Staff of Wellcome Trust – HRB Clinical Research Facility at St James’s Hospital
The new Wellcome Trust – HRB Clinical Research Facility at St. James’s Hospital has recently recruited its first patient to a multi-site trial of a medical device designed to track how patients are using their asthma inhalers. “This is a significant milestone for the CRF and the first of many studies to be undertaken in the facility” reported Professor Michael Gill CRF Director.
Known as INCA (Inhaler Compliance Assessment) the study is designed to see if information collected from the device can be used to educate patients on how to improve their inhaler use technique thereby providing better patient outcomes and reducing the burden of this condition on the healthcare system. The study is supported by the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research.
IT and research nursing support is provided to the study by the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research a clinical research collaboration between TCD UCD RCSI Molecular Medicine Ireland and the associated Dublin area teaching hospitals funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Health Research Board.
The device is also being tested at RCSI CRC at Beaumont Hospital and the UCD CRC at St Vincent’s University Hospital under the direction of Professor Richard Costello as Principal Investigator. Both the device and associated software were developed by bioengineers at TCD and RCSI with funding provided by Enterprise Ireland.