Research and Development

Our Research and Development Department is part of the Medical Directorate.  We are based in the Clinical Translational Research & Innovation Centre (C-TRIC), which is located on the Altnagelvin Hospital site.  Our goal is to support and promote high quality clinical research for the health benefits of our population and to play our part in the delivery of research studies, and to align with the regional research and development (R&D) strategy for the Health and Social Care (HSC) sector.

The role of the department is to support and facilitate researchers to undertake high quality research and to provide research governance to ensure the interests of our participants, researchers and staff adhere to the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

We work closely with researchers from the Ulster University and Queen’s University as well as developing collaborative working with our three research network partners,

Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (NICRN)

Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network (NICTN)

Northern Ireland Public Health Research Network (NIPHRN)

Our Service

Our service is directed mainly at external researchers/applicants/sponsors of health research studies; to our staff who wish to conduct studies related to their own specialty/disease area of interest; as well as to the public who may wish to get involved in health research related activity, locally or through the regional group of representatives that consider public involvement enhancing research (PIER).

Contact Us

Research & Development Department
C-TRIC
Altnagelvin Hospital
Glenshane Road
Londonderry BT47 6SB
028 7161 1362
Email:  research.office@westerntrust.hscni.net

Lead Contact:  Mark Gibson, Research Nurse Manager
Mark.Gibson@westerntrust.hscni.net

Further Resources

A list of current and open studies can be found by contacting Mark Gibson, Research Nurse Manager.

We are also recruiting on behalf of Genomics Medicine Ireland to a range of studies across a number of disease topics – view opportunities.

We encourage public participation in research, and this means involving people in all aspects of the research process as partners rather than as research subjects – more information on public participation in research.

We work closely with the Research Division of the Public Health Agency and with the Health Research Authority