Matt Moran, director, BioPharmaChem Ireland, Ciara Peters, project manager, CRDI, Prof Pat O’Mahony, chief executive, CRDI and chair of future investment in clinical research steering committee at the launch of a strategic report, Future Investment in Clinical Research, in Dublin. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

A joint Government and industry funded programme to scale up clinical research in Ireland would offer much more opportunity for patients to participat(...)

Marine Martin, founder and spokeswoman of the French association of parents of children suffering from anti-convulsant syndrome (APESAC). Her book “Depakine, The Scandal (I Could Not Keep Silent)” is published this month. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Disability organisations have called for a national audit of women who have taken a widely used anti-epilepsy drug while pregnant. The groups want to(...)

Clinical research ‘needs to be at the core of our health services’, says Medical Research Charities Group

The Government must spend more on medical research to ensure patients receive the best care possible, a grouping of charities has said in a man(...)

Luke O’Dowd at home in Blackrock, Co Dublin, with his sister, Meabh, and mother, Annemarie. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When he was six months old, Luke became unwell very quickly one evening: he developed a rash, was lethargic and didn’t want to feed. I called a night (...)

Great progress has been made in recent years to advance capability in Ireland in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of clinical trials. Th(...)

Philip Watt,  chairman of the Medical Research Charities Group.   “The Department of Health must ensure that accurate adequate warnings are distributed as quickly as possible.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Patient groups have urged the Department of Health to avoid “another thalidomide” by imposing stricter warnings on a drug commonly used to treat epi(...)

 Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital Crumlin: While attempting to provide a national service for children and adults alike, the centre is under the governance of the hospital, which now wants to bring it in a tighter embrace. This raises the question of what will happen to the centre’s adult patients and those from outside the Dublin region.

Five per cent of the population is affected by genetic disorders and may require testing or counselling in relation to conditions that may be passed o(...)

HSE: provided useful funding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish medical research occurs on an ad hoc basis without proper co-ordination, a review has found. And too many young researchers attempting to build (...)