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Education & Training

CASPIR is the Irish branch of the internationally recognised Critical Appraisal Skills Programme. CASP developed workshops and tools for critically appraising a wide range of research including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, qualitative studies, cohort studies or case-control studies. These workshops and resources e.g. checklists, help participants put knowledge into practice.
CASP is for anyone that wants to use research evidence in their professional practice, professional and personal decision making, and in development of policy and guidelines.

CASPIR is a collaborative programme between University of Limerick, UL Hospitals Group and the Department of Public Health in the Mid-West and it is coordinated through the UL/UL Hospitals Clinical Research Unit.

This training is open to all healthcare professionals and is most relevant to Principal Investigators, Research Nurses and associated research staff involved in the set-up and conduct of clinical trials.

The following content is included: 

·        Introduction to Drug Development and Clinical Research

·        Research Ethics and Clinical Research Governance

·        Principles of Good Clinical Practice

·        Investigator Responsibilities

·        Essential Documents

·        Regulatory Inspection

The course is delivered with a practical focus with group workshops and many opportunities for discussion and questioning.

This ICH E6 GCP course, complete with the latest revision to the guidelines, meets the Minimum Criteria identified by TransCelerate BioPharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial Sponsors.  

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance which will be valid for 2 years and will demonstrate the participant’s evidence of GCP training for regulated research studies.

The CRSU team deliver this training regularly  (dates will be communicated as and when courses occur.) Trainings are also available to PIs and clinical teams on request.

This entails a series of talks and workshops, delivered virtually, dealing with the essential elements of Health Research- its conduct and specific methodologies.

These sessions occur on a monthly basis on the last Wednesday of each month and are presented by experts in their respective areas.

The sessions are continuous except for a summer break.

More information can be found in the HRI News & Events section or by clicking the link at the end of the page

The HRI Conversation is a monthly virtual event, which has temporarily replaced the HRI traditional onsite lunches. The purpose of this forum includes provision of an opportunity to highlight excellent research work, provide updates on study progress, share knowledge and best practice, inform on local and national research developments and to hear from invited speakers.

The sessions occur on a monthly basis on the second Thursday of each month.

The sessions are continuous except for a summer break.

More information can be found in the HRI News & Events section or by clicking the link at the end of the page

The HRI Biostatistician conducts a series of statistical workshops for interested researchers each year, introducing the most important statistical techniques in research, and illustrating how to use key statistics software packages in order to run analyses.

Course content typically includes:

Descriptive Statistics

Introduction to SPSS

Confidence Intervals

Hypothesis Testing


More information can be found in the HRI News & Events section or by clicking the link at the end of the page

The Clinical Research Support Unit hosts regular training in ISO 14155: the standard for Clinical Investigation of Medical Devices for human subjects – Good Clinical Practice. 

This provides crucial guidance and understanding from the perspective of the Sponsor and the Investigator/Research team in how to apply these principles to everyday research activities.

The University of Limerick offers Research Integrity training using the Epigeum platform

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