The Department of Psychiatry currently consists of a Professor, a Senior Lecturer, two Lecturers and an Administrative Assistant. All consultant psychiatrists in the region hold Honorary Senior Lecturer contracts. There are also several post-doctoral fellows, PhD and MD students working within the Department.
The major activities of the Department include teaching medical students and conducting research. The latter is centered in the Biosciences Institute and is largely focused on translational research into stress and the impact on psychiatric illness such as depression and irritable bowel syndrome. We now have a high quality facility with a wide array of molecular, biochemical and behavioural techniques, run by experienced technicians and several senior post-doctoral scientists. On the clinical side, we have a research psychiatrist, nurse and psychologist.
Our principal sources of research funding over the past five years have been from Science Foundation Ireland through the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, Enterprise Ireland through Food for Health Ireland and the Health Research Board. We have also had a major collaboration with the pharmaceutical giant GSK.