Dr Laura Gleeson: “In the lab, you are working towards long-term goals, slowly testing hypotheses and accumulating evidence to answer questions that have never been asked before.”

You are a medical doctor, how did you become interested in research? “I had done my medical degree and my basic medical training at Trinity College D(...)

The overall level of potentially inappropriate prescribing ranged from 45.3 per cent of patients in 2012 to 51 per cent in 2015. Photograph: AFP/Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty

Almost half of older patients are exposed to potentially inappropriate prescribing each year, and the problem gets worse when they are hospitalised, a(...)

The course – which is delivered mainly online – has modules on clinical trials, regulatory affairs and health technology assessments. Photograph: iStock

Do you ever wonder how long it takes to develop a new medicine? Are you interested in understanding what exactly the Health Products Regulatory Author(...)

It is remarkable that until now, Ireland has not had a children’s science centre. Photo: iStock

Imagine the BT Young Scientist for 365 days of the year! Imagine a science centre for young people where they could interact with state-of-the-art exh(...)

 Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan and Minister for Health Simon Harris at the opening of the Dublin hub

A Government-backed initiative that encourages entrepreneurs to collaborate with official bodies such as the HSE to test their products, services and (...)

An international panel of experts in perinatal care had strongly endorsed continuing funding for Infant, which employs 100 people, but following a separate review process it was decided to end the funding. File photograph: Getty Images

A major research centre focused on women and children’s health could face an uncertain future following a decision to cut its funding, Dr Ruth Barring(...)

‘It would actually be lovely to live there, but for me I was miserable working in the Irish health system. It’s hard for me to envision going back there,’ one doctor said.

The unbearable strain of being at the frontline of our broken health system is a major reason for emigrating cited by many of our doctors who move to (...)

The Health Innovation Hub Ireland team at work.

There is a widespread public perception that the Irish health service doesn’t serve people well. Consider the queues in Accident and Emergency depart(...)

An intractable gender imbalance persists at the most senior levels of higher education. Photograph: iStock

The recent rush to balance the university books in order to demonstrate the existence of gender equality has, not surprisingly, proved more complex th(...)

Simon Harris’s department and the Health Research Board (HRB) are currently in the process of establishing the new Health Research Consent Declaration Committee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New regulations signed into law by Minister for Health Simon Harris will allow health research to be carried out using people’s personal data without (...)

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