The SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme is an innovative and ambitious research programme in population health and health services research funded by the Health Research Board. Not only is it a research programme, it is also a network: a system for academics, practitioners and public policy makers to converse, collaborate and learn from each other.

Launched in September 2016, the focus of the new SPHeRE blog will be to contribute to discussion on topical issues. It is envisaged that the blog will be updated regularly with new content ranging from public health policy formation and deliberation to health services practice and population health research. The blog will have a range of contributors from individuals across the SPHeRE network.

Should you have any ideas or topics to contribute to the blog, please don't hesitate to contact Martin Davoren at

  1. Volume and outcome in Irish cardiac care - Prof. John Browne, UCC Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
  2. Preventing suicide and self-harm: What works? - Prof. Ella Arensman, Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation
  3. Copayments for prescription medicines: Cens-ible policies? - Dr. Sarah-Jo Sinnott, Post-Doctoral Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  4. Ireland's cigarette taxes: A model for the United States - Dr. Christopher Seitz, Fulbright Scholar, UCC Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,
  5. Barriers To And Facilitators Of Implementing Complex Workplace Dietary Interventions - Dr. Sarah Fitzgerald, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Food Choice at Work
  6. Using Assistive Technology To Support Therapeutic Interventions With People With Dementia - Dr. Louise Hopper, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University
  7. Lifestyle behvaiours for health and wellbeing - Dr Eimear Keane, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway

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