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 Claire Collins at claire.collins@ucc.ie . 

  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
  8. Darkness Into Light: Not just a fundraiser, but a psychological intervention for those bereaved by suicide - Michelle Kearns, Centre for Social Issues Research, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick
  9. Treating A Mildly Underactive Thyroid – Levothyroxine May Not Be The Answer - Ms. Caroline Hurley, Dr. Anne-Marie O’Flynn and Prof. Patricia Kearney, UCC Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
  10. Spousal Relationships, Relationship Quality And Sexual Activity in Middle and Older Age - Ms. Joanna Orr, Trinity College Dublin
  11. Smoking Prevalence and Attributable Burden - Dr. Zubair Kabir, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC
  12. Fine Motor Skill Development and the 21st century Child -  Mr. David Gaul, Multisensory Motor Learning Laboratory, Dublin City University
  13. Adolescent health: behaviours, outcomes and social context - Dr. Colette Kelly, Lecturer and Project investigator, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway
  14. Unmet Need For Bariatric Surgery In Ireland - Ms. Kate O’Neill, PhD Student, ESPRIT, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork
  15. Testing Times Ahead For The Irish Healthcare System? A Behaviour Change Intervention Targeting Test Ordering In Primary Care - Dr Sharon Cadogan, Teaching Fellow in Epidemiology, Imperial College London
  16. Resistant Hypertension? One In Three Cases May Be Due To Non-Adherence - Hannah Durand, PhD Candidate, Medication Adherence across the Lifespan (MEDAL) Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
  17. Key Discoveries In Understanding The Immune Response To TB - Dr Mary O’Sullivan, Associate Research Lecturer and Dr Seónadh O’Leary, Senior Research Fellow, TB Immunology Group, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute
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