Who We Are


The National Children’s Research Centre has been in existence for over 50 years and has been funded since its inception by the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF). Situated on the grounds of the largest children’s hospital in Ireland, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, the Centre was established with the key aim to improve the lives and health of children through research.

Our fundamental belief is that research changes children’s lives.

Research brings about this change through rigorous questioning; through looking beyond what disease a child has, to why they have it, and how the diagnosis, treatment, and outcome can be improved. Children are not small adults, and so need research that is tailor-made to their needs, their responses, and their metabolism. They need drugs and treatments that are specifically designed for them and that are age appropriate. They need, and deserve, to be included in research.

It is the mission of the NCRC to support internationally competitive, high quality research that makes a lasting improvement to the lives of children.