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2 x Summer Scholarships have been awarded

Congratulations to our students Fi Vives Lynch & Clodagh Ryan, for this fantastic achievement! We would like to wish them and their supervisors: Dr Eleanor Hollywood and Dr Eilish Burke every success with their summer research

New research on neuro diversity and addiction to be undertaken in the School to inform the new national drug strategy

Professor Catherine Comiskey and her group members Dr Sonam Banka-Cullen, Dr Dave McDonagh and Ms Sadie Lavelle Cafferkey with contributions from Ms Jessica Eustice-Cook will conduct a systematic review with a meta analysis and a national general population survey to estimate the prevalence, risk and protective factors for people experiencing neurodiversity and using drugs and alcohol. Stakeholders will also be interviewed in this mixed methods study. This will be the first such meta analysis and estimates of the scale of this challenge in Ireland. It is planned that the results will contribute to this topic being addressed in the new national drug strategy planned for 2025. The research has been funded by CityWide.

FUNDING SECURED to conduct an evaluation of the practice and impact of the Comunity Children's programme at MWRSS

Dr Eleanor Hollywood and Tracey O'Neill have secured funding from Meath Women's Refuge and Support Services (MWRSS) to conduct an evaluation of the practice and impact of the Comunity Children's programme at MWRSS.

Meath Women’s Refuge and Support Services (MWRSS) is a domestic violence service for women and children established in 1987 by a group of volunteers and since then it has evolved and developed into the comprehensive service that it is today. The overarching objective of MWRSS is to provide emergency crisis accommodation and supports to women and children who must leave their home due to domestic violence and abuse within the family, and to provide outreach support services to women and children in the community who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

These services are provided in a caring and non-judgemental environment with the core values of being women and child centred, inclusive, accountable, and trustworthy. In 2022 MWRSS provided refuge accommodation to 57 women and 74 children and worked with 131 children in refuge and in the community, an increase of 42% from the previous year. MWRSS also worked with 131 children in refuge and the community in 2022, an increase of 42% from the previous year. Furthermore, MWRSS increased their counselling services significantly providing 525 sessions to 164 women, 76 sessions of play and music therapy to children, an overall increase of 62% in therapeutic services provided in 2022 compared to 2021 (MWRSS 2023).

Trivalent and quadrivalent seasonal influenza vaccine in adults aged 60 and older: a systematic review and network meta-analysis

Dr. Margarita Corry has co-authored a peer reviewed paper in the BMJ evidence based journal that compares influenza vaccines of any valence for adults 60 years of age and older.

New knowledge on the efficacy of influenza vaccines of any valency for adults 60 years and older as reported in a systematic review and network meta-analysis title: Trivalent and quadrivalent seasonal influenza vaccine in adults aged 60 and older: a systematic review and network meta-analysis.

Click here to read the full review

The EuCan Project begins Recruitment

The EuCan project, funded by the Irish Cancer Society, aims to explore the unmet needs of Irish cancer patients from underserved communities. The aim of the study is to create evidence relating to the barriers to, and enablers of, timely access to cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for members of underserved communities. A greater understanding of the needs of individuals from some specific groups, such as people over the age of 65, people with intellectual disabilities, and people with physical disabilities, will be gained as a result of this work.

 

If you are interested in participating in the project and would like to find more information, please visit the TCPHI website

Inaugural Seed Funding Initiative 2023

We would like to congratulate our 3 awardees of the new SNM Seed-Funding Initiative, Dr Louise Lynch, Dr Sunita Panda and Dr Thelma Begley. The purpose of this seed funding is to build research capacity within the SNM, by providing some of the start-up budgetary costs for the development and conduct of new unfunded research projects and by enhancing research-related outputs. The School would like to take the opportunity to wish our awardees every success with their research projects.

On behalf of the entire School Community, I wish to congratulate you all on your fantastic achievement!

Dr. Sharon O'Donnell

PRESS RELEASE

Thursday, 25th April 2024

New research report highlights stark deterioration in mental health of LGBTQI+ people since 2016

-New report on mental health of LGBTQI+ people since 2016 published today by Trinity College Dublin and Belong To-

Ireland’s young LGBTQI+ population are experiencing significant mental health challenges, according to a new report conducted by a team of researchers in Trinity College Dublin and published today (25.04.2024) in association with Belong To - LGBTQ+ Youth Ireland. According to the report, 72% of LGBTQI+ young people – aged 14 to 18 –have self-harmed, as have 75% of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

In 2016, the first ever comprehensive report on the mental health of Ireland’s LGBTQI+ community as well as attitudes of the general public towards LGBTI+ people was conducted by Trinity College Dublin and published in association with Belong To and GLEN. That report, ‘LGBTIreland’ was based on research conducted by a team at Trinity. Now, eight years on, the new report - ‘Being LGBTQI+ in Ireland’ - involving over 2,800 LGBTQI+ people, builds on the findings from that initial report and includes a comparative analysis.

Key findings from the new study indicate that mental health and wellbeing have declined amongst the LGBTQI+ population since 2016, with significant challenges experienced by younger age groups and the transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

 

Amongst the 631 14- to18-year-olds who participated in the study:

Compared to adolescents (12-19 years) in the My World Survey 2*, a national study of youth mental health conducted in 2019 by mental health charity Jigsaw and UCD, LGBTQI+ young people aged14 - 18 in this study had:

 

More details about the study can be found in the report and in the key findings document, on the project website.

“While much progress has been achieved and the majority of LGBTQI+ people over 25 years of age are doing well, the findings continue to highlight that a significant proportion of those under 25 years of age are struggling with their mental health (...) The research has also many positive messages, with many expressing pride in their LGBTQI+ identity, as well as celebrating the connection, solidarity and sense of belonging that being engaged in LGBTQI+ culture and politics engenders"

Professor Agnes Higgins

Mental Health & Recovery Theme Lead

1 School of Nursing PhD scholarship (Full-Time) has been awarded

Congratulations to Isabela Girleanu who has been awarded this prestigious Scholarship. The School would like to take the opportunity to wish her and her supervisors Professor Anne-Marie Brady & Assistant Professor Vanessa Boland, every success with the project. 

1 School of Nursing PhD scholarship (Part-Time) has been awarded

Congratulations to Catherine Roets who has been awarded this prestigious Scholarship. The School would like to take the opportunity to wish her and her supervisor Professor Mary Hughes every success with the project. 

1 Trinity Research Doctorate Award (TRDA) has been awarded

Congratulations to Pavithra Pavithra  who has been awarded this prestigious Scholarship. The School would like to take the opportunity to wish her and her supervisor Dr Eimear McGlinchey every success with the project. 

The 8th International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference to take place on 6th June 24.

Notable national and international scholars will offer philosophical, contemplative, medical, psychological, nursing, organisational, and well-being perspectives to develop insights and strategies to promote well-being and resiliency. Call for abstract details are available here

Late-stage cancer diagnosis for people with intellectual or developmental disability

Dr. Martin McMahon, Professor Philip McCallion, and Professor Mary McCarron from TCAID recently published an Editorial in 'Cancer' entitled:

'An invisible population: Late-stage cancer diagnosis for people with intellectual or developmental disability'

In this Editorial, they discuss recent evidence on how people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are more likely to be diagnosed with metastatic breast (female) and colorectal cancer compared to the general population. They also highlight the urgent need to develop effective strategies aimed at reducing this inequity for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

This thematic area of work is aligned with the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability Strategy 2023 - 2028, which seeks to create care pathways for poorly understood diseases such as cancer in older people with intellectual disability.

Click here to access the Editorial