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Clinical Research Workshops

June 12th to 13th Dublin


The HRB funded Irish Critical Care-Clinical Research Centre (ICC-CRC) was established in 2015  to support research being conducted by the Irish Critical Care-Clinical Trials Group (ICC-CTG).

The ICC-CTG is an investigator led trials group representing the ICU doctors, nurses and scientists in Ireland to facilitate the conduct of research to improve outcome in the critically ill in Ireland.  Events include a two hour meeting in conjunction with the ICSI Annual Meeting in the AVIVA Stadium on Saturday 11th June 2016, and two Clinical Research Foundation Workshops on Sunday 12th & Monday 13th June 2016. We will have a distinguished international panel of guests. This will give you an excellent opportunity to learn from the inside how a CTG functions, what each unit needs to know, to network and keep up to speed with our current and future trials portfolio. We will host a networking dinner on Monday 13th June 2016 in The Dean Hotel, in Sophie's Restaurant.  These meetings will be just before the SMACC conference in Dublin this year and so may also be of interest to those visiting Dublin.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Current Chair of the Irish Critical Care Clinical Trials Group

Chair of Critical Care Medicine in University College Dublin



Prof Alistair Nichol

Prof Alistair Nichol
  • Chair of Critical Care Medicine in University College Dublin
  • Associate Professor, Australia New Zealand Intensive Care-Research Centre, Monash University, Australia.
  • Alistair's roles include Management Committee Chair, Principal Investigator, Chief Investigator and Site Investigator on many international multi-centre clinical trials. Professor Nichol is the current chair of the Irish Critical Clinical Trials Group He is currently collaborating with the Canadian, European, and Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Groups and is Deputy Chair of an International Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Consortium working party. In collaboration with the European Society of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Trials Group, Professor Nichol is a Work Package Leader of the Framework Program 7 project, which aims to meet and overcome the challenges associated with conducting research in the critically ill during pandemics.

    Dr Glen Eastwood

    Dr Glen Eastwood
  • Dr Glenn Eastwood is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the ANZIC-RC.
  • He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health at Deakin University. Dr Eastwood currently manages the Intensive Care research program at the Austin Hospital and is widely acknowledged as a leading research coordinator within the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society - Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS-CTG).

    Dr Rachel Parke

    Dr Rachel Parke
  • Rachael is the Nurse Senior Research Fellow in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit at Auckland City Hospital.
  • She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 2014 and is currently leading a programme of research investigating the effects of fluid management following cardiac surgery. Rachael is the current Chairperson of the ANZICS Intensive Care Research Coordinators Interest Group and Secretary of the ANZICs Clinical Trials Group Executive Committee.

    Prof Steve Webb

    Prof Steve Webb
  • Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital
  • Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine and Pharmacology and the School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia
  • Clinical Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.
  • Steve is the immediate past-Chair of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group.

    Dr Shay McGuinness

    Dr Shay McGuinness
  • Director of Research at the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
  • Clinical Director of the Air Ambulance Service, Auckland District Health Board
  • Dr McGuinness is the New Zealand representative on both the ANZIC-RC's Advisory Board and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS-CTG) Executive, and is also the Chair of the ANZICS-CTG.

    Dr Gail Carson

    Dr Gail Carson
    Gail is a consultant in Infectious diseases and has over a decade of experience in outbreak response at local, national & international levels including viral hemorrhagic fevers, SARS, H5, pH1N1, anthrax in drug users & Hantaan virus. She has spent five years with the Health Protection Agency of England. Dr Carson is the Clinical Coordinator for ISARIC & recently taken up a temporary position as the national lead to prepare a Clinical Research Network to respond to an emerging pathogen in the UK.

    Dr Rob Mac Sweeney

    Dr Rob Mac Sweeney
    Rob is an intensivist in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and runs the popular website Critical Care Reviews. He has spent the past 8 years disseminating research findings and other critical care literature through his website, weekly newsletter and annual meeting. He is about to start a podcast series in conjunction with the Irish Critical Care Clinical Trials Group showcasing forthcoming critical care research.

    Dr. Ciara Fahey

  • Ciara is the clinical research project manager for the ICC-CRC.
  • Ciara obtained her Bsc in Biochemistry from NUIG, MSc in Medical Molecular Genetics from The University of Aberdeen, followed by her PhD from Trinity College Dublin studying the genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders. Previously she has held positions in The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) Toronto, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Cambridge and the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Trinity College Dublin.

    Kathy Brickell

  • ICU Research Coordinator at St Vincent's University Hospital.
  • Qualified as an RGN from St Vincents Hospital and completed her ICU training in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital - Kathy has over 15 years of ICU experience including clinical trials in addition to 4 years of retrieval medicine.

    Sunday Programme

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    10:00   Registration    
    10:15   Welcome & Overview   Alistair Nichol
    10:30   Research 101: What is Research. What is Audit   Shay McGuinness
    10:50   Good Clinical Research Practice - How to Get Certified   Rachel Parke
    11:10   Consent to participate in Research   Shay McGuinness
    11:30   Research in my unit    
    11:40   Role of a Site Investigator   Rachael Parke
    12:00   Screening & Recruiting: The Art and Process of Potential Participants   Rachael Parke
    12:30   Participant Retention: Strategies for Success   Shay McGuinness
    13:00   Lunch    
    13:45   Data Management: Keeping it clean and simple   Rachael Parke & Kathy Brickell
    14:00   Site Monitoring: What your Monitor Can Do for You and Can do For Your Monitor   Belinda Howe
    14:20   Ethical Considerations in Research   Alistair Nichol
    14:40   Education Resources for Research Nurses   Shay Mc Guinness & Kathy Brickell
    15:15   Intensive Care Research Coordinators Interest Group   Glen Eastwood
    15:30   Collaborative Multi-Centre Research in Ireland   All Speakers
    15:45   Concluding Comments    
    16:00   End    
    • Study notes will be provided on each topic
    • Coffee will be served throughout the day

    Monday Programme

    09:30   Registration    
    09:45   Welcome & Overview   Alistair Nichol
    10:00   Multi Centre Research & Clinical Trials:   Shay McGuinness
    10:15   Evolution of the ANZICS/Clinical Trials Group   Steve Webb
    10:30   Irish Critical Care Clinical Trials Group Update   Alistair Nichol
    10:45   Research in my Unit   Rachel Parke
    11:00   Role of a Site Investigator   Shay McGuinness
    11:15   Social Media Support for a Clinical Trials Group   Rob Mac Sweeney
    11:30   Screening & Recruiting into studies   Glen Eastwood
    11:45   Intensive Care Research Coordinators Group   Glen Eastwood
    12:00   How to participate in a Management Committee   Steve Webb
    12:15   Strategies for funding a Research Coordinator   Rachel Parke
    12:30   Research Ethics   Steve Webb
    12:45   Questions    
    13:00   Lunch    
    14:00   PHARLAP   Alistair Nichol & Kathy Brickell
    14:45   SPICE   Belinda Howe & Kathy Brickell
    15:30   INFACT   Steve Webb
    15:45   ISARIC   Gail Carson
    16:10   How to Write a Fundable Research Grant   Shay McGuinness
    16:30   How to Design a Research Programme   All Speakers
    16:45   Concluding Comments    
    17:00   Questions & Closing Comments    
    • Study notes will be provided on each topic
    • Coffee will be served throughout the day


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