The Health and Biomedical Research Centre (HEAL)

News and Events

May 24th 2022

HEAL SRC PI, Dr Allison Gillen’s PhD student Chloe Cox presented her doctoral research at the Next Gen PHE EURASHE 31st Annual Conference in Brussels on “Higher Education for All – Design and delivery of accessible, inclusive full-time online degree programmes for students from under-represented groups.”

May 11th 2022

The Health and Biomedical (HEAL) Centre attended the Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI), Irish Health Research forum on ‘Embedding research into the Irish health service’ on May 11th, 2022 in the Spenser Hotel in Dublin. The event included presentations by Dr Philip Crowley and Dr Ana Terres from the Health Services Executive, Prof Paul Mc Nally, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), Prof Rachel Crowley, St. Vincent’s Hospital/ UCD and Prof Philip Nolan, Director General, SFI. Lots of thought-provoking discussion on the directions needed to provide the Irish health service with the capacity and knowledge required to enhance research design, data and evaluation analysis and implementation to improve health and social care delivery, equity and access and patient outcomes. 

April 28th 2022

The Health and Biomedical (HEAL) Centre contributed to ATU’s Sligo Engineering and Technology Expo on April 28th 2022 highlighting the scope of research expertise and current projects across the 24 members of HEAL. Our research in digital transformation and wearable devices providing effective solutions to healthcare needs was of particular interest to attendees.

March 25th 2022

IT Sligo’s newest strategic research centre, The Health and Biomedical (HEAL) Centre was launched March 25th, 2022 by Minister Frank Feighan, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy.

The HEAL centre aims to significantly address regional research priorities in health and biomedical research and innovation. HEAL will, through undertaking transformative health and biomedical research, innovation and discovery, and training of the next generation of scientists, support the translation of knowledge and innovation for better health and societal outcomes in Ireland and beyond.

Speaking at the launch Minister Feighan said;

“I really welcome the new Health and Biomedical Strategic Research Centre at the IT Sligo. It represents a significant development for education, research and innovation, and the healthcare system. Most importantly, HEAL is a unique asset for citizens and patients throughout the Northwest region. Because of its unique geographic location, HEAL can play a key role in advancing co-operation and collaboration on an all-island basis. This is a key priority for Government and I am committed to improving access and services for those living in the border counties and beyond.”

The project is being led by IT Sligo Professor Suresh Pillai with colleagues Dr Richéal Burns, and Dr Konrad Mulrennan. Working in consultation with several regional and national research centres, Universities, industries, North-West Regional Skills Forum and funding agencies, the team have identified the regional requirements of a strategic research centre.

President of IT Sligo, Dr Brendan McCormack said the region is beginning to attract new health science related industries to the west and northwest:

“The Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) has seen several Research & Development labs in the area of life sciences spring up along the Irish shores of the Atlantic. In the next few years, AEC has the potential to drive significant R&D infrastructure in emerging counties such as Sligo. I wish Professor Suresh and all his team the very best of luck on this ground-breaking project.”

May 11th 2022

The Health and Biomedical (HEAL) Centre attended the Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI), Irish Health Research forum on ‘Embedding research into the Irish health service’ on May 11th, 2022 in the Spenser Hotel in Dublin. The event included presentations by Dr Philip Crowley and Dr Ana Terres from the Health Services Executive, Prof Paul Mc Nally, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), Prof Rachel Crowley, St. Vincent’s Hospital/ UCD and Prof Philip Nolan, Director General, SFI. Lots of thought-provoking discussion on the directions needed to provide the Irish health service with the capacity and knowledge required to enhance research design, data and evaluation analysis and implementation to improve health and social care delivery, equity and access and patient outcomes.