The Health Research and (HRB) was established by the
Minister for Health under Statutory instrument 2 79 of 1986
and commenced operations on 1st Januaruy 1987. The new
Board, which resulted from the merger of the former Medico
Social Research Board and the Medical Research Council, has
the following designated functions:
1. to promote, assist, commission or conduct medical
2. to promote, assist, commission or conduct such
epidemiological research as may appropriately or
necessarily be conducted at national level and to assist and
support other health agencies in the promotion or conduct
of such research.
3. to promote, assist, commission or conduct health research
and health services research.
4. to liaise and co-operate with other research bodies in
Ireland or elsewhere in the promotion, commissioning or
conduct of relevant research.
5. to undertake such other cognate functions as the Minister
may from time to time determine.
The Board consists of sixteen members appointed by the
Minister for Health. Eight of the members are appointed by
the Minister on the conjoint nomination of University of
Dublin, University College, Dublin, University College, Cork,
University College, Galway, the Royal College of Surgeons in
Ireland and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Of
these eight members, at least one must be a psychiatrist and
at least one an epidemiologist
The Board received an allocation of £2.3 million from the
Department of Health for 1987.
The Health Research Board's activities in 198 7 fell into
five main categories namely: Research Grants, Research Units,
Health information Systems, Epidemiological Studies and
Research Laboratories. As this is the first Annual Report of
the Board some background on each of these activities is