The national PPI Ignite Network provides leadership for PPI in research in Ireland, driving excellence and inspiring innovation, by embedding a culture of meaningful involvement of the public and patients in research across Ireland. With a national office at University of Galway, there are seven Universities at the core of the Network, each with a programme office, as well as a network of partners locally, nationally and internationally, and an expanding cohort of individuals (PPI contributors) who, by drawing on their lived experience, bring different perspectives to, and help shape, research.
The PPI Ignite Network is working towards change in research and institutional cultures, focused on putting the public and patient at the centre of research. The Network provides support to researchers and PPI contributors nationally, built around a central online hub of information and resources about PPI, as well as delivering PPI education and training, and facilitating shared learning opportunities. The Network is funded by the Health Research Board and the Irish Research Council, with co-funding from the seven Universities.
Public and patient involvement (PPI) in research means that the public and patients are involved in planning and doing research from start to finish and help tell the public about the results of research. PPI research ensures that those who are most affected and impacted by the research conducted have a say in what research is done and how it is done.
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