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

NHS has ‘big tech’ patient data analysis fears

By ICR Secretariat / 04/12/2019 12:45 PM

A new survey has revealed that the mass majority of NHS staff are not comfortable with the idea of “big tech” companies such as Facebook and Apple ana…

Cancer survivors 'have higher heart risk'

By ICR Secretariat / 04/12/2019 12:44 PM

More than one in 10 cancer patients die from heart and blood vessel problems, rather than their initial illness, a study says.

The European Heart Jour…

Novartis set to buy The Medicines Company in $9.7bn deal

By ICR Secretariat / 04/12/2019 12:43 PM

Novartis has announced plans to acquire The Medicines Company (TMC), in a deal worth $9.7 billion.

The company has confirmed that the purchase was dec…

ICR Office Closed for Ethics & GCP Forum

By ICR Secretariat / 26/11/2019 12:24 PM

Wednesday 27th November Office Closure 

The ICR office will be closed on Wednesday 27th November. We will be out of the office for the day at the …

New treatment could reduce preterm birth and “save lives”

By ICR Secretariat / 20/11/2019 11:19 AM

A clinical trial supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has found that a new treatment for pregnant women at high risk of pret…

Vaping nearly killed me, says British teenager

By ICR Secretariat / 20/11/2019 11:18 AM

A teenage boy nearly died after vaping caused a catastrophic reaction in his lungs, doctors in Nottingham say.

Ewan Fisher was connected to an artific…

NICE ‘OK’ for Sativex in MS

By ICR Secretariat / 20/11/2019 11:17 AM

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended Bayer’s Sativex (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabidiol (CBD)), f…

Solid gene therapy trial halted again by FDA

By ICR Secretariat / 20/11/2019 11:17 AM

The Food and Drug Administration ordered a clinical hold on a trial of Solid Biosciences' gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy after a patient…

Complementary cancer therapies 'do more harm than good'

By ICR Secretariat / 20/11/2019 11:16 AM

Cancer patients should tell their doctors if they are taking herbal products because some of the ingredients could stop their treatment working, a can…

Celgene posts pivotal CAR-T data ahead of FDA filing

By ICR Secretariat / 12/11/2019 11:45 AM

Celgene has posted data from a pivotal trial of its CAR-T therapy. The data look competitive against Gilead’s Yescarta and Novartis’ Kymriah, leading …

Would you use a patch of 100 tiny needles over the contraceptive pill?

By ICR Secretariat / 12/11/2019 11:44 AM

A patch filled with tiny needles can inject up to 60 days’ worth of hormonal contraceptives. Women could apply the patch at home, making it a potentia…

First national medical cannabis registry launched

By ICR Secretariat / 12/11/2019 11:42 AM

Europe has launched its first national medical cannabis registry for patients with chronic conditions.

The registry comes at a time when despite the l…

How suicidal power factories in brain cells trigger ALS

By ICR Secretariat / 12/11/2019 11:41 AM

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is caused by the progressive degeneration of the motor neurons. But what triggers that decline of these critical c…

Events and Courses

Clinical Research for Non-Clinical Researchers J1

Are you working with clinical researchers but not actually engaged in clinical research yourself?  Do you find yourself struggling to u...

Introduction To Clinical Trials & Clinical Trials Practice J2

An Introduction to Clinical Trials and Clinical Trial Practice, the ICR’s flagship training course, is accredited by Cranfield University. This highly...

ISO-14155:2011 - Clinical Investigation of Medical Devices for Human Subjects - Good Practice J3

Approximately 1.5 million different medical devices are available globally; with thousands of new and innovative medical devices being introduced t...

So you want to be a CTA J4

Clinical Trial Administration - Beyond the Basics J7

Clinical Trial Administrators are at the heart of any project team...

Essentials of Clinical Trial Monitoring J8

This practical course defines the role of the clinical research monitor and explains the interaction with others in key roles as part of the clinical ...

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