Wellcome Trust-HRB Clinical Research Facility at St James’s Hospital

Wellcome Trust-HRB Clinical Research Facility at St James’s Hospital Date: 30 May 2013 - 30 May 2013
Location: Dublin

Caroline from our Dublin office recently attended the official opening of the new Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at St. James’s Hospital. This state of the art centre was declared open by Taoiseach Enda Kenny much to the delight of all who were present. The Clinical Research Facility is part of the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research (DCCR), a joint initiative between Trinity College, University College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and Molecular Medicine Ireland. The €7 million facility which will be jointly governed by St. James’s hospital and Trinity College was funded by the global research charity, Wellcome Trust and the Health Research Board.

High quality research will be conducted at the facility by clinicians and researchers who share the aim of tackling major health challenges in Ireland. Types of research will include experimental medicine studies and early and late phase clinical trials of medicinal products and medical devices. Key features of the facility include multipurpose rooms that can be adapted to a range of clinical studies involving patients and healthy volunteers and a sample processing laboratory for rapid sample receipt and preparation. Research nurses will play a key role in recruiting patients into studies.

The Facility in St. James’s is finished to the highest standard and it is great to see such an important centre open in these tough economic times. It will ensure that Ireland is able to play an active role in the ongoing research of disease treatment and prevention.