St James’s Hospital announced the establishment of the new Research and Development Hub, in association with the on-site Wellcome Trust – HRB Clinical Research Facility.
The new Research and Development Hub will support researchers in all aspects of their explorations, from their pursuit of grants through to publication and an increased focus on presenting research findings both to clinicians and the public. In order to support the new R&D Hub, St James’s Hospital will continue to focus on fostering furthering research-based relationships, collaborations and partnerships as well as simplifying the research application approval process.
Welcoming the new Hub, St James’s Hospital CEO, Lorcan Birthistle said: “I am delighted to launch the new Research and Development Hub here in St James’s. This centre will build on the strong research culture which already exists on our campus and we look forward to supporting researchers in every way we can.”
The first of its kind in Ireland, the Research and Innovation Hub represents an important milestone in the expansion of research and innovation capabilities for clinical research in Ireland. The Hub’s administrative functions will be centralised at St James’s to allow for the greatest level of efficiency. St James’s are currently in the process of developing ambitious plans to promote hospital-wide research and to systemically grow its research capacity.
The strategic direction of the Hub will be led by a steering group, co-chaired by Ms. Ann Dalton, St James’s Hospital Chief Operations Office, and Professor Michael Gill, Director of the Clinical Research Facility. Dr. Declan O’Hanlon will take the role of Programme Manager.
Commenting on the new Research and Development Hub, Professor Michael Gill, Director of the Clinical Research Facility said: “This new research hub is a novel initiative in the Irish context bringing together the expertise available to the partners to support clinical research which will ultimately result in better clinical outcomes for Irish patients.”