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Clinical Research Facility Seeks Proposals from Clinicians for Research Clinics


The Wellcome  HRB Clinical Research Facility is seeking applications from clinical investigators for research clinics supported by the CRF’s facilities and resources.  Through its research support activities, the CRF is willing to provide resources and facilities to clinicians and cross-disciplinary groups in St. James’s Hospital wishing to characterise patient cohorts.  

In 2019, the CRF can support up to four Research Clinics, offering the following resources:

  • Three clinical consultation rooms
  • Six-bed day ward for testing and assessment of patients
  • CRF Research Nurse support
  • Access to SJH PAS and EPR system
  • Waiting area for 20 patients
  • Pneumatic tube link to CPL
  • Local sample processing for cohort-specific bio-collections
  • Electrophysiology (EEG)
  • Liver elastography/ultrasound
  • ECG
  • Research data entry
  • Access to TTMI Biobanking infrastructure
  • Assistance with grant applications from TTMI Research Programme Manager (RPO). 

In addition, consultants/clinical teams are free to bring their own team to support the research clinic.

 Conditions/ Terms:

  • Research clinic must have the prospect of generating research outputs such as grant applications, academic training, funded studies and publications and clinical trials within 12 to 24 months
  • A consultant would be permitted to run a research clinic for up to 12 months and this would be extended subject to review
  • Applications must clearly identify a hospital-based PI (consultant) to take responsibility for the clinic
  • The Consultant is expected to provide their own staffing for the clinic – CRF research nurse support can be provided where justified by the applicant. 

The CRF is open to proposals from a wide range of specialities and cross-disciplinary groups, including, for example, research clinics led by nurses, physiotherapists, clinical nutritionists, social workers and other health professionals.  Some examples of research clinics that have been successful in other large teaching hospitals include: 

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Interstitial Lung Disease/Fibrotic Lung Disease
  • Raynaud’s Disease
  • Scleroderma/SLE
  • Vasculitis
  • Rare Kidney Disease
  • Uro oncology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hypertension
  • Early Arthritis
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Sepsis 


Application Process

Clinicians interested in developing a research clinic are encouraged to download more detailed background information and an application form, which should be completed and sent by e-mail to Anna Baczek (BURDZANA@tcd.ie) by COB on 30 November 2018. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Martina Hennessy (086 828 1197), Director, or Dr David Kevans (086 816 4545), Associate Director.


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