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Irish Clinical Research Infrastructure Network


Irish Clinical Research Infrastructure (ICRIN)
The MMI partners created ICRIN to assess the gaps in the Irish research system – human capital, physical infrastructure and information systems – and to recommend how a world class clinical research capacity aligned to the best international standards, should be put in place. The work of ICRIN complements the investment by the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Wellcome Trust in clinical research facilities and personnel in Dublin, Cork and Galway since 2007.
ICRIN was formed in 2006 by University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Cork (UCC), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and operates as a business unit of Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI). Since 2007, the work of ICRIN has been funded by the HRB and the Health Service Executive (HSE). In 2008 Enterprise Ireland provided funding to Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI) to provide a Clinical Trial Liaison Officer (CTLO) to build on linkages between Ireland’s lifescience industry and the clinical research system.
Through ICRIN, the clinical research community in Ireland is working together to a common strategy, adopting harmonised processes and practices and fostering education and training in all aspects of clinical research in order to support academic and industry sponsors of research, particularly multi-centre studies.  ICRIN, as the Irish member of the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), forms part of a European-wide effort to construct an infrastructure for multi-centre and multi-national clinical trials sponsored by academic institutions and SMEs.
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ICRIN foundation members 2006- Professor Terry Smith and Professor Tim O’Brien, NUI Galway, Professor Brian Harvey RCSI, Dr Pierre Meulien, CEO Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre, Professor Bill Powderly, UCD, Professor Peter Kennedy, Professor Eamonn Quigley and Professor Fergus Shanahan, UCC, Professor Jim Browne, NUI Galway, Professor Dermot Kelleher, TCD, Professor Nicholas Canny, NUI Galway