The interdisciplinary consortium who will deliver this programme includes national leaders and internationally recognised experts in diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease prevention. The CDP-CDP is a structured doctoral programme combining elements of the HRB doctoral training Programme in Population Health and Health Services Research (SPHeRE) with tailored CDP-CDP specific components, delivered over a four year period.

Five high-calibre multi-disciplinary PhD trainees will be recruited to start in September 2020; two will be based at NUI Galway, two at UCC and one at UCD. They will lead projects in patient-focused research in chronic disease prevention across the lifespan, including: (1) Implementation and scale-up of diabetes prevention; (2) Optimising digital cardiac rehabilitation using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy; (3) Development of a diabetes prevention program for women with previous gestational diabetes; (4) Enhancing the role of Clinical Nurse Specialists to prevent stroke; and (5) Testing feasibility of a structured peer-support adjunct to Irish cardiovascular prevention.

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