Clinical Research Networks in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, the Health and Social Care (HSC) R&D Office has established the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (NICRN) to provide research infrastructure as part of the UKCRN.
This managed, comprehensive network has a coordinating centre based at the Belfast Royal Hospitals site and comprises nine NICRN areas of interest. These are networks of clinicians and other professionals with a critical mass of research interest in specific disease areas and with access to a sufficiently large patient population to enable recruitment. The NICRN areas of interest are:
The NICRN maintains a portfolio of network studies and assists with processes involved in setting up a study.