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The Pillar

Centre for Transformative Healthcare
27 Apr 2022

Irish Health Research Forum meeting – Wednesday 11th May, 2022


HRCI is delighted to welcome attendees back to an in-person Irish Health Research Forum meeting on May 11th.

This event will bring together researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, policy makers, funders, industry representatives and many more, to consider how we can instil a culture of research within the Irish health service. A portion of the morning will involve discussion groups, enabling you to share your perspectives and providing a much-needed chance for in-person chat and networking.

Due to the discussion-based nature of the event, a hybrid option is not possible. However, we will record the talks and share them afterwards.

We are charging for some categories of tickets as we are a charity & need to cover some of the event costs. However, if you believe you would have a strong contribution to make to this event but can’t access the necessary funds, please get in touch.

Event Agenda


9.30am Registration and Networking Opportunity


10.00am Welcome Address

Dr Mark White; Vice-President for Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies, Waterford Institute of Technology

10.05am HRCI welcome

Dr Avril Kennan; Chief Executive Officer, HRCI

10:10am Supporting research within the HSE

Dr Ana Terres; Head of Research and Evidence, Assistant National Director, HSE

Dr. Philip Crowley, National Director of Strategy and Research, HSE

10.30am Research at the centre of children’s care: Children at the centre of research

Prof Paul McNally; Director, Research & Innovation, Children’s Health Ireland / Associate Professor of Paediatrics, RCSI University of Medicine & Health Sciences / Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, CHI

10.50am Discussion Groups


11.20am Coffee break and networking


11.40am Discussion Group Feedback

12.10pm Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

Chair: Prof Rachel Crowley, Consultant Endocrinologist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital and Clinical Professor, UCD

Panel members

Prof Philip Nolan, Director General SFI

Dr Sarah McLoughlin, Patient Advocate

Dr Andy Franklyn Miller, Director of Research and Rehabilitation, Sports Surgery Clinic


13.00pm Conference close