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International Engagement

Researchers in the SNHS have developed a number of national and international research collaborations. Please click on each research interests and expertise area to reveal more details. 

Living Well with Illness, Disability and Technology

  • University of Salford, UK
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • University of Bristol, UK
  • University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  • University of Indiana, USA
  • University of Oregon, USA
  • Johns Hopkins University, USA

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact Professor Pamela Gallagher or Dr Veronica Lambert.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.

Cognitive and Behavioural Neurosciences

 We have a number of collaborations with international centres and institutions:

  • Maastricht University (FP-7 Partners): INMINDD project. 
  • Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece and Department of Medical Pharmacology, Psychopharmacology Research Unit, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey, collaborating on psychopharmacology PhD projects. 
  • International Energy Research Centre, Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Dyke Parage, Cork Ireland, where IERC provided financial and industry support for the INSIGHT led ‘Optimal Human-Machine Interfaces for the Residential Market’ project. 
  • ISIS Outcomes, Oxford Innovation in public health and primary care, University of Oxford, UK, where colleagues collaborate on a placebo analgesia project; 
  • Center for Gifted Education, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA, where colleagues collaborate on an Executive Function and Giftedness project. 
  • School of Law, Manchester University, UK and School of Law, Open University, where colleagues collaborate on a neuroethics project. 

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact:

Clinical/Cognition/Applied: Professor Teresa Burke, Dr Lorraine Boran or Dr Sinead Smyth.

Pre-Clinical: Dr Stella Vlachou.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.

Child Health
  • We have just published a report on the Irish child health system, as part of an international comparison of child health care systems. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27666279
  • Autism Prevalence - We recently completed a study entitled “Autism Counts” https://www.dcu.ie/news/2016/apr/s0416b.shtml which sheds new light on the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ireland.  Released on the eve of World Autism Day
  • (Saturday 2nd April 2016), the study, funded by Irish Autism Action, estimates the incidence of autism in Ireland at a minimum of 1% of the population, similar to rates from recent studies in the USA and the UK.
  • Autism in the EU. A new pan European project ASDEU https://www.dcu.ie/news/2015/feb/s0215a.shtml is underway with partners across Europe.
  • We are recently completed a comprehensive  study of teenagers’ diet and exercise behaviours in Irish post-primary schools and published our first report from this work https://www.dcu.ie/news/2016/august/s0816i.shtml
  • A cross-cultural collaboration called “Shape Up Your School” with Danish students is on-going at this time.  This study is in collaboration with researchers at the Steno Institute in Denmark and is part of the EU funded DEDIPAC network.
  • Working on the Child Health piece of  Bridge Health (http://www.bridge-health.eu/), a major project  on child health information in Europe.
  • Wroking on MIDAS, a project which is just starting out, on sharing health information for knowledge generation across Europe.

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact Dr Mary Rose Sweeney or Professor Anthony Staines.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.

Health Systems Research

Our projects connect us with international leaders in health systems research across Europe and the USA, including The Catholic University Leuven in Belgium, University of Pennsylvania USA and the Karolinska Institute Sweden. Our international networks support collaborative research on health systems and child health. 

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact Dr Pamela Hussey or Professor Anne Matthews or Professor Anthony Staines.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.

Translational Biomedical sciences

Researchers in this network have a number of collaborations with international centres e.g.

  • The Viral Immunology group have links with the Division of Immunology, Allergy and Infectious Disease at the Medical University of Vienna with the goal of investigating how respiratory viral infections trigger or exacerbate chronic conditions such as asthma.
  • Additionally, this team have collaborations with the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Sienna, Italy and the Division of Clinical Virology, at the Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden where colleagues are collaborating to produce paramyxovirus antibodies and antigens for human natural killer cell studies.
  • The Viral Immunology Group also collaborates with the Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, examining the role of immune modulation in influenza-pneumococcal co-pathogenesis.
  • Additionally the cancer focused team have links with the Dana Farber Cancer Centre, Boston, USA with the aim of developing new approaches in Multiple Myeloma treatment and with the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto, Portugal where researchers are jointly Investigating the role of P-gp signalling in cancer resistance
  • Dr Buchanan and Professor Brian Harvey of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland have longstanding partnership in the field of Cancer electrophysiology.
  • University College Dublin has provided access to clinical samples through collaboration with Professor William Watson through the iprospect prostate cancer trial.
  • Alliances have also been developed with the University of Ulster to aid in the development of prostate cancer models.
  • Queens University Belfast links with research fellows to investigate prostate cancer.

