Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

About Us

The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) is the probably the oldest independent membership-led professional body for global clinical researchers.  

For over 40 years, The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) has provided high quality training, networking and support to the clinical research community.  For many Members the Institute has been part of their life throughout their working careers, many have been with the Institute since its first incarnation as the ACRPI.

It is the membership that makes the Institute.

How does it all work ?

The Institute of Clinical Research is you, the Membership governed by the Articles of Memorandum drawn up by the founding members.

The Board is made up of members who give their time freely to guide the future direction of the ICR.

The ICR Secretariat is the administrative arm of the Institute, its primary focus is to ensure that the wishes of the Board and Membership are carried out and to see to the day to day tasks that any membership organisation generates.


Our Mission

The ICR exists to support our members through all stages of their careers. We do this, in part, by:

  • Defining and refining standards for our profession
  • Providing a forum for discussion of key issues impacting clinical research
  • Promoting good relations with other healthcare related groups 
  • Providing opportunities for learning and development to enhance professional competence 
  • Enhancing public confidence and understanding of clinical research


Current News

Spring Ethics & GCP Forum Friday 19th April

By ICR Secretariat / 21/02/2024 03:29 PM

Tickets are NOW ON SALE for our Spring Ethics & GCP Forum at University College London on Friday 19th April. Lord O'Shaughnessy will be presenting…

In wake of Reata buyout, Biogen's key launch Skyclarys passes muster in EU

By ICR Secretariat / 20/02/2024 02:33 PM

Roughly half a year after Biogen’s $7.3 billion buyout of rare disease specialist Reata Pharmaceuticals, the companies’ blockbuster bid for Reata’s Fr…

NIHR awards over £20m to eight new global health research projects

By ICR Secretariat / 20/02/2024 02:32 PM

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has awarded over £20m to eight new global health research projects to strengthen health ser…

AstraZeneca 'body checks' cancer in NHL-partnered screening push

By ICR Secretariat / 20/02/2024 02:31 PM

AstraZeneca is working with the NHL to encourage people to “Get Body Checked Against Cancer.” The campaign is designed to encourage sports fans to ask…

Rapid rollout of NHS blood-thinning drugs has saved thousands of lives

By ICR Secretariat / 09/11/2023 03:46 PM

Since 2022, an estimated 17,000 strokes and 4,000 deaths have been prevented

The NHS has revealed that thousands of lives have been saved and around 1…

Lilly, Boehringer run 'It takes 2' campaign with hip-hop artist Rob Base for kidney disease awarenessThe obesity drug effect: What medical device executives are saying

By ICR Secretariat / 09/11/2023 03:46 PM

Jardiance development partners Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim say it takes two: two tests, to be exact, to find out about a patient’s kidney disea…

Dr Know

By ICR Secretariat / 09/11/2023 03:43 PM

The world we’re living in is changing rapidly and the future of health is being profoundly shaped by several interconnected factors.

Five Trends Set to Disrupt Health Marketing in 2024

By ICR Secretariat / 02/11/2023 11:31 AM

The media marketplace’s shifting dynamics have reached tectonic proportion with reshuffles at emergent platforms and effects of union strikes shaking …

Vertex gearing up for launch as sickle cell therapy review advances

By ICR Secretariat / 02/11/2023 11:25 AM

By early December, the Food and Drug Administration will decide on approval of a genetic medicine for sickle cell disease, potentially offering people…

Moods change with the months? Bausch has a seasonal depression drug TV campaign for you

By ICR Secretariat / 02/11/2023 11:21 AM

With the nights drawing in, Bausch Health is taking the plunge on the first-ever TV spot for its seasonal affective disorder (SAD) drug Aplenzin. The …

UK launches its first national PET imaging platform for drug discovery

By ICR Secretariat / 12/10/2023 03:37 PM

NPIP will transform medical research and provide better outcomes for patients

The Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC), the Medical Research Council (MR…

Astellas starts Veozah TV push, pitching menopause drug as how to go from hot flashes to not flashes

By ICR Secretariat / 12/10/2023 03:36 PM

Astellas’ mission to turn menopause drug Veozah into a major product is ratcheting up a gear, with the drugmaker hitting go on a TV spot centered on h…

