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About HRB CRCI
Health Research Board Clinical Research Coordination Ireland, HRB-CRCI, is an independent integrated national clinical research network, providing centralised support in the conduct of multicentre clinical trials (both commercial and academic) across Ireland. It is funded by extramural grants from the Health Research Board (HRB) and Enterprise Ireland (EI), supported by the five largest Irish Universities and is hosted by Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI).
In 2014, the Directors of five University Clinical Research Facilities/Centres (CRF/Cs) responded to a HRB and EI invitation to submit a proposal for the development of a network to support the conduct of multicentre clinical trials across the island of Ireland. Their application was successful, and led to the establishment of HRB CRCI as a collaborative partnership of the five university based CRF/Cs and their associated hospitals.
The HRB CRCI central office gives overarching support and expertise to manage and coordinate the networks activities. The partner CRF/Cs provide the infrastructure, physical space and facilities and experienced research and specialist support staff needed for the successful conduct of world-class patient-focused research.
Aims of CRCI
High Quality Clinical Research
To enhance Ireland’s capacity for conducting innovative high quality clinical research for the benefit of people’s health and the economy.
Clinical Trial Network
To advance the care of patients by enabling a connected and coordinated Clinical Trial Network.
Expertise & Infrastructure
To provide the skills, expertise and infrastructure to design, conduct and analyse multi-centre clinical trials involving human participants in Ireland.
Support Academia & Industry
To support both academic and industry initiated clinical trials involving pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals or clinical care pathways as well as clinical investigation of medical devices.
Clinical Research Facilities / Centres
HRB CRCI National Integrated Clinical Research Network comprises of Clinical Research Facilities/Centres, associated hospitals and Investigators located throughout Ireland.
Clinical Research Networks
HRB CRCI work with and support a number of Clinical Research Networks. Clinical Research Networks are groups of clinicians and scientists from across Ireland who have come together around a particular disease, or clinical interest. Investigators agree on research activities that are best conducted as a large group nationally rather than in isolation.
HRB CRCI Membership
By becoming a HRB CRCI member you are connecting with the HRB CRCI national integrated clinical research network. HRB CRCI membership is open to clinical research personnel working in hospitals, practices and academic research performing organisations (excluding industry) in Ireland, including investigators and members of an investigator’s research team, such as clinicians, scientists, research nurses and data managers. Investigator members are eligible to participate in the HRB CRCI National Study Feasibility Programme. Investigator members will be informed of the latest research opportunities as they arise and can complete clinical trial feasibility assessments for clinical trials of interest to them.
Resources for researchers, including templates, guidance and signposting to training and education programmes and relevant websites.