World-class research

Our internationally-recognised researchers work across disease areas and geographies in pursuit of solutions that will make a difference to patients and global healthcare. We support them in discovering scientific breakthroughs and insights, driving the medical innovations and health system changes necessary to enhance patient treatment and care internationally.

The pioneering research directed by RCSI experts covers a broad range of health science disciplines, with a particular focus on our six research pillars. Work in these areas has led to a number of discoveries that are having a profound effect on the understanding and treatment of diseases and disorders. These include the potential to predict epileptic seizures before they occur, the development of a drug to halt the progression of sepsis and biomaterials that can repair tissue damage in the body.

Continued success in research awards from national and international funding bodies has led to RCSI having the highest success rate of any Irish institution in winning funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programme. Our individual researchers have also secured multiple prestigious European Research Council grants and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Awards.

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Our researchers are prolific and influential in their fields; our field-weighted citation impact is the highest in Ireland and twice the world average. Over 16% of RCSI publications are in the top decile of most-cited publications in the past five years, including The Lancet, Nature, the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA, and 36% of our publications appear in the top decile of journals (CiteScore).

Our research has informed and influenced healthcare policy makers including the World Health Organisation, United Nations, European Union and US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, across cancer, population health, infectious diseases, health system change, and more.

Based in hospitals across the RCSI Hospital Group, our clinician scientists are all significantly engaged in one or more ways with clinical practice, clinical teaching and clinical laboratory leadership. Supported by access to RCSI resources and guidance, our state-of-the-art facilities and the potential to work with our world-class researchers, our clinicians conduct translational research that fosters academic and clinical collaboration, driving discoveries from the early development stage to the delivery of excellent patient care. Their significant contribution to patient-centred research at RCSI ultimately works to inform healthcare policy and enhance healthcare outcomes internationally.

Our academic and research staff work collaboratively, producing interdisciplinary and comprehensive research to tackle complex health problems. This collaboration occurs both internally within our departments, research centres and research groups, as well as nationally and internationally between our researchers and other leading institutions and research centres. In the past five years, RCSI researchers have collaborated with over 2,800 institutions globally and co-authored over 3,300 publications.

RCSI is ranked joint second in the world for ‘Good Health and Well-being’ in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021, reflecting the University’s singular focus on improving human health for the benefit of patients and communities across the globe through translational research.

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Please note: All referenced metrics and percentages are from SciVal, 2015-2019 and/or correlate with our performance in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2021.