The Wellcome Trust – HRB Dublin Centre for Clinical Research (DCCR) was formed in 2008 following a major investment in clinical research infrastructure made by the Wellcome Trust and HRB. The aim of the DCCR Programme was to provide the infrastructure – the physical space, facilities and trained staff – needed to support collaborative clinical research studies across Dublin involving the TCD, UCD and RCSI Medical Schools, their associated teaching hospitals and Molecular Medicine Ireland. The DCCR Network includes research activities taking place at RCSI Clinical Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital and the UCD Clinical Research Centre at Mater Misericordae University Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital and the Wellcome Trust – HRB Clinical Research Facility at St. James’s Hospital.
Since 2008, the DCCR Network supported several disease groups across the city in the areas of Respiratory Medicine, Ophthalmology, Diabetes, Neuropsychiatry, Gastrointestinal Medicine, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Cardiovascular Disease, Prostate Cancer and Oesophageal Cancer. As well as supporting multi-site clinical research studies in these areas, the DCCR Network also supported the development of the diploma course in research nursing by RCSI and implemented clinical research IT systems to support the activities of CRFs/CRCs and multi-site clinical studies.