About the Network

The Scottish Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health (IRESH) Network establishes a national forum to strategically co-ordinate and plan research related to sexual health and blood borne viruses (BBV) in Scotland.

The IRESH Network aims to:

▪ Promote national sexual health research leadership and co-ordination

▪ Champion a sexual health research agenda

▪ Facilitate partnerships among those engaging in research related to sexual health and BBV across Scotland, including academics, postgraduate students, practitioners, and third sector groups

▪ Promote knowledge exchange and impact around research outputs with national and international stakeholders, including policy makers, health professionals and the public

▪ Foster innovation and collaboration

▪ Further develop research capacity in sexual health and BBV research in Scotland

▪ Support members to deliver sexual health and BBV research excellence


The Network provides a forum to discuss the research agenda in Scotland and coordinate delivery of research and impact related to the Scottish Government’s Sexual Health & BBV Framework Outcomes:

1  Fewer newly acquired blood borne virus and sexually transmitted infections; fewer unintended pregnancies

2  A reduction in the health inequalities gap in sexual health and BBV

3  People affected by BBV lead longer, healthier lives with a good quality of life

4  Sexual relationships are free from coercion and harm

5  A society where the attitudes of individuals, the public, professionals and the media in Scotland towards sexual health and BBV are positive, non-stigmatising and supportive


The Network will seek input from and to the Scottish Government’s Framework Research Manager and the National Monitoring and Research Group for the Framework. Each of the national network groups which link into the National Sexual Health and BBV Advisory Committee supporting delivery of the Framework and the Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy Monitoring and Evaluation Advisory Group will be invited to send a member to attend Network meetings.

These are

▪ NHS Executive Leads

▪ Sexual and Reproductive Health Lead Clinicians

▪ HIV Lead Clinicians

▪ Viral Hepatitis Lead Clinicians

▪ Scottish Sexual Health Promotion Specialists

▪ Scottish Sexual and Reproductive Health Lead Nurses Group

▪ BBV Coordinators

▪ Third Sector Network

Network activities are led by a Steering Group, the current Chairs of which are Dr Jamie Frankis (Glasgow Caledonian University) and Ms Julie Riddell (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow).  Co-Chairs rotate annually across institutions.

We welcome anyone with an interest in or experience of sexual health and BBV research in Scotland to become a member of the Network.

If you want to join the Network, you can do so quickly and easily HERE or see our quick sign-up on the top right hand side of the page.