Cancer Trials Cork at Cork University Hospital (formerly known as the Oncology Clinical Trials Unit) was established in 2003. Professor Seamus O’Reilly, Consultant Medical Oncologist, was a founding Principal Investigator, and together with Ms Debra O’Hare, has been instrumental in overseeing its expansion over the the last two decades. Today, Cancer Trials Cork at CUH participates in clinical trials across medical oncology, radiation oncology, haematology, and surgical oncology.
We have over 20 Principal Investigators across cancer disciplines who are supported by a primary clinical trial team consisting of co-clinical directors: Dr Richard Bambury & Professor Roisin Connolly, cancer trials operational director: Ms Debra O’Hare, research nurses, radiation therapists, medical registrars, a clinical trials pharmacist, a research finance manager, a site set up specialist, data managers and clerical staff. We have been able to offer over 200 trials to our patients and have recruited nearly 4,000 people to translational/therapeutic clinical trials. In 2019, we relocated to our new headquarters based in the newly constructed, state of the art, Glandore Radiotherapy Centre at Cork University Hospital, where we have dedicated clinical trial clinics and offices.
Our vision is to offer the most promising and cutting-edge cancer treatment options to the people of Cork and the wider catchment area of Munster for which we serve as a tertiary referral centre. We aim to achieve this with a diverse portfolio which includes phase 1 to phase 3 translational, investigator-initiated and therapeutic trials across the majority of cancer subtypes and with proactive collaboration with other stakeholders. We receive key support from Cork University Hospital, South/Southwest Hospital Group, UCC Cancer Trials Group, Irish Research Radiation Oncology Group, Health Research Board, industry partners and Cancer Trials Ireland.