HRB-CRF-C is delighted to announce that Deirdre Hyland Senior Research Nurse & Director of Research Nurse Education Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Clinical Research Facility, will present a half day course at UCC.

This course will be of interest to newly recruited research nurses, study coordinators and research assistants and any staff who are new to clinical trials.

Deirdre is a very experienced research nurse manager and trainer.  She is the current Chairperson of the working group of the Irish Research Nurses Network ( a member of Education Work-stream of UK Clinical Research Facilities Network (UKCRF), a Board Member of the Irish platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI) and is the Clinical representative on Quality Working Group of HRB Clinical Research Coordination Ireland (HRB CRCI).



Overview:      A half day course developed for induction of newly recruited research nurses, study coordinators

and research assistants, this programme covers the following topics:

Introduction to Clinical ResearchShort History of Clinical Research and Research GovernanceTypes of Clinical ResearchClinical trial coordination:Who’s Who and the Study Coordinator RoleSite File ManagementDocumentation & Data ManagementQuality and RegulatoryApproval ProcessesMonitoring & Quality Management

This course has Category 1 approval from the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland ( NMBI ) for 3 CEUs

Dates and Venues:  31 January 2017  2-6pm  at University College Cork

Cost: Cost is waived for the course but will be applied for future courses

Registration: Please contact Orlaith Aherne HRB-Clinical Reserach Facility, Cork

        •  or 021-4935150


Main Facilitator:  Deirdre Hyland: Senior Research Nurse/Director of Research Nurse Education Clinical Research Facility, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.

Additional facilitators:  Maeve Kelsey, Clinical Trial Nurse Manager, HRB-Clinical Research Facility, Cork and Dr Ruben E. Keane, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager, HRB- Clinical Research Facility, Cork





IRNN Conference 2013 Working Group

The IRNN (Irish Research Nurses Network) 6th Annual National Conference was held in the Aula Maxima, University College Cork on the 27th November 2013. This year’s conference was hosted by the CRF-C.
The conference featured presentations on the National Harmonisation of Clinical Research – Perspectives on a national collaborative approach to clinical research in Ireland. The IRNN is supported by the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research (DCCR) and the Irish Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ICRIN). 
There was a record attendance with almost 100 delegates attending this year.

A new ‘Clinical Research Nurse Orientation Pack’ was also launched at the conference. The Orientation Pack is designed to provide an induction framework to this unique area of practice and to the role of the clinical research nurse.
The Orientation Pack was compiled by the IRNN Working Group as part of its commitment to support the educational and professional needs of clinical research nurses working in Ireland.
A key objective of the Irish Research Nurses Network is to support the training and education of clinical research nurses in Ireland, and this pack will be a valuable resource for research nurses in many clinical settings. 
Research nurse graduates from the RCSI, class of 2012/2013 were presented their postgraduate certificates in clinical research nursing.

IRNN launches new Clinical Research Nurse Orientation Pack

Western Gateway Building

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 year’s conference was - The HRB Clinical Research Facility at UCC: Meeting Challenges in Patient Focused Research.

The conference was opened by Prof. Helen Whelton, Vice Head College of Medicine and Health. The theme for the morning session was ‘Research in Special Populations’ and the speakers included Dr. Deirdre Murray, (Baseline Study); Prof Colin Bradley, (DiGP Research Group); Dr. Maeve Rooney, (Omega 3 Trial); Dr. Sally Cudmore, (Newtricious Trial). The second session focused on studies for regulatory approval and the speakers were Prof. Noel Caplice, (RESUS AMI); Dr Declan Soden, (Electroporation); and Prof. Geraldine Boylan, (ANSeR). Prof. Anita Maguire also spoke about “Novel Opportunities for Clinician Interactions with Industry”.

There was a moderated poster session at lunchtime with 80 posters. There were three awards for best poster and each recipient was presented with a Gold medal. Congratulations to J. Lyons, Anne Marie O’Flynn (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health) and Maeve Crowley/Caroline Noone (Haemotology, CUH).

In the afternoon the speakers were - Dr. Denis O’Mahony, (SENATOR); Dr. Gene Dempsey, (HIP); and Dr Patricia Kearney, (TRUST), all clinicians/academics leading large European grants. Dr. Anne Cody from the HRB gave a presentation on Research Funding for Clinicians.

The evening session included six brief presentations on active clinical research. Presenters were Ms Samantha Cushen, Dr Niamh O’Regan, Dr John Cahill, Mr Conor O’Shea, Professor Finbarr Allen and Dr Rónán O’Caoimh.

Thank you to Prof. Helen Whelton, Dr Ronan O’ Sullivan, Dr Pádraig Canitillon-Murphy, Professor Willie Molloy and Dr Liam Plant for chairing the sessions.

CRFC Opening receptionEntrance to the new HRB Clinical Research Facility at UCC.

CRFC Opening receptionThe Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, made his first official visit to the Mercy University Hospital on the 5th of March to officially open the newly developed HRB Clinical Research Facility.

CRFC OpeningThe purpose of the HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork is to promote excellence in the design, safe conductand analysis of patient-focused research.

CRFC OpeningIt will provide the necessary space, expertise and equipment to allow medical professionals in Cork to work at the very cutting edge of clinical research.

CRFC OpeningDr. James Rielly speaking to invited guests at the opening of the new facility.

CRFC OpeningThe HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork is located at the Mercy University Hospital and is co-funded by the Health Research Board and University College Cork, with the support of the HSE.

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