Weekly update


HRB 30-year anniversary conference: On 30th November 2016 the Health Research Board will host the “HRB 30-year anniversary conference”. Irish and international speakers will come together in Dublin Castle, to demonstrate the contribution that health research can make to better health, better patient care and better policy. The full programme can be viewed here. The conference will take place from 9am to 4:30pm at Dublin Castle. To register please click here.

Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Conference 2017: This free one-day event on ‘Career Pathways for Early-Stage Researchers’ held by the Health Research Board Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) post-doctoral network will take place on Wednesday 11th from 2pm to 5.30pm in the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin and is kindly supported by the Health Research Board in conjunction with the SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Network 3rd Annual Conference. This early career research event will bring together early career and more senior researchers and academics for an interesting and informative afternoon of brief presentations and networking activities. For more information and to register to attend this event, please click here. For queries, please contact Elaine Toomey or Karen Matvienko-Sikar.

Behavioural Science – Making a difference: The aim of this conference is to promote high quality research at the interface of psychology, health and medicine, as well as to facilitate social and professional networks among people working in this area. The conference theme is ‘Behavioural Science – making a difference’, and will be of interest to a variety of health professionals, health services and public health researchers, as well as psychologists. Taking place on the 3rd of March 2017 further information will be published soon on the RCSI, Division of Health Psychology webpage and the conference webpage.
EUPATI National Platforms Coordinator (maternity cover): The Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science & Industry (IPPOSI) is recruiting for a part-time National Coordinator with EUPATI (maternity cover): the post will run from January to June 2017, 22 hours per week. The part-time National Coordinator will contribute towards establishing the pan-European National Platform Network from February 2017, advancing the progress of the 18 existing EUPATI National Platforms (ENPs) across Europe and growing new platforms in countries not yet associated with EUPATI. The closing date for applications is Friday, 02 December 2016 at 5pm. For further information please click here.



Introduction to Bayesian analysis in Stata: Psychology Health and Medicine Conference are hosting a full day workshop: Introduction to Bayesian analysis in Stata from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Thursday 2nd March 2017.  Bayesian analysis is becoming more popular in psychology and social sciences. This workshop will introduce attendees to the principles and applications of Bayesian analysis using the Stata statistical software programme. The cost of this workshop is €70 Euro for PSI/BPS members or €90 otherwise. Venue: Library PC Lab, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2. For further details contact Conference Chair, Dr Frank Doyle.

The tyranny of participation? Benefits and guidance on how to get key stakeholders involved in your research: The aim of this workshop is to familiarise participants on participatory tools and techniques that can be used in a variety of research designs.  Facilitated by Dr. Elaine Byrne, Institute of Leadership, RCSI, this workshop will take place from 9.30am to 1pm on 2nd March 2017. Fee: €35 Euro for PSI/BPS members, €45 otherwise. Venue: Psychological Society of Ireland, Grantham Street, Dublin 8. For further details contact Conference Chair, Dr Frank Doyle.
PHHSR Resources

Barriers and facilitators to initial and continued attendance at community-based lifestyle programmes among families of overweight and obese children: a systematic review: programme scholar Emily Kelleher recently led on this systematic review regarding childhood obesity and its significance as a public health issue. While acknowledging that some researchers have shown that childhood obesity is not declining there is a multitude of work showing a slowing down and possible decline in its prevalence. The current plateau is at an unacceptably high level and the costs for children, their families and health services remain substantial. To read more click here.

External validation of the Probability of repeated admission (Pra) risk prediction tool in older community-dwelling people attending general practice: a prospective cohort study: Programme alumnus Emma Wallace led on this study regarding emergency admission and its association with the potential for adverse events in older people and risk prediction models available to identify those at highest risk of admission. The aim of this study was to externally validate and compare the performance of the Probability of repeated admission (Pra) risk model and a modified version (incorporating a multimorbidity measure) in predicting emergency admission in older community-dwelling people. To read more click here.

CSO Irish Health Survey: The first release of the Irish Health Survey provides data on various aspects of health. These include data on the health status of the population, the health care usage of the population, and the health determinants of the population. This survey also allows for the comparison of these figures with other EU countries through the use of a consistent methodology. The full results can be viewed here.

QUESTS Webinar recording now available: Case study of process evaluation alongside a RCT: Sally Wyke, Deputy Director and Interdisciplinary Research Professor at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, delivered the third QUESTS webinar, titled “What?  Why?  How?  A case study of process evaluation alongside an RCT in the evaluation of Football Fans in Training”, on 21st November 2016. View webinar recording.

The Irish Aid Annual Prof. Father Michael Kelly Lecture on HIV and AIDS: Since 2006, Irish Aid has honoured Professor Father Michael Kelly’s achievements through the Annual Professor Father Michael Kelly Lecture on HIV and AIDS, often timed to coincide with World AIDS Day (1st December). This year’s lecture will take place on Monday 5th December from 5pm to 7.30pm and will focus on the theme of “Hands up for #HIVPrevention: Leaving no-one behind”.  This event is free but registration is required and can be carried out here.