watch video
Attendance at the UL Public and Patient Involvement in Research Summer School
Dr Éidín Ní Shé recently attended the UL Public and Patient Involvement in Research Summer School that was held at the University of Limerick on 22-23 June 2017. Éidín was presented with a copy of the recently published UL Engage report that she had contributed to on 'Creating Community Research Partnerships-Field Notes from the 'Count Me in' Project' by Alphonse Basogomba and Associate Professor Maura Adshead (pictured).
European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology 2017 Congress
As part of the Co-Lead research programme, Ms Una Cunningham (pictured) presented a poster based on her on-going research at the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) in Dublin on May 19, 2017. The title of the poster: 'Understanding the factors that enable Irish healthcare teams to work effectively: A realist approach - Stage 1 Building Programme Theory'.
At the same conference, Dr Aoife De Brún presented a paper based on a social network analysis study within the Co-Lead research programme. The title of the paper: 'Using social network analysis to map leadership networks in a new hospital group: Does collective leadership emerge?'.
BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety
Dr. Aoife De Brún presented at the BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety in London, UK, 26 - 28 April 2017. Poster presented as part of the Co-Lead research programme: A qualitative analysis of the early functioning of a newly established hospital network: Understanding experiences of hospital integration at leadership level.
From care spaces to caring systems - TEDx talk at Queen Margaret University
On April 21, 2017 Professor Thilo Kroll, Professor of Health Systems Management, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, delivered a talk about the importance of supporting families in pluralistic and dynamic societies: From care spaces to caring systems.
This talk was given at a TEDx event in Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Please click on this link to watch the presentation.
Exchange Visits between Staff from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and the School of Nursing, Meru University in Kenya
Dr. Gabrielle O'Kelly, Programme Director, Higher Diploma in Mental Health, and Dr. Purity Mwendwa, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, recently travelled to Meru University in Kenya to explore the possibility of establishing a collaboration between UCD and Meru University. Two members of staff from the School of Nursing in Meru University, Dr Naomi Mutea, the Dean of the School and MaryJoy Kaimuri then paid a return visit early in April. Meru University welcomed its first cohort of B.Sc. Nursing students in January of this year and the University is keen to collaborate with nursing programmes that are well established. This visit was made possible through the award of the ESTHER Ireland Small Grant Scheme, a European initiative that involves the twinning of European institutions with those in developing countries to strengthen health care services by building expertise and sharing experience. Because UCD keeps an external focus, seeking to lead and shape agendas through alliances and partnerships with its peers, nationally and internationally, it is envisioned that such a partnership will serve to fulfil this mission and enhance UCD’s reputation as Ireland’s Global University.
L-R: Prof. Gerard Fealy, Dr. Naomi Mutea, Prof. Eilish McAuliffe, Ms. Maryjoy Kaimuri, Dr. Gabrielle O'Kelly, Dr. Purity Mwendwa.
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Africa Health Agenda International Conference
Dr. Purity Mwendwa presented a paper at the Africa Health Agenda International Conference held from 7th - 9th March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Title of the Paper: "Assessing the demand for community health workers’ social support: Perspectives of mothers in rural Rwanda".
1st National Patient Safety Conference
Dr. Éidín Ní Shé and Karen Egan delivered presentation on Medical Professionalism in Relation to Safety: Junior Doctors’ Experiences in Practice at the 1st National Patient Safety Office conference on 7th and 8th December 2016. Please click here to view the presentation.
HRB 30-year Anniversary Conference
Professor Eilish McAuliffe delivered a speech about challenging cultures and systems at the HRB National Health Research Conference. The conference took place in Dublin Castle on November 30, 2016. Please click on this link to watch Prof. McAuliffe's presentation. The conference programme can be viewed at this link.
2nd Annual HRB-TMRN Trial Methodology Symposium
Ms. Marina Zaki (HRB-TMRN PhD Scholar, UCD) and Mr. David Farrar (HRB-TMRN Summer Scholar, UCD) presented their research in the 2nd Annual HRB-TMRN Trial Methodology Symposium in October, 2016 in the Kingsley hotel in Cork. Please click on this link to watch a few minute video clip on event's highlights.
