Research & Innovation at CHI
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Academic Health Science Centre
As a research and teaching hospital we have very strong links with our university partners. CHI is fortunate to have four key local academic partners in Dublin, with whom we work very closely in terms of training the next generation of healthcare staff. These universities, DCU, UCD, RCSI and TCD have a long history of ties with CHI and our clinical sites. In order to harness the enormous potential from the coming together of CHI and the strong partnerships we have with our universities, we have developed an academic health science system for children (AHSS). AHS systems seek to integrate research, innovation, training and clinical care seamlessly together and are an essential component in the delivery of the highest quality of health care. Their role in advancing clinical care has been recognised all around the world. Our Academic Health Science Centre will drive future progress and integration between CHI and our university partners and ensure that we can deliver the best outcomes for our patients through research and innovation.
In an effort to ensure that CHI has a truly all island reach, we are also developing an academic partnership model with our colleagues from hospitals and universities outside of Dublin, linked with the developing clinical network, to support a truly integrated national approach to research and innovation for children.
National Children's Research Centre
The National Children’s Research Centre has been at the heart of paediatric research in Ireland and internationally for over four decades. Founded in 1965, it was the first dedicated research centre on the site of an Irish hospital. It offers a state of the art facility for biomedical research. NCRC has developed resources for clinical research, has recognised expertise in competitive grant awarding in paediatric research and a translational research laboratory on the CHI Crumlin site; this will transfer to the CRIC in due course. Funded from its inception by Children’s Health Foundation, and its predecessor organisation CMRF, NCRC services have more recently been seamlessly integrated with CHI’s research services. We are now jointly delivering a comprehensive support package for all types of children’s research and innovation for CHI.
Our office supports research throughout Children’s Health Ireland. We are developing a comprehensive program of work, based on CHI’s strategy for research, that will seek to support researchers at all levels to improve outcomes for children through their work. For high complexity research and clinical trials in a hospital setting, one of the essential elements in being able to deliver safe and effective projects is a Clinical Research Centre. CHI operates a Clinical Research Centre (CRC) across all CHI sites. Supported by the Health Research Board (HRB) and Children’s Health Foundation (CHF), the CHI-CRC enables CHI researchers to carry out complex projects and trials in a safe regulatory environment. The CRC at CHI is connected to the National Clinical Trials Office (NCTO), an umbrella organisation streamlining all clinical trials activity and centres across Ireland.
Our innovation team in CHI is motivated to foster and grow an environment in CHI where complex healthcare problems can be addressed through innovative and creative solutions. Working with academic and industry partners, we will ensure that innovative new treatments, products and services are designed with our patients and families at the centre. Our Innovation strategy outlines our plans for the next few years as we move to the new hospital.
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