CRDI is part of a new Erasmus+ funded programme with European partners:

The Curriculum Development of Human Clinical Trials for the Next Generation Biomedical Students (CONSCIOUS).

CONSCIOUS intends to tackle the skills gaps and mismatches related to European-level Clinical Trial Professionals through curriculum development and preparation of e-learning material for the career development of biomedical undergraduate students.

CONSCIOUS European Partners


  • University of Pécs (Coordination Lead – Hungary)
  • Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
  • University of Nova De Usboa (Portugal)
  • University of Paris-Diderot (France)
  • Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI) (Ireland)
  • European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN) – Associated Partner

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on the CONSCIOUS project partners


As part of the CONSCIOUS project, CRDI will work closely with European partners to produce an e-Learning course on ‘Introduction to Clinical Trials’.

The course syllabus addresses the core competencies for clinical investigation and will be aimed at various audiences including medical, pharmacologist and student nurses, at undergraduate level. CRDI will closely collaborate with the HRB Clinical Research Facility at University College Cork in the development of the course syllabus. Expertise from Prof Joe Eustace (Director at HRB CRF-UCC) and Dr Frances Shiely (HRB CRF-UCC) in Clinical Trials, including the development of the UCC online MSc Clinical Trials Course, is a crucial asset to the project.

Topics covered will include an introduction to clinical trials history, the three main phases of a clinical trial (planning, implementation and analysis), ethics, clinical trial design as well as protocols.

The CONSCIOUS project will provide open education and innovative practice in a digital area by making e-Learning material available for the Next Generation Biomedical Students regardless of geography.

CRDI will bring to the project its broad experience in developing and delivering innovative collaborative education programmes, including PhD programmes for scientists and clinicians, as well as its expertise in developing and delivering e-Learning materials.

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Further details at https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/