HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research

The HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research was established in 2008, with funding from the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (DAFF) in Ireland. The Centre is actively engaged in collaborative research activities relating to health and diet, in particular the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes. Its overall aim is to contribute to the evidence base for public policy, health promotion and clinical practice on the prevention and management of obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. 

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The National Research Centre for Diet, Obesity and Diabetes will produce internationally competitive research that will provide the evidence base for public policy, health promotion and clinical practice on the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes and related metabolic disorders. These will be addressed in 5 discrete but interlinked research clusters (HRB-CHDR Research Clusters).

The work of the Centre is coordinated by the Principal Investigator, Professor Ivan Perry, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork (UCC). The Centre involves co-Principal Investigators from University College Cork, University College Dublin (UCD), the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, Teagasc, and University of Ulster (UL). 

  • Prof Ivan Perry, Dept Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC
  • Prof Kevin Balanda, Insitute of Public Health in Ireland, Dublin
  • Prof Cecily Kelleher, National Nutrition Surveillance Centre, School Public Health and Population Science, UCD
  • Prof Fionnula McAuliffe, Consultant Obstetrician, National Maternity Hospital, Holles St, Dublin 2; UCD
  • Prof Kevin Cashman, Dept Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC 
  • Dr Catherine Phillips, National Nutrition Surveillance Centre, School Public Health and Population Science, UCD
  • Prof Albert Flynn, Dept Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC
  • Prof Mike Gibney, Institute of Food and Health, UCD 
  • Dr Mary McCarthy, Dept Food Business and Development, UCC
  • Dr Donal O’ Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist, School of Medicine and Medical Science, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin 4 & St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin
  • Prof Patrick Wall, National Nutrition Surveillance Centre, School Public Health and Population Science, UCD

Research Clusters:

The National Research Centre for Diet, Obesity and Diabetes research will be addressed in 5 discrete but interlinked research clusters. Researchers in each cluster will have access to the Centre’s core infrastructure, including administrative, project and data management, bio-statistical and public relations support.

HRB-CHDR Research Clusters

Wider Contributions:

Working at a national and strategic level, the Centre will harness, coordinate and promote the activities of academics, practitioners and policy makers focused on food and health in Ireland. The National Research Council (NRC) will develop an e-learning, inter-institutional MSc programme in Public Health Nutrition for staff employed in the health care systems in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

See the Centre’s website for more information.

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