The HRB Clinical Research facility at UCC was co-funded by the Health Research Board and the College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork with the dual purpose of:
- Facilitating the high quality conduct of Patient Focused Research in UCC and it’s affiliated Hospitals in the South and South-West Hospital Group which collectively have a catchment population of almost 1 million persons.
- Mitigating all elements of risk in the conduct of such research to all parties involved.
The HRB CRF-C supports a distributed network of offices in direct proximity to patient care areas as well as central offices for study coordination management and the provision of sponsor services. Currently the HRB CRF-C employs 43 staff including a Clinical Director, Research Nurses, Research Assistants, a Clinical Trial Physician, a Centre Manager, a Financial Analyst, Projects Managers, Statisticians, a Research Pharmacist, a Quality and Regulatory Affairs Director, a Pharmacovigilance Officer and Trial Monitors. This full time team of experienced professional support staff and technical experts work under a rigorous quality system that meets international standards and which has successfully undergone Competent Authority Systems and Project level inspections.
The HRB CRF-C can provide individual bespoke services as required or serve as a single site for comprehensive complete study support. The HRB CRF-C supports all formats of Patient Focused Research including Regulated Academic Clinical Trials, Phase 2-4 Commercial Trials and other well designed studies. It has successfully supported studies utilizing the entire spectrum of clinical interventions including Investigational Medicinal Products, Generics & Biosimilars, and Class 2-3 Medical Devices, standalone software, complex interventions and advanced therapeutic products. Being University based it is able to harness the academic excellence and scientific expertise of Ireland leading Research University and the diverse medical expertise extending across all medical specialties and which includes 2 of Ireland’s largest teaching hospitals. All of our research facilities have full 24/7 on site medical coverage with access to the full emergency-response capabilities. Our dedicated Adult Research Unit in the Mercy University Hospital, which is situated adjacent to the ITU has overnight stay capacity.
To date the HRB CRF-C has supported over 172 projects, including coordinating two large multinational Framework Programs, 7 academic trials and over 64 regulated trials.
Based on the practical experiences and expertise of its staff and leveraging the teaching excellence of UCC we have developed a range of pragmatic educational resources including a fully web based Masters in Clinical Trials. If you would like to join the over 60 commercial organizations and 50 academic institutions that currently collaborate with us please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me directly at email@example.com or 353 (0)21 4935143.
Professor Joe Eustace
Director, HRB Clinical Research Facility-University College Cork (HRB CRF-C)