What We Do

The HRB CRF-C provides the dedicated infrastructure and experienced research staff working to the required international quality standards that are critical for the successful conduct of regulated and other forms of complex patient-focused research

Commercial Research Services

The HRB CRF-C is equipped to work in partnership with industry and provide the infrastructure, facilities and experienced research and specialist support staff to successfully conduct world-class patient-focused research. The HRB CRF-C supports researchers and companies in both the pharmaceutical and medical technologies sectors in developing and delivering cutting edge research in a safe and regulated environment to international standards.

Statistics & Data Analysis

Statistics and Data analysis unit (SDAU) provides statistical support for clinical investigators at all stages of the research process. We operate under a quality control system suitable for regulated studies, and use open science workflows that promote research integrity. Specific areas include study design and protocol development, statistical analysis plans, sample size estimation, statistical modelling, FAIR data preparation, and reporting. The SDAU also regularly offers workshops in the areas of statistics, data, and coding using the R.

Quality & Regulatory Affairs

The Quality and Regulatory Affairs Department helps to ensure that patient focused research undertaken under the supervision of the HRB CRF-C is conducted to the highest standards. The HRB CRF-C operates in accordance with a fully regulatory compliant Quality Management System and provides the full suite of Quality and Regulatory services required to support world class patient focused research.

Academic Research Services

The HRB CRF-C serves as a full service Academic Research Organization. It is equipped to support Academic Clinical Investigators from concept development to grant submission. Each year the HRB CRF-C supports numerous funding applications to a variety of Funding Schemes. The HRB CRF-C also supports Clinical Investigators (local and from external national and international institutions/networks) who have obtained funding and who want to commence research in hospitals in Cork (and Waterford) from study initiation, recruitment, to data lock, analysis and archiving.

Facilities

The HRB CRF-C is fully equipped to work in partnership with industry partners and academic collaborators and provide the infrastructure and facilities and experienced research and specialist support staff to successfully conduct world-class patient-focused research. This includes its administrative office, dedicated research spaces, research pharmacy and specimen processing laboratory and biorepository.

Education

Education in the arena of Patient focused Research is a central activity of the HRB CRF-C. In September 2018 the HRB CRF-C launched a new academic programme - MSc Clinical Trials (online). The HRB CRF-C regularly offers workshops in the areas of statistics, data, and coding using the R programming language. The Quality and Regulatory Department of the HRB CRF-C also offers regular courses in ICH-Good Clinical Practice for Investigators and Site Personnel. Refresher courses are also provided. The HRB CRF-C actively support the work of the Trails Methodology Research Network (TMRN).

HRB CRF-C Vision

How Can We Assist You Today

Commercial Clinical Research Services

The HRB CRF-C can provide either a full comprehensive clinical research service or a bespoke individual service.

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Academic Clinical Research Services

The HRB CRF-C is equipped to support Investigators from concept, to grant submission and from funding award, through study set-up, recruitment to study close.

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Education

Education activities include the development of formal courses on of clinical trials methodology, training sessions on statistical methods and supporting the work of the Trails Methodology Research Network.

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Patient Public Involvement

The HRB CRF-C promotes interaction with patients and the public across a spectrum of activities. These different activities – involvement, engagement and participation – are often linked and, although they are distinct, can complement each other.

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Recent News

18.12.2018

HPRA Submission Dates for 2018

All applications must be submitted to the HPRA by 5.00 pm on the cut-off date HPRA Submission dates for 2018

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14.10.2018

Cork R-Users Group

The HRB CRF-C is a sponsor of the Cork R-Users Group. R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.

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18.09.2018

SRL Research

A leading Irish scientific research firm, SRL Research, has partnered with UCC to help the pharmaceutical industry make medications more palatable and easier to swallow.

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14.09.2018

College of Medicine and Health Research Day

A very successful College of Medicine and Health Research day was held on Thursday 13th June 2013 at the Western Gateway Building. The theme of this y

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14.09.2018

Good Clinical Practice Course 19th November

Dr Ruben Keane, Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs of the HRB-Clinical Research Facility, UCC will be running an ICH-GCP training course which wil

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14.09.2018

HRB Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN)

Investigator Responsibilities for HPRA Regulated Studies

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