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About CHITIN

Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials In Ireland Network (CHITIN) is a unique cross-border partnership between the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and the Health Research Board in the Republic of Ireland, to develop infrastructure and deliver Healthcare Intervention Trials (HITs). The HITs will help prevent and cure illness and promote improved health and wellbeing in NI, RoI and Irish cross-border areas.

There are 11 health and social care research trials covering a broad range of areas such as: Asthma, Stroke, Diabetes and Mental Health. They cover a range of disciplines such as Primary Care, Public Health and involve a broad range of HSC professionals. There are people from all walks of life involved in the trials from young people to older people.

See full list of CHITIN trials here

Most health research takes place in big cities and now this health inequality can be addressed through the CHITIN project, bringing researchers an opportunity to deliver in this area and to help benefit people and their communities.

Download An Overview of the CHITIN Trials Booklet here

Download the CHITIN brand guidelines here

Here is a video about CHITIN and the significance of this unique intervention research project...

The CHITIN project has received €8.8m (including 15% contribution from the Department of Health NI and the Health Service Executive (ROI)) from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).  www.seupb.eu

What is CHITIN?

CHITIN, a naturally occurring substance and the second most abundant organic compound in nature, enfolds, supports and protects the soft tissue of an insect’s body, forming an outer ‘exo-skeleton’.  Its chemical composition gives the CHITIN matrix increased strength. This was the source of inspiration for use of the CHITIN acronym and the accompanying ladybird logo for the Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network. Each of the ladybird’s spots represents a trial and the strength and durability of the CHITIN matrix is synonymous with the formation of the Network, through which it is envisaged we can deliver enhanced equity of opportunity to plan, deliver and participate in Healthcare Intervention Trials in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland.

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