SPHeRE Blog

Ireland’s cigarette taxes: A model for the United States

I dream about Ireland’s tobacco policies being implemented in the United States. Coming from an American assistant professor who researches tobacco control, I must admit that my country is lagging behind Ireland’s cutting-edge, progressive rules aimed at reducing smoking. Ireland is currently ranked second out of 34 European countries for […]

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Vacancies  Research Assistant/Officer: The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) is the professional body for general practice in Ireland. Its core work involves education, training and research in general practice.The ICGP currently wishes to appoint a Research Assistant/Officer.  The aim of the ICGP Research Programme is to develop and support research […]

Copayments for prescription medicines: cents-ible policies?

In Budget 2017, the €25 cap on prescription charges on the Medical Card scheme was reduced to €20 for people over 70 years, effective from March 1st 2017. Why is this important? Good adherence to medicines is difficult for all of us to achieve. Copayments for medicines represent an additional […]

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Vacancies  PhD Opportunity: HRB Funded PhD in Socio-ecological and geospatial analysis of suicide and self-harm clustering, based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health  at UCC, with Prof Ella Arensman (UCC) and Dr Jan Rigby (Maynooth). If you are interested please contact Karen Mulcahy for further details. Training Molecules to Medicines: How […]

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Call for Abstracts Call for Abstracts Reminder: SPHeRE Network 3rd Annual Conference SUPPORTING SOLUTIONS: Connecting Research, Policy & Practice, RCSI, Thursday, 12th January, 2017. Abstract submission closes on 24th of October. For more information on the 2017 SPHeRE Conference click here. Computational and Molecular Biology PhD symposium: The organising committee for the 7th annual Computational and […]

Preventing suicide and self-harm: What works?

Preventing suicide and self-harm: What works? In June and July two major systematic reviews in the area of suicide and self-harm prevention were published in Lancet Psychiatry. One review by Zalsman et al (2016) reported on the evidence base for suicide prevention initiatives over the past ten years. The second […]

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Vacancies  Post Doctoral Researcher in Migrant Health, UL: International evidence shows that minority ethnic groups have poorer health and more difficulties accessing healthcare than majority ethnic groups. The overall purpose of this post is to conduct quantitative research for a Health Research Board funded project on ethnic minority health in Ireland […]

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Vacancies  Faculty of Education & Health Sciences: University of Limerick’s Faculty of Education & Health Sciences is currently recruiting for a Post Doctoral Researcher (Ethnic Minority Health) and a Research Assistant (Ethnic Minority Health). Further information for applicants and application material is available online. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 7th […]

Volume and outcome in Irish cardiac care

The 2nd annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System was released in June 2016 by Ireland’s Department of Health and is available here. This is an excellent resource, prepared to the highest scientific standards, and reflects very well on the report’s authors. It can be used to help […]

Introduction to blog

It’s a pleasure to introduce the SPHeRE Blog. The SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme is an innovative and ambitious research programme in population health and health services research funded by the Health Research Board. SPHeRE is a collaboration between all eight institutions in the Republic of Ireland. […]