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School of Medicine scoops 6 HRB Knowledge Transfer Awards

Eight Trinity researchers have received Knowledge Transfer Awards through the Health Research Board (HRB) that supports researchers and knowledge users to work together to shape and deliver knowledge translation activities that will improve the exchange of research findings and/or its translation into policy and practice. Six of the recipients are based in the School of Medicine.

The awardees are from a range of disciplines within the school: Prof. Iracema Leroi (Psychiatry) Prof. Mark Little (Nephrology), Prof. Ursula Fearon (Molecular Rheumatology), Prof. Maeve Caldwell (Physiology), Prof. Martina Hennessy/Gerry Hughes (St. James’s Hospital) and Dr. Jennifer Hoblyn (Psychiatry).

Prof. Mary McCarron (Trinity Centre for Ageing with an Intellectual Disability) was also awarded under the call as was Dr. Frédérique Vallières (Trinity Centre for Global Health). Dr. Clíona Ni Cheallaigh, Consultant (St James’s Hospital) and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin will work alongside Dr. Vallières on her research project, “Translational Simulation for Trauma Informed Care in Acute Medical Settings”.

The prestigious HRB’s Knowledge Transfer Awards or KTAs (formally known as KEDS,) is a supplementary funding scheme open to invited grant holders only.

'Knowledge translation' describes the set of activities involved in moving research and its results from an academic or scientific context to their practical application in health services and health care systems.

A diverse range of research areas have received these awards, including, but not limited to; trauma-informed care for safety and empowerment of patients in acute and emergency settings, empathy-based eLearning outreach programmes for professionals caring for patients with Huntington’s Disease, and a study to engage, educate and encourage participation of patients and family in the understanding and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

The knowledge translation activities from these projects will improve the exchange of research findings and/or its translation into policy and practice.