The CoMH has identified a number of areas that have the necessary critical mass; interdisciplinarity; extensive collaboration; national and international profile; earning capacity; strategic focus and potential to generate clinical/industrial innovation in healthcare.
The aim is to grow these areas to the point where they can be recognised as Research Institutes over a five year period through extensive collaboration. Five years is not a long time so the choice of themes was based on those with the greatest growth potential.
Some areas of research find themselves outside these five themes but all research within the College is supported. The major focus will be on these thematic areas in order to create critical mass. Research based on individual effort will always continue and be supported. Deans of Schools actively encourage collaborative interdisciplinary research, particularly when guiding younger academic staff.
The five thematic areas are:
1. Food Health
2. Women’s and Children’s Health
3. Public Health and Health Services Research
4. Cancer Research
5. Simulation and Medical Devices
These research areas have been chosen as they represent the current and predicted strengths in research. The APC is a long established and globally recognised research centre with prodigious outputs in an arena that UCC is a renowned leader. The Women’s and Child Health amalgamates successful recognised researchers from both Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecological research areas to focus on common themes in this increasingly important research area. The Public Health and Health Services Research is underpinned by national and internationally recognised outputs in Public Health Research and the recent support, under PRTLI5, of a National Health Services Research Institute in the Western Gateway Building. A strong background in Cancer Research at UCC through basic research and the translational research undertaken by the Cork Cancer Research Centre is the basis for our promotion of this key therapeutic research area. Finally the strong links between the School of Medicine teaching unit, the Tyndall Institute and the Device Industry fuel the positioning of the College of Medicine and the University in this significant emerging area that will dictate surgical practices and procedures in the future