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Research Participants

Deciding to take part in a clinical study is an important personal decision. This section aims to help you understand more about clinical research.

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Healthcare Professional

HRB CRCI supports healthcare professionals who wish to conduct clinical research. Find out how we can support you.

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Life Science Industry

HRB CRCI provides support and infrastructure to help life science industry deliver high quality clinical research in Ireland.

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Academia

If you are developing a proposal for a research study that will involve patients in Ireland we can offer you guidance and support.

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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.

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Aims of CRCI

High Quality Clinical Research

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

Clinical Trial Network

To advance the care of patients by enabling a connected and coordinated Clinical Trial Network.

Expertise & Infrastructure

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Resources

Resources for researchers, including templates, guidance and signposting to training and education programmes and relevant websites.

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