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Health Research Annual Report 1988
Health Reseach Board (HRB)
SUMMARY The second year of operation of the Health Research Board has been characterised by a period of consolidation combined with some further rationalisation. At the beginning of the year the Board decided to engage in an execise to review its research activities and to establish research and funding priorities for the future. As part of this process a wide consultation took place with the research community and research users and the feedback received from both individuals and groups proved extremely valuable to the Board in planning its future programmes. Although the funds available to the Board remain severely limited it did prove possible to develop some new research activity through its various grant schemes. A total of 46 new high quality research projects were initiated and funding support for a further 43 on-going research projects was renewed. The support of high quality bio-medical and health research projects is the primary means by which the Board contributes to maintaining a medical and health research capability in Ireland. In addition through the mechanism of its Summer Student grant scheme 35 medical students were afforded an opportunity of becoming familiar with research techniques and of developing an interest in medical research. The Board's Science Degree Scholarship scheme enabled three of our ablest students to complete honours science degrees by availing of an intercalated year in their medical courses. During the course of the year three of the Research Units supported by the Board were the subject of a mid-term review of progress. The Units concerned were Affective Disorders, Female Fertility and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The three specialist Review Committees which examined these Units reported that satisfactory progress had been achieved towards meeting the original objectives set for the Units. Participation was also continued in the extensive U.S. funded joint study of Schizophrenia which is being conducted by the Health Research Board, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Western Health Board. The first report of the Travellers Health Status Study "Census of Travelling People, November 1986" was published in 1988. Despite these achievements the problems of scientific opportunities lost for lack of funds continues to beset the Board. The Board is unable to meet all of the high quality demands for studentships. training fellowships and project grants. To guarantee the continuing viability of a number of the existing schemes an increased investment is needed. In addition there are many opportunities to introduce new schemes of support and fund new developments, which must be taken if Ireland is not to fall seriously behind its fellow Member States. On the International front the Board participated in a new EC initiative pertaining to a Human Genome Mapping Project which was developed as part of the European Commission's Predictive Medicine Programme. Two members of staff of the Board won EC research contracts relating to ( 1 ) the development of a drug reporting system for Dublin with the aid of matching funds from the Department of Health and (2) a Third World collaborative research project aimed at reducing the high mortality rate for children caused by Dengue Virus. Board members and staff continue to play an active part in the relevant Committees of the European Community, the European Science Foundation, the European Medical Research Councils, The World Health Organisation and the Council of Europe. In October 1988 Dr. Vivian O'Gorman took up appointment as Chief Executive to the Board and Mr. John O'Gorman was appointed as Secretary to the Board The Board's first Annual Report was presented to the Minister for Health at a Press Conference held in December 1988. The continuing contribution of those members who served on the Special Committees and Working Groups of the Board in 1988 is gratefully acknowledged.
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Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Health Research Board (HRB) Annual Report and Accounts 1988
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