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Clinical research is essential to provide an evidence base for improved medicines and the treatment of sick children. It is well accepted internationally that hospitals active in research and innovation are associated with better outcomes for patients and better recruitment and retention of staff. As the leading centre in Ireland for the conduct of clinical trials and studies in children and young adults, CHI has excellence in research and innovation as one of its key strategic objectives.

With the coming together of the Dublin children’s hospitals under a single organisation, Children's Health Ireland (CHI), and the development of the new urgent care centres, we are now at an exciting juncture for children’s health in Ireland.

As part of ongoing development at CHI to prepare for the new children’s hospital, a rationalisation and integration of the existing clinical research infrastructure across all sites is currently being undertaken. A new Research & Innovation Office (RIO) is being established within CHI and will bring all aspects of clinical research infrastructure together under a single governance and management structure. These include the Temple Street Research Office and research staff, the Cancer Clinical Trials Unit and the Children’s Clinical Research Unit which is currently being transitioned from the National Children’s Research Centre.

The set-up of the RIO and integration across sites is set to be rolled out in 2021. Further updates will follow in line with our progress.

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