Trials of the century

By ICR Secretariat / 12/10/2023 03:34 PM

Overcoming operational hurdles and igniting clinical trials

In an era characterised by remarkable breakthroughs in drug discovery, development and bio…

Site Enablement: How Sponsors and CROs Can Enhance Their Clinical Trials in a Competitive Landscape

By ICR Secretariat / 19/09/2023 10:36 AM

The evolution of clinical research has been dependent on the conversion of Healthcare Organizations (HCOs) to clinical research sites, along with the …

Opening doors

By ICR Secretariat / 19/09/2023 10:34 AM

Following in their footsteps – the young people choosing to follow their parents into the pharmaceutical industry

Pharma has changed a lot in recent y…

J&J to phase out Janssen name in corporate rebrand

By ICR Secretariat / 19/09/2023 10:33 AM

Janssen, a brand name that for six decades has been emblazoned on Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical laboratories and prescription drugs, will be …

NICE gives green light for MSD's Keytruda

By ICR Secretariat / 31/08/2023 03:03 PM

The decision is the first verdict based on data from a wider immunotherapy ‘basket’ study

MSD has revealed that the National Institute for Health and …

Biogen kicks off 1,000 layoffs as part of CEO Chris Viehbacher's 'complete redesign'

By ICR Secretariat / 31/08/2023 03:02 PM

It was only last spring that Biogen started a round of layoffs that eventually shrank the company’s head count by nearly 900 people last year. Now, a …

Men with enlarged prostates offered robotic treatment by fourth University Hospital

By ICR Secretariat / 31/08/2023 03:01 PM

Aquablation is a robotic method that uses a high-pressure saline solution to remove tissue

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals (NNUH) Urology…

Autumn Ethics & GCP Forum - ONLINE - Friday 17th November 2023

By ICR Secretariat / 17/08/2023 03:28 PM

To book via Eventbrite and see the full agenda visit our Website

If you have any questions please email office@icr-global.org 

Green light for one of Europe’s largest life sciences campus

By ICR Secretariat / 17/08/2023 02:55 PM

Reef Group and UBS Asset Management have gained approval to develop one of Europe’s largest life sciences campuses in Stevenage, UK.

Family of Henrietta Lacks sues Ultragenyx over use of HeLa cell line

By ICR Secretariat / 17/08/2023 02:54 PM

The family of Henrietta Lacks is suing rare disease drug developer Ultragenyx over its use of technology built from her cells, which were taken withou…

Cannabinoid company expands into oncology

By ICR Secretariat / 02/08/2023 02:34 PM

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Holdings (OCTP) – the company developing prescription cannabinoid medicines – is expanding its research and developmen…

Build a More Participant-Focused Trial: Amplify the Patient Voice in Clinical Research Technology Development

By ICR Secretariat / 02/08/2023 02:33 PM

For those of us who use sophisticated digital tools every day, it’s easy to assume that technology always makes life easier. It doesn’t.

TauRx’s deliver Alzheimer’s disease therapy results

By ICR Secretariat / 02/08/2023 02:32 PM

TauRx Pharmaceuticals – a company focused on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research – has announced results from its pivotal phase 3 LUCIDITY trial.

The st…

Events and Courses

Statistics for Non-Statisticians I01

Please email office@icr-global.org if you wish to book a place Guest £550.00 ICR Member £450.00 ICR Academic £350.00 ...

Clinical Trial Administration - Beyond the Basics D01

ONLINE Course - Please email office@icr-global.org if you wish to book a place Guest £550.00 ICR Member £450.00 ICR Acade...

Effective Project Management - An Introduction (3 Days ) F01


GCP Refresh C02

ONLINE Course Please email office@icr-global.org if you wish to book a place Guest £550.0...

Vendor Oversight in Clinical Trials G01

ONLINE Course - Please email office@icr-global.org if you wish to book a place Guest £550.00 ICR Member £450.00 ICR Acade...

Effective Project Management for Clinical Trials (3 Days ) F01

Guest £1360.00 ICR Member £1125.00 ICR Academic £915.00 This practical course provides delegates with basic project manag...

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