Weekly update

Mindfulness and Multiple Sclerosis Project (2 years Part-time), School of Psychology & Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway: Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a part time, fixed term position as a Researcher (Research Assistant or Postdoctoral Researcher level) in the School of Psychology and Centre for Pain Research at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The position is available at either 40% (2 days or 15.6hrs per week) or 60% (3 days or 23.4hrs per week) depending on candidate experience and suitability. Start date: Position is available immediately. To Apply: Applications to include a covering letter, CV,and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Professor Brian McGuire. Please put reference number NUIG-148-16 in subject line of e-mail application. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday 16th December 2016. For further information click here.
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) next set of Call topics have been finalised. From today, 7th of December IMI will hold webinars on each topic of the IMI 2 10th Call for proposals, as well as on IMI2 rules and procedures. All webinars on the Call topics will feature a presentation by the EFPIA topic coordinator and time for questions and answers. The webinars will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the topics, ask questions to topic coordinators and the IMI Programme Office representatives, and get in touch with potential project partners. For more information on the webinars visit the IMI site.

The 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship Awards Programme is now open for applications.
The fellowships are open to female early-career researchers working in the fields of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences. They will be awarding five outstanding female post-doctoral scientists a bursary of £15,000 which can be used very flexibly. This unique award is designed to provide practical help to aid female post-doctoral in continuing their cutting-edge research. The fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel. Apply online at www.womeninscience.co.uk by the deadline of 25th January 2017.

Irish National Adverse Event Study (INAES) Seminar: It’s not too late to register for the upcoming Irish National Adverse Events Study (INAES) dissemination event which will take place immediately after the National Patient Safety Conference from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday 8th December 2016.  This seminar will focus on several areas, including future adverse events research and policy, paediatric adverse events, and human factors.  Further programme information is available by email. This event is free, however, registration is required and can be completed be clicking here. This event is CPD Accredited.

SPHeRE Network Conference: Places are filling up fast! Don’t forget to register for the 2017 SPHeRE Network Conference: Supporting Solutions: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice which will take place in The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on January 12th, 2017. The registration fee is €50, with a special €25 rate for registered students. Places at the conference are strictly limited,  to register click here.

Save the Date: The HSRUK Symposium will take place on the 6th and 7th July 2017 at Nottingham Conference Centre. Further details to follow. #HSRUKSymposium.
PHHSR Resources

The successes and challenges of implementing individualised funding and supports for disabled people: an Irish perspective. Programme scholar Padraic Fleming led on this recently published article which focuses on how ‘Individualised funding’, which is rooted in the Independent Living Movement, has formed part of a global paradigm shift in support services for disabled people.  To read more click here.
Malnutrition in hospitalised older adults: A multicentre observational study of prevalence, associations and outcomes: Programme scholar Emma O’Shea recently led on this study which evaluated the growing population of older adults globally and how this increase will necessitate substantial developments in care quality across healthcare services for this population. To read more click here.
A National Dementia Registry for Ireland: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland launched a study on December 1st commissioned under the ASI’s expert policy series and conducted by researchers at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University, which provides much-needed information on the feasibility of developing a National Dementia Registry for Ireland. The study assessed the potential for the registry to provide a framework within which to collect information on dementia in a reliable, accurate, valid, complete and timely way, and it explored the potential role a dementia registry could have in our national strategic approach to dementia. You can download a copy of the report here. An accessible summary document is available here.

Irish Times Abroad:  The Irish Times have launched a new series for Irish Times Abroad section on the opportunities worldwide for Irish healthcare workers.  Recent articles in this section cover a number of topics including Irish GPs working abroad and information on where there are jobs for Irish healthcare workers worldwide.  To read more click here.

The new food pyramid: The Department of Health has announced new healthy eating guidelines and a new food pyramid, which stresses eating fruit and vegetables over carbohydrates like bread. The updated food pyramid was announced yesterday by Minister for State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, and is part of the department’s Healthy Ireland initiative – a national framework for action to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. The guidelines are aimed at providing advice on a balanced diet to the general public, and advise limiting high fat, sugar and salty foods to no more than once or twice a week. To read more click here.