The Northern Ireland Public Health Research Network (NIPHRN) is an online forum, launched in March 2012 by the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland and the HSC Research and Development Division. The network bring together researchers in public health from sectors that include academia, health services, voluntary and community sector and user members, to help form high quality research teams and grants.
The aims of the Network are to:
To attract high level of funding by facilitating the creation of Research application teams to address pertinent public health topics. This will be carried out by stakeholder engagement and formation of Research Development Groups (RDGs).
Dr Anita Yakkundi who has joined the team as the Network Coordinator in August 2019. Anita finished her PhD in Life Sciences in India in 1995 and worked for 15 years in molecular and cancer therapeutics at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). She retrained in Applied behaviour analysis from QUB in 2015 and was a Marie-Curie EU-RESPECT charity co-fund fellow for research in assistive technology for autism and intellectual disability (ASSISTID) at University College Dublin. She is passionate about applying research to practice for health and social wellbeing.