No major changes in psychiatric inpatient census
2,308 patients were resident in Irish psychiatric units and hospitals on Census night (31 March 2019) according to the latest report from the HRB
Health research in action
Get a good sense of some of the discoveries and outcomes that the HRB is supporting across many areas of health.
HRB publishes latest outputs and outcomes report
Find out more about the emerging impacts from our €47 million investment in 187 awards that were completed during 2016 and 2017.
HRB publishes latest drug-related deaths figures
Mixing drugs, alcohol and prescribable drugs continue to dominate poisoning deaths.
Laying foundations for secure data linkage to improve health
HRB fund a pilot project to design and develop the infrastructure needed to share and link health data securely.
HRB investment in Research Leaders proves successful
New HRB report evaluates the impact of a €38 million investment to develop research leaders across numerous health specialties in the past 15 years.
Alcohol treatment in Ireland 2018
Latest HRB figures show seven-in-ten cases were already dependent on alcohol when presenting for treatment.
HRB report sharp rise in cocaine treatment
The latest drug treatment figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) show a 50% increase in the number of cases presenting for cocaine treatment between 2017 and 2018.
Supporting GPs knowledge for better patient care
GPs make hundreds of diagnostic and management decisions each week. New HRB-funded research aims to support GPs to make these decisions, in partnership with patients, using the most recent, high-quality evidence.
Evidence to inform health system change in the public interest
Work has begun on a new HRB-funded project that will help guide the design and roll-out of the new Regional Integrated Care Areas (RICAs) announced by Minister Simon Harris in July 2019.
Better transition to adult health services for young people with cerebral palsy
A new HRB-funded research project will look at international evidence and Irish experiences to improve transition care for young people with cerebral palsy (CP) as they move to adult health services.
New HRB study examines alcohol-related harms in Ireland
Binge drinking among low to moderate risk drinkers accounts for most alcohol-related harm in the population.
Supporting patients to make the best lifestyle choices
A new HRB-funded research project will provide evidence that will help to guide and shape the roll out of the Health Service Executive's Make Every Contact Count programme.
Fire-related deaths in Ireland: HRB publishes new research
Older people, single people, men and those living in rural areas are at higher risk of dying in residential fires. Alcohol is a factor in more than half of fatal fires in Ireland.
Drugs and road user fatalities
The HRB is collaborating with the Road Safety Authority and Medical Bureau of Road Safety to examine the presence of drugs among road user fatalities.
Find out more about the ways we provide data to inform research, practice and policy.Other ways our drug death data is used
HRB welcomes appointment of two new board members
Professor Seamus Donnelly, Professor of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin and Tracy Cunningham, Clinical Head of Late Projects, Oncology R&D, AstraZeneca have been appointed to the HRB Board.
HRB-funded research shows early parenting programme significantly increases parental competence and wellbeing
The ENRICH programme involved a five-year research investigation and was delivered to almost 400 parents and their 0-2 year old children in West Dublin and Louth.
What results in shorter hospital stays for the elderly?
Having the right care in the community close to them according to a new report from the ESRI as part of a HRB funded project.
Clinical research infrastructure in Ireland
HRB publishes a 10-year review of investment in clinical research infrastructure to inform future investment in the area.
Observers at HRB panel reviews to begin September 2019
'After an overwhelmingly positive response to the HRB proposal to consider allowing observers to attend panel meetings, the first batch of observer invites have been sent to research offices at Host Institions around the country', says Dr Anne Cody, Head of Pre-Award, HRB.
Have your say on the direction of EU research and innovation
The European Commission invites anyone with an interest in future EU research and innovation priorities to participate in a public consultation process via an online survey. The consultation is open until 8 September 2019.
HRB report latest data on psychiatric admissions and discharges
There were 17,000 admissions to Irish psychiatric hospitals and units during 2018. This represents an increase of 257 from 2017. Depression, schizophrenia, mania, neurosis and alcoholic disorders account for over two-thirds of all admissions.
HRB invest €8 million in new health research
Self-harm, stroke, breast cancer and diabetes are just some of the topics to be addressed by emerging investigators.
Digital animation series and mental health of young people
The videos feature the voices and stories of young people who have experienced anxiety, bullying, not fitting in, depression and loneliness.
'These are simple stories about complex issues, honestly told', says Dr Darrin Morrissey, Chief Executive, HRB.Read more about the videos
Study opportunity in the United States
National Cancer Institute (NCI) - HRB Fellows study and work in the US for three years with a further one year of support when they return to Ireland.
Dr Maeve Mullooly recently returned to Ireland from her time abroad. Read about her research and the opportunities that the Fellowship opened for her.Read more - Dr Maeve Mullooly
Drug treatment in Ireland 2011 to 2017
A total of 8,922 cases were treated for problem drug use in 2017. Opiates, mainly heroin, remain the most common drug reported among cases treated followed by cannabis, cocaine and benzodiazepines. A marked increase in cocaine cases was noted in 2017.
HRB welcomes appointment of the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee
Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, has appointed 15 people to the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee (HRCDC).
Alcohol treatment in Ireland 2011 to 2017
Latest alcohol treatment figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) show 55,675 cases were treated for problem alcohol use in Ireland between 2011 and 2017.
New scheme to support emerging clinician scientists
The Emerging Clinician Scientist Award is designed give people the opportunity to take the first step on an independent research career path.
This new scheme is part of a revised approach by the HRB to support a specific research career path for health and care practitioners.New health research career paths
Drug-related deaths in 2016
More than two people died each day in Ireland during 2016 as a result of poisoning, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use.
Prescription drugs, cocktails of drugs and alcohol play significant roles in reported deaths.Download the report
HRB Impact Award winner
Professor Mary McCarron wins the first HRB Impact Award for her pioneering research about the lives of people with intellectual disability.
New Bill for national research ethics committies
The cabinet has approved proposals for a Bill to support a mixed model national research ethics committee (REC) system.
Artificial intelligence and cervical cancer screening
Congratulations to Laura O'Sullivan from Cork who won the HRB special prize at this year's BT Young Scientists exhibition.
Open access - help shape national policy
The National Open Research Forum (NORF) in conjunction with the Royal Irish Academy, will host a meeting on Tuesday 22 January 2018 about Plan S - an EU wide initiative to make open access publishing a reality.