Clinical Trials & Studies


Clinical research involving children is essential to increase the safety, efficacy and availability of medicines and medical procedures for children.

The Children’s Clinical Research Unit (CCRU) provides the infrastructure and expertise to support both the delivery of trials of new medicines and trials to provide robust evidence for the use of current medicines. We also support studies to determine best clinical practice or learn more about how a childhood disease progresses over time.

The following are types of studies supported across a wide range of therapeutic areas:

  • Clinical Trials
  •  Medical Device Investigations
  •  Observational studies
  •  Biobanking studies
  •  Registries

Our services and facilities are extended to both academic Investigator-led and industry sponsored studies.

We work principally with teams at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Ireland’s largest paediatric hospital, where we are based. We also extend support to other paediatric centres through provision of a centralised clinical research support service.

As the largest centre for paediatric clinical trials in Ireland, there is a high level of study activity across therapeutic areas – please see each section for details of ongoing and past clinical trials and studies.