The Health Research Board (HRB) provides direction and funding to support health research in Ireland. By doing so, the HRB underpins the delivery of, and the continued improvement of, our health care system.
The HRB funds research into a wide range of areas. Our funded researchers study diseases like diabetes, cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In Parkinson’s disease we are studying ways to grow nerve cells outside the body which could then be transplanted back into the body. This is just one of our projects on the central nervous system.
In addition to funding research, we also carry out our own research in areas such as mental health, child health and drug misuse. The HRB keeps databases on drug misuse, disability and mental health. By examining this data we can spot trends, and help others plan relevant services where they are needed around the country.
Health research can provide a rich, varied and stimulating career. Health researchers can have a background in nursing, social science, maths, medicine, computers, chemistry, physics or biology.