The Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (NICRN) undertakes research in child health throughout Northern Ireland. The NICRN is part of a UK-wide initiative to provide opportunities for patients and clinicians to participate in high-quality clinical research.
The NICRN aims to:
- promote research in child health within Northern Ireland;
- attract clinical trials in child health to Northern Ireland;
- conduct clinical trials across Northern Ireland to the highest standards of quality and safety;
- provide infrastructure to facilitate the start-up of new trials in medicines for children;
- improve access for children to new cutting-edge treatments.
Areas of interest include the following:
- Providing Neonatal – multiple studies covering non-invasive ventilation of premature infants, iodine supplementation in preterms and bereavement in the setting of a research trial.
- Asthma – studies on acute severe asthma, the genetics of asthma and management of chronic wheezing of novel diagnostic imaging tools in cardiac medicine.
- Adherence to medications – in children with epilepsy, rheumatic diseases and cystic fibrosis.
- Diabetes — natural history and early management of disease mellitus.
- Intensive care — studies in pain relief and sedation in the paediatric intensive care unit.