SPHeRE Blog

Networking at the European Stroke Organisation Conference

Geraldine O’Callaghan, Clare Fitzgerald and Patricia Hall, three second year SPHeRE PhD scholars, who are part of the iPASTAR  (improving pathways for acute stroke and rehabilitation) CDA, were delighted to represent Irish Stroke Research at this year’s European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) in beautiful Lyon, France. This was a hybrid […]

A Pharmacist Amongst Paramedics – by Edel Burton

An account of a SPHeRE national placement in the National Ambulance Service Clinical Directorate Edel Burton is a second year SPHeRE Scholar and Clinical Pharmacist who carried out her SPHeRE national placement in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) Clinical Directorate, in Dooradoyle, Limerick from March-May 2022. Edel’s placement supervisor was […]

Health Technology Assessment of Medicines in Ireland, by Dr Caroline Walsh

The role of the NCPE, the HTA process and European collaborations Dr Caroline Walsh, SPHeRE cohort 2016-2020 Health Technology Assessor, National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE)   Health Technology Assessment (HTA) involves the assessment of evidence of comparative effectiveness, safety, cost-effectiveness and potential budget impact of health technologies for use by […]

STEERing Environmental Epidemiology in Ireland, by Dr Paul Hynds and Dr Jean O’Dwyer

The study of infectious disease represents a complex, multi-disciplinary, data-driven pursuit to better understand the patterns and drivers of these infections. In recent years, the role of the natural environment and socio-dynamics have added another lens through which to elucidate the epidemiology of disease. In the Republic of Ireland, diverse […]

Low-Cost Monitoring of Local Air Quality and Public Health, by Dr Dean Venables

Air pollution is by far the most serious public health problem caused by environmental factors[1] and causes over 400,000 premature deaths in Europe each year.[2] Although air quality in Ireland is mostly good, winter evenings are an exception. At these times, air quality deteriorates sharply as burning of solid fuels […]