NICRN (Childrens)


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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.