242016Oct
Paediatric research gets €1 million investment by the National Children’s Hospital Foundation (NCHF), Tallaght

Paediatric research gets €1 million investment by the National Children’s Hospital Foundation (NCHF), Tallaght

The National Children’s Hospital Foundation, Tallaght has announced a research funding programme for paediatric research in collaboration with the Health Research Board. The programme, launched today, provides €1 million from the NCHF for three national paediatric research projects that will benefit patients of the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght and those involved in the delivery of care to its patients. The Health Research Board will manage the process to select the best research proposals. Proposals for paediatric research are invited in clinical, population health and health services research.

Speaking at the funding announcement today, Chairman Murrough McMahon said,

“The National Children’s Hospital Foundation has invested in paediatric research over many years at Tallaght and we view that this investment in three national paediatric research projects will greatly enhance the body of knowledge on children’s illnesses, their care and cure in a real and practical way.    With the imminent establishment of a new paediatric hospital on the site of St James Hospital, as well as two new Satellite centres at Tallaght and Blanchardstown, we hope that this investment will not only greatly benefit our own patients at the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght but all sick children.”

“We are delighted to work in collaboration with the Health Research Board on this initiative” said Mr McMahon, “as this alliance ensures that all elements of this paediatric funding programme are operated at the highest standards of international practice, and aside from the benefits it will bring to the patients and staff of the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght, it will hopefully help in the development of a national paediatric research culture” he concluded.

According to Mairead O’Driscoll, Director of Research Strategy and Funding at the HRB,

“We are delighted to work in partnership with the NCHF to support paediatric research. As with all of our funding, our goal will be to ensure that we select the very best research proposals that will deliver the most benefit to patients”.

More details about the research call ‘The National Children’s Hospital Foundation/ Health Research Board Funding Scheme 2017’ and how to apply can be found on the HRB website at www.hrb.ie/grants