Research Conversations in UCD, MMUH and SVUH
A new series of ‘research conversations’ has begun in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St Vincent’s University Hospital and the College of Health Sciences in UCD. These conversations are open to all staff across the healthcare disciplines in the hospitals and the college and are intended to help foster research communities and collaborations across these sites.
We welcome those who are currently undertaking research as well as those who have not engaged with research for some time and would like to rekindle their interest. The conversations are open to any member of staff interested in hearing about what research is going on as well as those who have ideas for research and would like some support to get their ideas off the ground or to connect with potential collaborators. Thank you to Dr Alison Buick, Dr Aoife DeBrún, Dr Deirdre O'Donnell, Dr Denise O'Leary and Dr Éidín Ní Shé for sharing their knowledge and insights and to all those from the schools and hospitals who have participated to date!
Global Health Realist Group gives workshop on realist methods
Members of the Global Health Realist Group from CGH ran a workshop through the HRB - Trials Methodology Research Network at UCD O'Brien Centre fo Sciences on February 25th, 2016. During this workshop Centre for Global Health staff introduced realist methodology, and provided examples of their own work using realist reviews and realist evaluations in global health.
The Global Health Realist Group aims to provide a space for academics and practitioners interested in realist methodology in global health to collaborate, learn together, and work towards the advancement of these research methodologies. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information, please read more here, or join the LinkedIn group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launch of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN)
On the 24th and 25th of September 2015, the launch of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network took place in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. The network (HRB-TMRN) is a new, collaborative initiative between a number of Irish and international higher education institutes and methodology centres. Its mission is to strengthen the methodology and reporting of trials in health and social care on the island of Ireland so that they become more relevant, accessible and influential for patients and other service users, practitioners, policy makers and the public. This will be achieved through a programme of work relating to the methodology of trials and focussed on (i) support (ii) training and education and (iii) research and innovation.
The Director of the network, Professor Declan Devane, the Co-Ordinator, Dr. Sandra Galvin, along with the Executive Committee, and CEO of the HRB, Dr Graham Love, welcomed all attendees to the official launch. Professor Eilish McAuliffe, Head of Health Systems in UCD and Ms. Marina Zaki, who has recently started her PhD programme in the UCD Health Systems group, attended the event and met with the other participants and PhD students from the network’s partner sites.
Sir Iain Chalmers, Co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration was keynote speaker and gave an interesting account of “The James Lind Library: Illustrating the Evolution of Fair Tests of Treatments”. The PhD students associated with the network also gave brief presentations on their research. Day two of the event was dominated by a series of parallel workshops on a variety of topics related to the conduct of trials from Sample Size Calculations to Studies within a Trial/Review (SWATS/SWARS) to Health Behaviour Change Strategies for Clinical Trials.
Above: Prof. Eilish McAuliffe, UCD Health Systems and Prof. Declan Devane, Director of the HRB-TMRN.
Below L-R: Ms. Marina Zaki, PhD student in Health Systems, UCD I Ms. Jessica O’Dowd, PhD student, TCD I Ms. Lydia Emerson, MRC-HTMR PhD Student, Queen’s University, Belfast I Sir Iain Chalmers, Co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration I Ms. Aislinn Conway, PhD student, NUIG I Ms. Caroline Hurley, PhD student, UCC.
Marina Zaki (on the left of the picture above) is the UCD PhD scholar working on the HRB-TMRN. She obtained her BSc. (Pharmacology) from the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences in UCD in 2013, carried out her BSc. Research project in the University of Copenhagen (Erasmus) and was awarded her MSc. (Translational Medicine) from King’s College London in 2015. The focus of Marina’s PhD project will be looking at bringing awareness to the benefits of statistician involvement from the beginning of clinical trials; the roles they play, their impact on the conduct of trial designs, decision making, reporting and the publication of trial results. Marina is studying under the supervision of Professor Eilish McAuliffe with co-supervisors Dr. Marie Galligan (Biostatistician and Clinical Research Tutor, School of Medicine, UCD) and Professor Declan Devane (Director of the HRB-TMRN and Professor of Midwifery, NUI Galway).
For additional information on the HRB-TMRN visit http://www.hrb-tmrn.ie/