Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Clinical Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital
The RCSI CRC provides state of the art facilities and expertise to enable investigators to conduct clinical research to the highest standards. The first academic research centre in Ireland, the Centre opened in September 2000.
The Centre is located on the Beaumont Hospital campus, one of RCSI’s principal teaching hospitals in Dublin. This location supports the Centre’s translational focus and provides ready opportunities for clinician-based research studies. Since opening in September 2000, the Centre has had more than 19,700 patient visits. During this time, the activities of the Centre have developed a cohort of highly skilled and trained research nurses with the attendant expertise to enable clinical research.
The aim of the RCSI Clinical Research Centre is to advance medical knowledge of illness and improve patients’ care. By working in partnership with academia, funding agencies and the commercial sector, we are contributing to the development of life-enhancing therapies through basic research and clinical trials. The Centre achieves this by providing a physical infrastructure and support, primarily through study management, and research nurse expertise.
In 2009, the CRC, in collaboration with the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research (DCCR) and supported by the Health Research Board (HRB) established a postgraduate certificate in clinical research nursing. This course has been accredited by the National University of Ireland (NUI), and An Bord Altranais, to address a national deficit in education for clinical research nurses. The programme, coordinated by the RCSI CRC, is the first of its kind in Ireland and has been running for more than five years. To date the programme has produced more than 100 trained expert research nurses.
The outputs of the centre have been demonstrated in high quality publications;
- Goyal.M, and Hill.M et al. Randomised Assessment of Rapid Endovascular Treatment of Ischemic Stroke. N Engl J Med 2015; 372:1019-1030 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1414905
- de Barra E, Hodgson SH, Ewer KJ, Bliss CM, Hennigan K, et al. (2014) A Phase Ia Study to Assess the Safety and Immunogenicity of New Malaria Vaccine Candidates ChAd63 CS Administered Alone and with MVA CS. PLoS ONE 9(12): e115161. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115161 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4270740/pdf/pone.0115161.pdf
- Slattery MM, et al. Long-term follow-up of non-calcified pulmonary nodules (<10 mm) identified during low-dose CT screening for lung cancer. Eur Radiol.2012;22:1923-8