The HRB Clinical Research Facility will run the following upcoming seminars in 2017 :


  • Tuesday 25th July 2017: Introduction to Clinical Research





Introduction to Clinical Research


A full day course developed for induction of newly recruited research nurses, study coordinators and research assistants, this programme covers the following topics:


- Introduction to Clinical Research

- Short History of Clinical Research and Research Governance

- Types of Clinical Research

- Clinical trial coordination: Who’s Who and the Study Coordinator Role

- Site File Management

- Documentation & Data Management

- Quality and Regulatory Approval Processes

- Monitoring & Quality Management



Tuesday 25th July 2017: 09:00-17:00


Western Gateway Building: WGB_G15


€100 – Standard Registration

€50 – Students

(includes light lunch)


Staff from the HRB-Clinical Facility Cork including;

Maeve Kelsey (Clinical Trials Nurse Manager)

Kay de Noronha & Jean Foley (Clinical Nurse Managers)

Dr Ruben Keane (Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager)


For further information, please contact Lucy Deane:


Title: Making the most out of clinical studies; trials, registries, biobanks, record linkage and epidemiology

Date: Thursday 27th April

Time: 16:00pm

Location: Western Gateway Building, Room 405 (4th floor).  

Prof Ian Ford is a Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Glasgow.  He was formerly Head of the Department of Statistics, Dean of the Faculty of Information and Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics and the Glasgow CTU at the University of Glasgow.  He has published extensively in the clinical and statistical literature.

He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the International Statistical Institute, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Society for Clinical Trials and is deputy editor of Clinical Trials. His research interests are in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials and associated methodologies, with a particular interest in the reuse of routinely collected health data.

Prof Ian Ford delivered a seminar on " Making the most out of clinical studies; trials, registries, biobanks, record linkage and epidemiology".

Title: Implementation as a fore-thought: trials in complexity

Date: Thursday 23rd February

Time: 16:00pm

Location: Western Gateway Building, Room 402 (4th floor).  


Professor Paul Brocklehurst, Professor of Health Services Research, Bangor University and the Director of the Clinical Trials Unit in North Wales. 

Professor Brocklehurst delivered a seminar on “Implementation as a fore-thought: trials in complexity”.  The seminar explored some of the challenges of taking an experimental approach to evaluation when interventions are reliant on psycho-social mechanisms or are embedded within complex systems. Taking this “trials in complexity” theme further, the session explored the potential of using implementation frameworks and the importance of planning and monitoring the conduct of trials in order to produce implementable evidence.


Paul Brocklehurst

Paul Brocklehurst is a Professor of Health Services Research and the Director of the Trials Unit in North Wales. He is the national co-lead for Health Services Research in Wales and an Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health. His interests include care for older people, needs-based work-force planning and implementation research. Until 2015, he was a NIHR Clinician Scientist at the University of Manchester and he currently sits on three NIHR funding Boards.


Implementation as a fore-thought: trials in complexity : 

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





The Clinical Research Facility hosted the HRB-TMRN 2nd Annual Trial Methodology Symposium on the 24th & 25th of October 2016.


Title: Missing Data: When is it a Problem?

Speaker: Kate Tilling

Date: 9th June 2016

Time: TBC

Location: TBC


Kate Tilling is a medical statistician, specialising in analysis of longitudinal, observational data. The focus of my research is in developing and applying statistical methods to overcome problems encountered in epidemiological research. One of my key interests is in modelling exposures and outcomes which change over time, and developing methods for analysing such data within a lifecourse setting. Such longitudinal studies typically give rise to missing data, and I have investigated methods for analysing missing data, and using linked data to explore missingness mechanisms.


Title: Making trials more efficient: Trial Forge and how you can help

Speaker: Professor Shaun Treweek

Date: 24th March 2016

Time: TBC

Location: TBC


Shaun is a health services researcher and is active in the field of efficient trial design, particularly pragmatic trial design, improved recruitment interventions for trials, the design and pre-trial testing of complex interventions and the effective presentation of research evidence.  He is leading a new initiative called Trial Forge ( that aims to be more systematic about how we generate and use research evidence in making trial design, conduct, analysis and reporting decisions. 

He is, or has been, involved in a range of trials, including an EC FP7 trial of treatments for a rare neuromuscular condition, a trial of a lifestyle intervention for women after pregnancy, a lifestyle change trial run through football clubs and the Scottish Premier League, a trial of abdominal massage for MS patients and a lung cancer screening trial.  Finally, he coordinated DECIDE, a 5-year, EC-funded project that aimed to improve the way guideline information is communicated to health professionals, patients and the public, policymakers and others.


The Clinical Research Facility Cork will host two workshops featuring Stata data analysis and statistical software on March 10, 2016. These will cover introductory and intermediate level material, and will take place in the Brookfield Health Sciences Building at University College Cork. The workshops will be led by Dr Brendan Halpin from the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick.

Details for each workshop are given below. We encourage participants in the introductory workshop to also sign up for the afternoon session. The cost for each workshop is 50 EUR and can be paid by credit card or purchase order (for UCC based attendees). To sign up, please email Dr Darren Dahly ( to indicate which workshop(s) you would like to attend. You will then be given payment details. We ask that participants pay promptly. Anyone who has not paid by Friday, March 4th will be removed from the participant list to make room for another. There are 20 available spots for each workshop.

Workshop Details


Introduction to Stata Data Analysis and Statistical Software


The session will introduce Stata to researchers with little or no experience with it. Participants will learn how to load data and produce descriptive summaries including tables and graphs, how to edit and modify data, and how to carry out analyses such as t-tests, chi-square texts, ANOVA and regression.

Date: 10th March, 2016

Time: 10:00 to 13:00

Location: G07 Brookfield Health Sciences Building, UCC


Intermediate Topics for Stata Data Analysis and Statistical Software


This session is aimed at researchers with some exposure to Stata. Stata offers a very wide range of up-to-the-minute analytical tools, in a coherent and user-friendly framework. It is also programmable and highly extensible, which makes it valuable for complex data preparation and analysis tasks. This session will demonstrate more of its descriptive and analytical capabilities, and focus on some of its more advanced characteristics, including scripting analyses and accessing user-written add-ons. A quick overview will be given of Stata’s range of analytical tools such as ANOVA and linear regression; logistic regression (binary, multinomial, ordinal); models for count data, time-series data, survival data; tools for complex data (robust standard errors, cross-sectional time-series or “panel” models, multi-level models, structural equation modelling).

Date: 10th March, 2016

Time: 14:00 to 17:00

Location: G07 Brookfield Health Sciences Building, UCC

Title: Doing Research into Research: Studies Within A Trial (SWAT)

Speaker: Professor Mike Clarke

Time: 5.30pm

Location: WGB 304


The Clinical Research Facility, Cork, is delighted to welcome Professor Mike Clarke, Director of the Northern Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Co-ordinating Editor for the Cochrane Methodology Review Group, on Thursday February 25th 2016 .  Professor Clarke will deliver a talk on "Doing research into research: Studies Within A Trial (SWAT)".  The talk will be at 5.30pm in the Western Gateway Building, room 304, WGB 304.  Please see Professor Clarke's bio below.



Professor Mike Clarke has more than 25 years’ experience in the design and conduct of rigorous assessments of healthcare interventions. He has worked on some of the world’s largest randomised trials in maternity care, breast cancer, poisoning and stroke; and on dozens of systematic reviews in a wide variety of topics. He is Director of the Northern Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Co-ordinating Editor for the Cochrane Methodology Review Group. His work on the SWAT (Study Within A Trial) programme is seeking to encourage research that will improve the conduct of trials

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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