Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials & Research Studies

The Mater Hospital is a university teaching hospital for healthcare professionals. Much of this teaching takes place in clinical areas and you may be asked to help the learning and teaching of staff and students or in clinical trials/research studies.

Clinical Trials can offer patients new treatments not currently available as Standard of Care.

The Clinical Trials Research Unit has been in existence at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital for over 10 years. We coordinate a wide portfolio of Clinical Trials in the Oncology and Haematology area and have a large and very experienced team to manage this activity which includes Clinical Staff (Oncology & Haematology Consultants, Research Nurses and Pharmacists) and non Clinical Staff (Data Management and Administration). 

We operate across the Mater Campus offering the Clinical Trials in both the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the Mater Private Hospital.

“There are a number of reasons you may take part in a Clinical Trial, you may have a rare Cancer or a Cancer in whom options may at the moment be limited. A lot of the new promising drugs in Cancer medicine arise because of early promise that the drug has shown in the Laboratory or in early testing and adding new treatments to existing standards of care compared to the standard of care may often improve an individual persons cancer outcome and overall survival.”- Professor John McCaffrey – Consultant Oncologist & Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Research Unit

“I was monitored a lot by the Clinical Trials team, I suppose you do get that extra level, not to take away from the amazing care that I received but there is that extra level of care and attention due to being on a trial”– Diane Hanly – Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Clinical Trial patient

“What I would say to anyone who is in the position I was in, to go ahead and embrace the trial, maybe a bit of inconvenience involved but at the end of the day it’s so important when they can do so much today to help”– Tom Murphy – Mater Private Hospital Clinical Trial patient

For further information about Oncology & Haematology Clinical Trials available at the Mater Campus please contact:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials involve asking you, as a patient, to agree to take part in a research study within a hospital environment so that the effects of a drug/medicine and/or treatment can be closely and scientifically observed and recorded.

There are strict guidelines and rules to carrying out research. Pharmaceutical companies wishing to produce and sell new drugs / medicines / treatments must first carry out extensive and scientific research.

How is my safety protected?

Clinical trials and research studies must follow appropriate guidelines.

Medical research must obey ethical standards that promote respect for people.

The hospital’s Research Ethics Committee must approve every research study or clinical trial before the trial/study begins.

Why should I participate?

Clinical trials help us understand the causes, development and effects of diseases and find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases.

The health of millions has been improved due to the willingness of people like you to take part in clinical research and help medical staff to obtain the best possible training.

Do I have to take part?

No. You have the right to say no and this will not affect your treatment in any way.

If you do decide to take part, you are free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.

In addition, you will be provided with written information in the form of a patient information leaflet. You will be provided with a full explanation and you must give your written consent.

Useful links with information regarding Clinical Trials in Ireland





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