CDA - Chronic Disease Prevention

Collaborative Doctoral Award in CDP

Health Research Board Structured Population and Health Services Research Education (SPHeRE) 

Director: Professor Molly Byrne, National University of Ireland, Galway

Co-Director: Professor Patricia Kearney, University College Cork

This collaborative doctoral award includes six PhD scholars, who are registered in University College Cork (UCC), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and University College Dublin (UCD).

The programme focuses on the prevention of chronic disease across the lifespan and across the spectrum from wellness to disease, using the most common chronic diseases in Ireland as the research focus. This programme aims to make graduates future national and international leaders in evidence-based chronic disease prevention research, research implementation and policy development. PhD scholars on this programme complete all SPHeRE modules and other trainings, as well as tailored chronic disease prevention components.

A transdisciplinary consortium, including clinical therapies, health psychology, nursing, medicine, and implementation science is involved in the delivery of  the CDP-CDP. The consortium includes national leaders and internationally recognised experts in diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease prevention.

The following are the six projects being undertaken by the PhD scholars on the Collaborative Doctoral Programme in Chronic Disease Prevention:

1. Implementing digital diabetes prevention interventions to improve patient engagement and promote scale-up (University College Cork)

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2. Acute stroke/transient ischaemic attack care during a pandemic: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on acute stroke care in Ireland and implications for future policy and service delivery (University College Cork)

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3. Optimising digital cardiac rehabilitation using the multiphase optimisation strategy (MOST) (National University of Ireland, Galway)

4. Development, implementation, and evaluation of a system-level diabetes prevention intervention for women with a gestational diabetes history in Ireland (University College Dublin)

5. Developing and implementing an eHealth cardiovascular prevention programme using a collaborative user-centred design process (National University of Ireland, Galway)

6. SUSTAIN T2DM: Supporting long-term self-management of type 2 diabetes                       (National University of Ireland, Galway)



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