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Research Cluster & Themes


We have identified two research themes:


  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care


Maternal and Child Health ( click here to find out more )



Theme co-ordinator:  Dr Fiona Alderdice

The maternal and child health research theme, is a multi-disciplinary theme which focuses on high risk groups in pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and childhood. There are two central strands of work, maternity care research and child health research, which have been developed using a comprehensive approach ranging from study of the health of populations to the health of individuals and the care that they receive and require.


Reearch Staff:

Bronagh Blackwood

Joy Browne

Valerie Holmes

Linda Johnston

Claire Kerr

Maria Lohan

Mark Linden

Jenny McNeill

Jackie Parkes



Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care ( click here to find out more )

Theme co-ordinator. Prof S. Porter

The aims of the research theme are to:


Illuminate the experiences of cancer survivors and patients requiring palliative care, their informal carers and their professional carers, with a view to improving the experience of both survivorship and palliation.  T o use those insights to provide a sound evidence base for care.

To develop a research continuum from bench to bedside through the development of co-ordinated research projects. This programme of research has focused on these key areas:

Cachexia and fatigue

Care of children


End of life care

 Research Staff:

Kevin Brazil

Karen Galway

Peter Hudson

Helen Noble

Peter O'Halloran

Joanne Reid