Derval Reidy Assistant Director of Nursing at the CRF in St James’s Hospital welcomes visitors to the Open Day
The Wellcome Trust – Health Research Board Clinical Research Facility at St James’s Hospital held an Open Day on 20 May to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day.
Professor Michael Gill CRF Director said “Our first Open Day was a great success with interested researchers patients carers patient support group members and the general public attending. Participants took part in a tour of the facility visiting a number of medical stations which provided blood pressure checks hand hygiene exercise physiology and respiratory education and demonstrations. They also viewed ultrasound EEG and laboratory demonstrations. Feedback was excellent and we are planning to hold a similar but larger event next year.”
The CRF’s mission is to improve health outcomes and quality of life by leading and enabling high quality innovative translational research. The aim of the Open Day was to inform and educate visitors on the importance of clinical research by showcasing the wide range of clinical research activity undertaken at the CRF and to encourage people to participate in clinical research studies and trials.
Over the course of the day the following presentations were made:
• Dr Emer Guinan presented research being conducted by the discipline of Physiotherapy at TCD including the PREPARE Trial of pre-surgical exercise interventions aimed at improving post-surgical outcomes for oesophagectomy patients.
• Dr Andrew Fagan of the Centre for Advanced Medical Imaging at St James’s Hospital presented research being carried out using the CRF’s ultrasound machine.
• Emily Naylor Clinical Research Nurse conducted an interactive activity with some of the participants that tested the effectiveness of proper hand-washing.
• Alva Barry Clinical Research Nurse provided information on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and demonstrated effective inhaler use.
• With the assistance of volunteers from the group Ann-Marie O’Sullivan Clinical Research Nurse demonstrated how blood pressure and heart rate are measured and recorded.
• In the CRF’s laboratory which is used for the initial processing and storage of samples taken from patients involved in research studies Dr Joe Mc Partlin demonstrated how DNA is extracted from blood cells for further investigation.
• Members of Dr Ed Lalor’s research group in the TCD School of Bioengineering provided a live demonstration of research
involving the facility’s EEG (electroencephalogram) suite.
Ger Loughnane TCD assists in the EEG demonstration
Each year International Clinical Trials Day commemorates the day in 1747 when James Lind started his famous randomised clinical trial which compared different treatments for scurvy laying the basis for modern clinical research. This day seeks to raise awareness of the importance of research to health care and provides a focal point for international communication debates and celebrations of clinical research.
The €7 million Wellcome Trust – HRB funded CRF is a joint venture between Trinity College Dublin and St James’s Hospital and was opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD on 30 May 2013. The 1300sqm facility is available for the conduct of a range of research studies including experimental medicine studies early and late phase clinical trials of medicinal products and medical devices investigator-led clinical studies and nursing research studies and studies by allied health professionals in the areas of bioengineering nutrition psychology pharmacy and physiotherapy. To date it has seen over 400 patients since its first patient in October 2013. See further information at http://www.sjhcrf.ie
The CRF is part of a range of health related research facilities on the St James’s Hospital campus and is part of a network of clinical research facilities in Dublin Cork and Galway.
The Management of St James’s Hospital CRF would like to thank all those who participated in the Open Day.