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact Dr Patricia Johnson or Dr Paul Buchanan.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.

Transforming Dialogues in Mental Health and Psychotherapy
  • Dr Líam MacGabhann is part of two funded projects in mental health – one for improving services, the other for improving user and family capacity to influence development and delivery of services. Part of the activity involves a collaboration with researchers at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna. The ongoing outcomes from these collaborations is an additional contribution to knowledge and practice in Europe around stigma and discrimination; the benefits of Trialogical approaches to mental health care; and establishing a novel approach to developing health services using participatory action and open dialogue as underpinning processes. 
  • Dr Evelyn Gordon has been involved in international collaboration with the Suicide Studies Unit, St Michaels Hospital, Toronto Canada investigating the impact of psychotherapeutic interventions for repeat suicide attempts. She was involved in HRB funded project that examined the care and treatment responses that assist suicidal young men in transcending suicidality, with a cross border link to a similar project conducted by the University of Ulster.                
  • Dr Rosaleen McElvaney is involved with two international research projects – In collaboration with the University of Montreal, Canada and funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the British Association for the Study of Child Abuse and Neglect she is investigating what helps children disclose sexual abuse. 

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact Dr Liam Mac Gabhann or Dr Evelyn Gordon.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.

Dementia and Positive Ageing Research

Dr Kate Irving is Principal Investigator of five dementia projects at DCU and has strong links with a number of international experts in dementia, including epidemiologists, medical scientists, nurses, psychologists, and experts in primary care.  These projects include FP7, Joint Programme on NeuroDegeneration, Erasmus and philanthropic bodies.  Links to each project website show the international partnerships.

  • Dem@care – a project for the timely diagnosis, assessment, maintenance and promotion of self-independence of people with dementia. 
  • Dementia Elevator - preparing communities and health systems to respond to people with dementia in a way that reduces excess disability.
  • Actifcare – a European dementia research project that aims to analyse the pathways to care for people with dementia and their families, to better understand the reasons for inequalities.

Dr Irving is also a member of the Interdem group with a specific remit to improve European collaboration in dementia research. 

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, contact Dr Kate Irving.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.

Ethical Issues in Health Care

Current, active and funded international collaborations exist through: 

  • European Masters in Disaster Medicine at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy. 
  • Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity at Trinity International University, Chicago, USA. 

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact Dr Dónal O’Mathúna.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.

Nutrition and Exercise

  • University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin (folic acid project). 
  • Queens University Belfast and University of Leeds (SOPHIE study). 
  • “Shape Up Your School” project with Steno Institute and Aarhus University, Denmark. 

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact Dr Mary Rose Sweeney.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.

Society, Health and Sexuality

Dr Sabina Stan’s collaborations include researchers and academic institutions in: 

  • UK (Oxford Brookes, Nottingham University) (anthropology after the crisis, globalisation and collective action). 
  • Norway (the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and University of Oslo) (globalisation and collective action). 
  • Spain (University of Barcelona) (migration and labour markets). 
  • Canada (Groupe de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sante, Universite de Montreal) (informatisation in healthcare). 
  • Romania (Romanian Academy) (informatisation in healthcare). 

Dr Stan is also a founding member, international research network ‘Social Science and Health in Romania’, as well as a member of the JU Joint Institute of Global Health

Dr Mel Duffy’s collaborations include researchers and academic institutions in: 

  • UK (University of Leeds, Liverpool John Moores University). 
  • USA (Concordia University Chicago and Indiana University. 
  • Organiser, DCU’s International biannual conference, “Self, Selves and Sexualities”. 

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, contact Dr Sabina Stan or Dr Mel Duffy.

Read about the team's research interests and expertise here.