The research strategy of the College of Medicine and Health at UCC is directed towards the maintenance of physical, mental, and social well-being in society. Our research programmes are focused on the maintenance and restoration of health, through the prevention and treatment of illness. This research spans the causal factors of many illnesses through to their diagnosis, prophylaxis, treatment and cure.
Delivering positive patient benefit is a key driver of our research and is supported by our network of hospitals and associated research centres and institutes. To that aim, the wide variety of research that is being conducted within the College and with our partners is themed and grouped into key diagnostic and therapeutic areas. Enhancing these collaborations with our colleagues in allied colleges in the University, Tyndall National Institute, associated hospitals and National and International research networks are identified as key drivers for our future success. Additionally, the Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at the Mercy University Hospital will facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and will link the patients, through their clinicians, directly back to multiple research, education and training programmes. The recruitment of research active teaching staff is a primary focus for any new open positions.
A key component of this strategy is to optimise the links between the hospital researchers and clinicians and the College of Medicine and Health. This facilitates the targeting of research potential towards maximum patient benefit and aids in
o Giving internal and external visibility to globally recognised thematic areas
o Internal and external benchmarking
o Linking research threads/themes/clinical studies
o Pooling research effort through internal/external partnering
o Building and enhancing core competencies
o Linking the strategy to individual researchers
The mission of the CoMH is to deliver on the three main strategic goals of Research, Lifelong Learning and the Academic Healthcare Centre. All are interlinked and interdependent.
These goals are only achievable through the integration of clinical services, teaching, training and research utilising new and existing clinical and academic infrastructure to the full.