Funded by: The HSC Research & Development Division

The Clinical Research Network was established to promote Northern Ireland’s involvement in large multi-centre trials and other major studies.

The primary activities of the Network include:

  • Maintaining a portfolio of network studies.
  • Assisting with processes involved in setting up a study, in particular ethical, regulatory and local research governance approval for clinical trials.
  • Facilitating training and education.
  • Ensuring that research opportunities are maximised within available resources.

Network Aims

  • To promote research within Northern Ireland.
  • To develop close partnerships and productive working relationships with key individuals and groups across the Network and the wider research community.
  • To ensure that targets, including accrual of patients into trials, are achieved and maintained.

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  • Professor Gerard Leavey (Co-Lead, The Bamford Centre)
  • Dr Ciaran Mulholland (Co-Lead, The Bamford Centre and Queen's University Belfast)