Who we are

The National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, established in 2014 in strategic partnership with the National University of Ireland, Galway. It is based at the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland. Our website address is: https://nipc.ie.


What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We have two contact forms in use on the website. One is on the “Contact Us” page. Unless you have voluntarily given your consent for any other reason, we do not use your name or email address for anything other than replying to your message.

We use a form to process membership applications to the NIPC Alliance. The details you provide here are stored in a secure database and used only for reference for the purpose of approving your NIPC Alliance membership application. By signing up to the NIPC Alliance, you are asked to give your consent to receive occasional updates about the NIPC and industry news relevant to the NIPC Alliance members. You can unsubscribe at any time.



If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.



The NIPC may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. The NIPC may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, The NIPC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.



Who we share your data with

Members of our team have access to the information you provide us. For example, Administrators can access:

  • Customer information like your name and email address.

Our team members have access to this information to help support you.



How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.


What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

If you have voluntarily signed up for our newsletter, via a membership application to the NIPC Alliance, or via one of our Newsletter signup forms, we will store your details securely on a database with the providers of our email newsletter, MailChimp. We will only ever send you emails if you have voluntarily signed up for our newsletter and you can request to stop receiving emails and to be removed from our database at any time.

Your contact information

How we protect your data

The NIPC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on The NIPC’s behalf or to provide services available at the NIPC’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using The NIPC’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The NIPC will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, the NIPC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when the NIPC believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the NIPC, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an NIPC website and have supplied your email address, the NIPC may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with the NIPC and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. The NIPC takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.