Welcome to UCD Clinical Research Centre (CRC)

Dear Friend,

UCD CRC (Clinical Research Centre), established in 2006, to support clinician led research at St Vincent’s and Mater University Hospitals, announced receipt of a major funding award of €5.3 million from the HRB on 13th October 2021.

Over the next five years, this funding will allow CRC to;

  • Increase access to patients and clinicians to trials
  • Expand geographical access to research (into four more sites, including the NRH, the NMH, St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny and Wexford General Hospital)
  • Improve clinical trial, design, co-ordination and methodology
  • Enhance integration of clinical research into health system at five network sites
  • Expand educational programmes to train researchers and clinicians of the future
  • Integrate research results into clinical practice
  • Embed the patient perspective in shaping and informing clinical trial design, development and delivery

This funding will also drive the quest for clinical trials to be delivered as part of usual care in the health system and in turn, ensure integration of research results into clinical practice.

Please see more on https://www.ucd.ie/medicine/news/2021/newsstories/crchrb/

We look forward to working with our clinical research community across these six sites, our clinical trials support staff and the patients who kindly agree to participate in our clinical trials, as we ensure that this investment has the greatest possible impact.

Best wishes,

Prof. Peter Doran

UCD CRC Director


10th Feb 2022

#HelloUCDClinicalTrials – Revolutionising Children’s and Adolescents Cancer Treatment and Outcomes VIDEO

UCD School of Medicine was awarded €2.5 million by the HRB (Health Research Board) in Dec 2021, so that, in partnership with the CHI (Children’s Health Ireland) Cancer Trials Group, can continue to enhance children’s and adolescents’ cancer patient-focused research, increase opportunities for children and adolescents to participate in clinical trials and increase the critical support available to investigators from facilities, through to study design and sponsorship.

This video (featuring mum, Noreen and her daughter Kate from Kildare, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017 at aged 10 years, following Noreen’s son, James’ diagnosis of leukaemia at aged two years in 2007, both under the care of Prof Owen Smith, Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, UCD and Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, CHI) explains the vital, life-saving nature of access to clinical trials in the children’s and adolescents’ cancer treatment setting.




Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Prof. Patrick Murray, Prof. of Clinical Pharmacology, UCD & Consultant Physician, MMUH  

St Vincent's University Hospital

Prof. Marcus Butler, Associate Professor, UCD School of Medicine & Consultant Respiratory Physician, SVUH

National Maternity Hospital

Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe, Director, UCD Perinatal Research Centre & Prof of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NMH

National Rehabilitation Hospital

Prof. Aine Carroll, Prof. Healthcare Integration and Improvement, UCD & Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NRH

St Luke's Hospital Kilkenny

Dr Alfonso Rodriguez Herrera, Consultant Paediatrician

Wexford General Hospital

Prof. Michael Reardon, Consultant Geriatrician and General Physician

GP Practice Network

Prof. Walter Cullen, Prof. Urban General Practice, UCD School of Medicine