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 its partner Universities and is hosted by Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI).
In 2014, the Directors of six University Clinical Research Facilities/Centres (CRF/Cs), (at University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, University College Dublin (2 centres) and Trinity College Dublin) 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. The application was successful and led to the establishment of HRB CRCI as a collaborative partnership of the six university based CRF/Cs and their associated hospitals. HRB CRCI subsequently became operational as an organisation in May 2015.
Vision for HRB CRCI
“That Ireland is internationally recognised for conducting innovative high quality clinical research for the benefit of people’s health and the economy.”
In 2018 two new partner centres joined the group namely the Health Research Institute Clinical Research Support Unit at University Hospital Limerick and the National Children’s Research Centre at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.
The HRB CRCI central office provides overarching support and expertise, through a range of services and activities to academia and industry. CRDI provides corporate support services to the central office. The partner CRF/Cs provide the infrastructure, physical space and facilities, experienced research and specialist support staff and the necessary quality and oversight programs that are critical for the successful conduct of world-class patient-focused research.
HRB CRCI and the CRF/Cs facilitate research but are not in a position to independently fund research. Our now eight partner CRF/Cs have over forty years of combined research experience and include:
- HRB CRF Cork at University College Cork and Mercy University Hospital
- HRB CRF Galway at University Hospital Galway
- Royal College of Surgeons Ireland CRC at Beaumont Hospital
- University College Dublin CRCs at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital
- Wellcome Trust – HRB CRF at St. James’s Hospital
- HRI-CRSU:Health Research Institute Clinical Research Support Unit at University Hospital Limerick, Co Limerick.
- NCRC: National Children’s Research Centre at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12
Aims of HRB 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.
HRB CRCI’s Mission
“To advance healthcare by enabling a coordinated system with the specialist skills, expertise and infrastructure to design, conduct and analyse clinical trials and other intervention studies in Ireland, undertaken by networked clinician investigators and/or industry.”
HRB CRCI operates a membership scheme, and invites investigator’s and those working as part of investigator teams in clinical research across Ireland to join. In addition, HRB CRCI works with a number of collaborating CRF/Cs. This allows us to extend the potential benefit of the infrastructure and network across the island and to link with experienced members and collaborators to further strengthen our organisation and achieve our aims.