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

Make it Public – transparency and openness in health and social care research

By ICR Secretariat / 19/06/2019 10:48 AM

The Health Research Authority (HRA) in association with the devolved administrations, has launched a consultation on research transparency. Last year …

Outdated technology systems still ‘limiting’ UK patient care

By ICR Secretariat / 18/06/2019 03:36 PM

A new Computacenter survey has found that IT decision-makers believe outdated digital technology systems are still limiting patient care.

The indepen…

Catalyst sues FDA, seeks to vacate approval of a competitor's drug

By ICR Secretariat / 18/06/2019 03:35 PM

A small biotech launched a legal battle Wednesday with the Food and Drug Administration, claiming the regulator's recent approval of a new drug is ill…

Mouse study finds BPA exposure has transgenerational effects on gene linked to autism

By ICR Secretariat / 18/06/2019 03:34 PM

Exposure to BPA appears to have a transgenerational effect on autism risk. Mice whose great grandmothers were exposed to BPA during pregnancy exhibite…

FDA taps Merck for blockchain pilot project

By ICR Secretariat / 18/06/2019 03:33 PM

IBM, KPMG, Merck & Co. and Walmart said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration chose them to be part of a blockchain pilot program designed to trac…

ABPI publishes new guidelines on pharma working with patients

By ICR Secretariat / 18/06/2019 03:31 PM

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has published a new guide for pharmaceutical companies working with patients, which prov…

Chutes & Ladders—Bristol-Myers unveils post-Celgene R&D team

By ICR Secretariat / 16/06/2019 08:26 PM

BMS Chief Scientific Officer Tom Lynch is set to leave by the start of October.

The Big Pharma is dividing its new-look R&D group into early- and…

How to Make the Most of Your Clinical Trial Data—All of it

By ICR Secretariat / 16/06/2019 08:25 PM

Banks can detect fraud the instant it happens, saving them millions annually. Retail operations seem to recommend products as soon as we think of them…

High levels of rare gut bacteria may be linked to restless legs syndrome

By ICR Secretariat / 16/06/2019 08:24 PM

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) may be more prevalent among patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS), according to preliminary findings …

Trump visit: Could US companies run NHS services after Brexit?

By ICR Secretariat / 16/06/2019 08:23 PM

Along with the pomp, protests and politics, President Trump's visit to the UK brought renewed debate about whether a post-Brexit trade deal between th…

The gene therapy era has arrived. So have the challenges.

By ICR Secretariat / 16/06/2019 08:21 PM

landmark regulatory approval has vaulted the cell and gene therapy space to the front of the drug industry's mind. But speedy progress has also brou…

BMJ study shows correlation between processed foods and CV disease

By ICR Secretariat / 09/06/2019 02:35 PM

According to a recently published report in the BMJ, higher consumption of ultra-processed foods is associated with higher risks of cardiovascular, co…

NICE issues guidance revision for depression

By ICR Secretariat / 09/06/2019 02:35 PM

A new report in the BMJ shows that the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been urged to undergo a “full and proper revision” …

GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

By ICR Secretariat / 09/06/2019 02:34 PM

A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests.


Theresa May failed to tackle “country’s biggest injustices”, says NHS

By ICR Secretariat / 09/06/2019 02:33 PM

Current prime minister Theresa May is set to step down on 7 June, after a teary speech in which she said she had helped give “voice to the voiceless” …

ASCO: In early study results, Grail's blood test identifies 12 cancers before they spread

By ICR Secretariat / 09/06/2019 02:33 PM

New, early data from Grail showed its liquid biopsy test not only was able to detect the presence of 12 different kinds of early-stage cancer but coul…

Events and Courses

Introduction to Pharmacology and Phase 1 Clinical Trials H23

The course will give an overview of clinical pharmacology, define phase 1 studies and describe how they fit into the clinical development programme...

Essentials of Clinical Trial Monitoring H24

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 ...

Skills & Competencies of a Clinical Trial Manager H25

This Course has been cancelled. Please contact the Office for more information. This course explores the role of the manager in the...

Inspection Readiness H26

This course enables delegates to develop an effective strateg...

Clinical Allsorts CAF

Provisional Agenda   9:30 - Welcome & Netwo...

Clinical Research for Non-Clinical Researchers H27

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

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