University College Dublin, NUID-UCD

Principal Investigator: Professor Douglas Veale

Main tasks in the project and previous experience relevant to those tasks:

The group in Dublin, led by Professor Veale, will be a co-leader of Work Package 6. The objectives in WP6 include (1) To develop a co-ordinated mechanism of recruitment of patients for clinical trials, reflecting daily practice (2) To develop evidence-based treatment options to offer a personalised medicine approach to RA therapy. The co-partner, as a director of translational research and consultant rheumatologist, in academic practise for over 20 years has extensive experience in establishing and interrogating clinical databases, and in coordination of clinical trials. The team in Dublin is based in the state-of-the-art clinical research centre of the Dublin Academic Medical Centre which networks across Ireland and includes medical director, scientific director, data coordinator, research nurses and research technicians. In addition, the group in Dublin as a participating member and key contributor to the AutoCure programme (EU FP6) has commenced the longitudinal collection of clinical and biological data on RA patients commencing conventional and biologic therapies with a view of developing personalised medicine.

Short profile of the staff who will carry out the work:

Ursula Fearon, Senior Scientist in Translational Research
Jennifer McCormack, Research Technician
Phil Gallagher, Clinical Trials Research and Database Coordinator