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September 2022

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UCD Centre of Arthritis Research

The UCD Centre of Arthritis Research is delighted to welcome Professor Derek Stewart for the September Monthly Seminar Series.

Rheumatology Research Series taking place on Friday 16th September 2022 at 3pm.

The seminar will feature a presentation by Dr. Derek Stewart with the title as: “Patients as more than participants in research” – A look at how patients and the public are actively involved in assisting researchers with studies.

Derek got interested in research following treatment for throat cancer and became actively involved in patient involvement and advocacy at a local, national and international level. In 2006 Derek was awarded an OBE and in 2020, appointed Honorary Professor at National University of Ireland, Galway and he is involved with a number of research initiatives in Ireland.  He writes regularly on his blog

Register in advance for this meeting:

If you have any additional queries, please contact

August 2022

HPRA Call for Expert Input

The HPRA has issued an open call for external experts to provide clinical input in relation to clinical studies and scientific advice for new products under development, applications to market innovative medicines that offer new treatment options for patients, and any emerging quality or safety concerns in relation to medicines and medical devices on the market. This will provide clinical experts with an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of how health products are regulated nationally and in Europe, gain an insight into the development of innovative health products and contribute to ensuring that health products are safe and effective for patients.


We at the NCTO strongly encourage the contributions of external experts in relation to the following areas:

  • Oncology and Haematology
  • Cardiovascular, Endocrinology, Renal, Respiratory
  • Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Immunology, Dermatology
  • Neurology, Pain and Psychiatry
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics and Geriatrics
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Diagnostic & Therapeutic
  • Radiopharmaceuticals

Contributing to the over-all heath of the Clinical trials eco-system in Ireland and the EU is an ongoing mission for the NCTO and we are pleased to be able to support our colleges in the HPRA in this endeavour.

Further information, including details on how to apply, is available in the call for expressions of interest on the HPRA website Provision of clinical advice to the HPRA – call for expressions of interest.

May 2022

The NCTO celebrated International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) on May 12th

Please see here a link to all presentations from the NCTO ICTD event on May 12th

Download the ICTD 2022 brochure here


IFLA ARL Webinar Series – Research Ethics in an Open Research Environment

24th – 25th of May 2022

See full announcement and details at:

April 2022

Registration is now open for the HRB National Clinical Trials Office (NCTO), International Clinical Trials Day, National Conference – “Clinical Research in Ireland 2022”

The HRB NCTO full day, on-line conference celebrating International Clinical Trials Day

Thursday May 12th 2022

Register here

Irish Health Research Forum (IHRF)

Embedding research in the Irish health service
09:30 – 13:00, Wednesday, 11th May, 2022
In person: The Spencer Hotel, IFSC

Register here!

UK CRF Network Conference – 14th and 15th July 2022

March 2022

HRB National Clinical Trials Office (NCTO)

HRB NCTO – Spring Newsletter

HRB NCTO Spring 2022 Newsletter


National Research Ethics Committee (NREC)

Expressions of Interest for Membership of the National Research Ethics Committees (NRECs)

Click here for details



HRB National Clinical Trials Office (NCTO)

HRB NCTO Conference – International Clinical Trials Day 2022