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 […]

Death Rate Increases due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, by Seamus Coffey

When COVID-19 struck in early 2020 attention quickly turned to the impact the pandemic was having on excess mortality. Excess mortality is a very useful way to measure the total mortality impact of the epidemic. This is because it accounts for the fact that some of the people who died from COVID-19 […]

Covid-19 and Suicide, by Dr Paul Corcoran

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in a wide range of risk factors for suicidal behaviour. The range includes the sudden loss of loved ones, anxiety and fear of infection, job loss and economic uncertainty, social isolation and loneliness, restrictions on healthy activities and on access to health […]