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The Centre for Research Equity partners with Northern Ireland to advance health equity. This groundbreaking collaboration aims to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities, and ensure research benefits all communities through inclusive, community-driven approaches.

The University of Oxford's Centre for Research Equity (CfRE) has today launched a historic partnership to advance health equity in Northern Ireland and ensure everyone benefits from healthcare advancements.

This first-of-its-kind collaboration aims to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities, and ensure that the benefits of research reflect the needs and experiences of all communities and peoples in Northern Ireland and beyond.

The partnership with Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division in Northern Ireland, supported by the Department of Health Northern Ireland alongside key health and social care agencies sees Northern Ireland become the first UK region to partner with the CfRE, bringing together patient and public advocates, healthcare professionals and academics.

Northern Ireland Health Minister Mike Nesbitt, speaking at the launch event at Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate, emphasised the importance of this initiative: "This new partnership between our Health and Social Care Research and Development Division and Oxford University represents a significant step forward in efforts to address health inequalities in Northern Ireland. By bringing together leading experts and resources from across sectors, we can work towards conducting research that truly benefits all of our communities."

Read the full story on the  Nuffield Department for Primary Care Health Sciences website.