Located at University Hospital Limerick, the Clinical Research Support Unit (CRSU) supports clinical research across the University, 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 inter-disciplinary clinical research will be encouraged. 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 industry, researchers and clinicians in UL, UL hospitals group and the mid-west community.
The CRSU establishes 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.