Minister for Health opens clinical research facility in Cork
The HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork was opened by Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Health, at the Mercy University Hospital in Cork on 5 March. This new clinical research facility for UCC enables health researchers to participate in high quality, innovative research initiatives and provides patients in the region with the opportunity to take part in clinical trials and to benefit from the latest advances in therapies, diagnostics and medical devices.
The HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork is funded by Health Research Board and University College Cork, one of MMI’s partner institutions, with the support of the Health Service Executive. Representing MMI at the event were Dr Ruth Barrington, Chief Executive, and Siobhan Gaynor, Programme Manager for Clinical and Translational Research.
Professor Joe Eustace, Clinical Director of the HRB Clinical Reserch Facility Cork explains to Minister James Reilly TD (second left), Jerry Buttimer TD (first left) and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Tony Fitzgerald, (third left) and how the facility will operate. Also pictured are Sandra Daly, CEO of Mercy University Hospital, (extreme right), and in the background, Enda Connolly, CEO of HRB, Pat Madden, former CEO of MUH, and Dr Colm Henry of MUH.
The HRB Clinical Research Facility Cork complements the HRB Discovery Centre, a paediatric clinical research facility located in Cork University Hospital which opened in 2011 and is the latest investment by the HRB in Ireland’s developing clinical research infrastructure. The HRB is also co-funding the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research with the Wellcome Trust and the Clinical Research Facility Galway in partnership with the HSE. These facilities, under the governance of the MMI partner institutions, are part of a national network of clinical research facilities that is raising Ireland’s international profile in the provision of state-of-the-art, patient-focused clinical research, thereby increasing Ireland’s appeal as a country of choice for the conduct of large-scale multinational clinical research studies.
To read a full report of the opening event please go the Health Research Board’s website.