The HRI Clinical Research Support Unit (CRSU) is an integral part of the HRI to support clinical research at a number of sites including the UL campus, UL Hospitals sites and primary community care health settings. ‘Clinical research’ is defined as any health-related research that involves humans, their tissue(s) and/or their data. Such research will span all clinical disciplines and, in particular, inter-disciplinary clinical research will be encouraged.
The CRSU maximises the impact of the research activities of the HRI by establishing partnerships with other institutions locally, nationally and internationally. Such partnerships include industry, philanthropic trusts, other academic institutions and healthcare providers, whether hospital or primary community care based. The CRSU serves as the co-ordinating unit for UL led studies, single site or multi-site. In cases where UL is part of a multi-site project but is not the lead site, the CRSU acts as the link for the lead site, to engage with UL researchers and clinicians. The initial activity was to establish a firm partnership via an MoU with UL Hospitals. It is envisaged that further partnerships will be developed as the unit expands.
HRI CRSU activities involving UL Hospitals staff is conducted through a sub-unit, the UL/UL Hospitals Clinical Research Unit (CRU). The UL/UL Hospitals CRU is a jointly governed and resourced unit established to promote clinical research among UL and UL Hospitals staff.
UL/UL Hospitals CRU Team
Dr Mary Clarke Moloney
Clinical Operations Manager
Direct line: 353 (0)61 234230 (UL) 353 (0)61 482271 (CRSU, UHL)
Mary is the Clinical Operations Manager for the HRI. Mary is a qualified registered nurse since 1994 (Bon Secours Hospital) and an experienced clinical researcher having worked in clinical research since 2002. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Limerick in 2006 through the Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering. She has worked on a wide range of research projects, both industry and investigator led, where she has been involved in the research process from concept to publication.
Mary was appointed to her current role as HRI Clinical operations manager in May 2014. Central to this is her management of the Clinical Research Support Unit (CRSU) which facilitates the delivery of clinical research projects with the support of her experienced research nursing team.
Elaine Conway CNM2
Senior Research Nurse
Direct line: 353 (0)61 482308
Elaine qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1993 (Waterford Regional Hospital). She held nursing positions as staff nurse and senior staff nurse in the areas of peri-operative nursing and triage nursing for over 20 years. Elaine moved into the area of Clinical research nursing in 2013.
Elaine is currently employed as a Senior Research Nurse in the UL/UL Hospital Clinical Research Unit supporting various research projects. Her role involves providing research nurse support and trial co-ordination to both industry sponsored and academic studies, in the areas of pharmaceutical and device trials. Since taking up post Elaine was awarded an MSc in Nursing from the University of Limerick in 2015.
Clinical Research Nurse
Direct line: 353 (0)61 588394
Fiona qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 2006 from the University of Limerick. She has experience in a wide range of specialties, working in both Ireland and Australia. She has specialised in renal nursing, working in the field of Haemodialysis in both Limerick and Galway for over 5 years. In 2016 she was awarded a MSc in Nursing & Midwifery Education from the National University of Ireland Galway.
Fiona joined the UL/UL Hospitals CRU in July 2017 as Research Nurse to the Vascular Team. Her role involves providing research nurse support and trial co-ordination for vascular projects which include industry sponsored and academic studies.
Senior Research Nurse
Direct line: 353 (0)61 482486
Siobhan is a dual qualified Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability (RNID) and Registered General Nurse(RGN) with over 15 years of nursing experience in the areas of intensive care, medical, surgical and intellectual disability. Her research experience includes working as CNM2 Clinical Trials Coordinator Oncology. In 2014 she was awarded a MSc in Nursing from the University of Limerick.
Siobhan commenced work in the CRU in 2016 and her role involves providing research support and trial coordination for both industry sponsored and academic studies.
Direct line: 353 (0)61 482009
Rita qualified as a registered general nurse and gained over 12 years post registration experience in Ireland, Australia, and Germany specializing in the area of neurosurgery at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. In 2005 she was awarded a masters degree in Health Education Promotion from the University of Limerick.
Rita spent 5 years working as a research nurse at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University College Cork where she worked on large-scale population based studies. Rita is currently employed as a part-time research nurse in the UL/UL Hospital Clinical Research Unit and her main areas of interest include translational research and health informatics.