CRDI is coordinating expertise across our partner academic institutions and beyond to develop and deliver resources for research training.

Development of one such resource, e-Learning, is a current priority area for CRDI. We are working with our academic research community, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, the Health Products Regulatory Authority, the National Standards Authority of Ireland and patients to develop online/blended education modules and information resources. A multimedia approach incorporates filmed presenters with dynamic graphics, case studies, interviews, resources and quizzes.

e-Learning modules developed by CRDI

EU Regulation of Medical Devices

In partnership with CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices

This module provides an introduction to regulation of medical devices within the European Union. It introduces the student to the governing regulatory framework along with associated concepts, definitions, roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders.

Case Studies in Drug Discovery & Development

Academic Coordinator: Prof David Brayden (UCD)

This module introduces the concepts involved in the drug discovery and development process in the pharmaceutical industry and provides case studies of both small molecule and biotech molecule development from discovery to market. The module features perspectives from academia and industry, with input from university spin-offs, venture capitalists and patients.

Principles of Medical Device Design

Academic Coordinator: Prof Abhay Pandit (NUI Galway), Dr Manus Biggs (NUI Galway)

This module integrates the approaches of engineering and life sciences, including strategies involving nanotechnology and regenerative medicine. It provides an introduction to assessing clinical need/market, selecting the optimal treatment strategy and the design factors of a medical device, and covers the translation to market.


Academic Coordinator: Dr Akke Vellinga (NUI Galway)

Epidemiology studies the occurrence of health and disease in populations with the use of scientific and standardised methods. This module introduces methods used in epidemiological research and discusses outcomes of studies.

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This video is part of the CRDI E-Learning module, ‘Case Studies in Drug Discovery & Development’. Prof Sally-Ann Cryan (Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics, RCSI) introduces us to the medical device company Aerogen in Galway and Dr Ronan Mac Loughlin (Senior Scientist, Aerogen).

The MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme is funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 5, and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).