Clinical Research Centre

The RCSI Clinical Research Centre (CRC) was the first purpose-built clinical research centre in Ireland when it opened in September 2000. The centre is located at Beaumont Hospital – one of RCSI’s principal teaching hospitals in Dublin – which supports its translational focus and clinic-based research studies.

The CRC provides high-quality translational research facilities and expertise to enable investigators to conduct clinical studies to the highest standards.

Facilities include general research laboratories, examination rooms, inpatient and outpatient beds, procedure rooms equipped for gene therapy and ancillary services consistent with a world-class research facility.

The centre is staffed by a team of experienced research professionals, including a medical director, nursing and research personnel and also has its own administrator and systems manager.

The activities and training initiatives of the CRC have developed a cohort of over 120 highly skilled and trained research nurses with the attendant expertise to enable clinical research. Since opening, the CRC has carried out over 500 studies and had more than 21,000 patient visits.

The CRC aims to advance medical knowledge of illness and improve patients’ care. Working in partnership with academia, funding agencies and the industry it contributes to the development of life-enhancing therapies through basic research and clinical trials by providing a physical infrastructure and support, primarily through study management, and research nurse expertise.

The staff of highly-skilled and experienced clinical research nurses supports a wide range of academic and commercially funded research in these main therapeutic areas:

  • Neurology – MND, MS, epilepsy
  • Autoimmune disease – vasculitis
  • Cardiology – angioplasty, platelet function
  • Respiratory – asthma, COPD
  • Endocrine – diabetes, rheumatology, nephrology and stroke

The CRC also provides training in clinical research and good clinical practice including:

  • An introduction to clinical research
  • Lab safety training
  • Good clinical practice courses: investigator responsibilities, sponsor responsibilities and investigational medical devices

For more information, contact Prof. Dermot Kenny.