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Research Networks

HSC R&D Division support Research Networks in Northern Ireland.

Research Networks provide infrastructure to allow high-quality clinical research to take place across Health and Social Care (HSC) structures, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments.

In Northern Ireland there are three Research Networks:

The NICRN and NICTN provide skilled health professionals working across Northern Ireland, who can help researchers to set up and run clinical studies quickly and effectively. They can facilitate training & education needs in research and endeavour to work with patients and the public to ensure their needs are at the centre of this research activity.

Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network
(Co-ordinating Centre)
King Edward Building
The Royal Hospitals
Grosvenor Road
Belfast BT12 6BA

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9063 6365


Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network
East Podium, C Floor
Belfast City Hospital
51 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7AB

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9063 8468

The NIPHRN is set up differently. It facilitates individuals to form Research Development Groups (RDGs) to develop research protocols to attract external funding in relation to a new policy/intervention planned by a policy, practice or service partner or a natural experiment in the field of public health.

Dr Mark Tully
Centre of Excellence in Public Health (NI)
Centre for Public Health
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
The Royal Hospitals
Grosvenor Road
Belfast BT12 6BJ