NCRC Building

National Children’s Research Centre Crumlin

The Children’s Clinical Research Unit (CCRU) is part of the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC). It conducts leading research in children and young people.

Clinical trials of high quality are carried out at the CCRU by talented and experienced personnel, with access to the very best research facilities. Recent clinical trials at the CCRU have included a large-scale genetic study into eczema, involving 30 sites in Ireland.

The CCRU has also recently supported longitudinal and observational studies on Cystic Fibrosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, two single-site trials in emergency medicine, one multi-site clinical trial in neonatology, and a multi-site study of performance indicators across 10 hospitals.

Clinical leadership at the CCRU is provided by Dr Colm O’Donnell, Consultant Neonatologist, National Maternity Hospital and OLCHC. Dr O’Donnell is a key advisor to the CCRU on all aspects of clinical research, including clinical trials. He is a respected figure, centrally involved in the setting up of the Irish Paediatric Research Network.

Investigators at the CCRU can benefit from a range of clinical research project management services, which can serve to guide and up-skill researchers through all stages of the clinical research process. Data security is taken very seriously at the CCRU. A secure central data management server and associated software are in place, with the server hosted by the Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing.

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