Clinical Research Facilities and Centres
The aim of the Clinical Research Facilities and Centres (CRF/Cs) is to provide the infrastructure, space and facilities, experienced research and specialist support staff, and the necessary quality and oversight programmes that are critical for the successful conduct of world-class patient-focused clinical research.
There are currently five CRF/Cs in Ireland, working together to develop a national network for clinical research infrastructure, which will provide centralised access and support for clinical research in Ireland. These five facilities and centres are all affiliated to teaching hospitals and universities, three in Dublin, one in Cork and one in Galway:
- HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork at the Mercy Hospital Cork.
- HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway at University Hospital Galway.
- Wellcome Trust HRB Clinical Research Facility at St James’s Hospital.
- UCD Clinical Research Centre at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital.
- Clinical Research Centre Royal College of Surgeons at Beaumont Hospital.
The CRF/Cs are committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to facilitate research in partnership with academia and the commercial sector, in order to gain a better understanding of how drugs work on humans, and to develop life-enhancing therapies through clinical trials and basic research. Research carried out at these locations aims to find breakthroughs in drug treatments, food therapies, food supplementations and medical devices, which will be converted into better and safer treatments for patients. Patient-focused research is top of the agenda. The units facilitate a wide range of researchers in conducting clinical trials, observational studies and the collection of biological materials in areas such as: experimental medicine, early and late phase clinical trials, and, studies by allied health professionals.