The UCD-CRC is based at the Mater Misericordiae, St. Vincent's University Hospitals and National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street. Patients with different chronic diseases including end-stage kidney disease, pulmonary fibrosis and cancer, donate samples to the Centre on a regular basis, and these are assessed in the context of their own treatment and for the development of more accurate therapies for these diseases.
The CRC has created core research infrastructure to support and advance high quality, impactful investigator-led translational and personalised medicine research at the Mater Misericordiae and St Vincent’s University Hospitals.
CRC on-site laboratory facilities support the immediate processing of biological samples collected during research studies. The laboratory infrastructure on hospital sites complements biomedical research facilities on the University campus and includes:
The UCD CRC has developed a network of biological resource centres for sample receipt, storage and processing across the hospital campuses in recognition of the importance of access to appropriately consented, well pheno-typed quality controlled biological samples to translational research. This network includes;
The appropriate use of intelligent and secure IT solutions is key to the Centre’s translational research mission, permitting the generation and exchange of data and information between the ‘bed’ and the ‘bench’.
The CRC is addressing these challenges by implementing cost-effective IT solutions which combine to create a sophisticated clinical research information infrastructure that supports all aspects of clinical research.