Clinical Research Facilities are dedicated and purpose built facilities with specialist clinical research and support staff, conducting commercial and non-commercial experimental medicine studies.
The Wellcome Trust-Wolfson Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility (NICRF) is a joint venture between the Health and Social Care, Queens University and the University of Ulster. It was established in 2013 with funding from the Wellcome Trust, Wolfson Foundation and HSC R&D Division to provide state-of-the-art facilities to support clinical research in Northern Ireland. The NICRF is based at the Belfast City Hospital site.
In addition the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) is a unique facility, based in the North West of Ireland promoting and facilitating translational and clinical research. C-TRIC’s infrastructure and situation on a major acute hospital campus (Altnagelvin Hospital) optimise the potential for high quality clinical research including clinical trials across a broad range of clinical specialities. The population of the North West is relatively homogeneous and static and provides opportunities for longitudinal cohort studies, family based studies and family follow-up.