Irish Health Research Forum (IHRF)
In 2014, we commissioned a report on the health research landscape in Ireland. This report was written by Professor Bernie Hannigan and drew on extensive research undertake by Prof. Hannigan and a survey of health researchers undertaken by HRCI. The report dealt with many important topics, including research funding, legislation, researcher careers and patient involvement and the findings remain relevant today. It made a number of insightful recommendations, including an overarching recommendation to establish an Irish Health Research Forum (IHRF) – a mechanism to provide a single Irish voice for research to improve health.
We enthusiastically took on the task of establishing the IHRF, gathering together key organisations and stakeholders with an interest in health research and establishing a Steering Group to oversee activities.
With guidance and support from the IHRF Steering Group, we organise two Forum meetings a year. These meetings bring together researchers, health research charities, patient representatives, funders, policy makers and many other stakeholders, to discuss keys issues and to shape future health research policy.
We encourage you to explore the IHRF section of our website for more information and to get in touch if you would like to be involved.