Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

The ICR office is currently closed but we remain available either by email or by phone +44 7955 680 944
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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

Gilead's remdesivir looks promising in leaked early results, but don't jump to conclusions: analysts

By ICR Secretariat / 22/04/2020 01:13 PM

The world is watching and waiting for data to see whether Gilead Sciences' investigational antiviral remdesivir can help fight COVID-19. And while som…

WHO recommended disinfectants are easy to make and effective against COVID-19

By ICR Secretariat / 22/04/2020 01:12 PM

When used correctly, both alcohol-based hand disinfectants recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) are effective against the novel coronavi…

Nationwide launch for GP-based trial of COVID-19 therapies

By ICR Secretariat / 22/04/2020 01:11 PM

As of this morning – Monday April 20 – the current recorded case count for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK has hit 120,067 with 16,060 deaths.


A guide to clinical trials disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic

By ICR Secretariat / 22/04/2020 01:10 PM

The coronavirus has upended the globe. Cities and countries have enacted shelter-in-place policies, shuttering businesses while canceling school and o…

Individual genetic variation in immune system may affect severity of COVID-19

By ICR Secretariat / 22/04/2020 01:08 PM

Genetic variability in the human immune system may affect susceptibility to, and severity of infection by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviru…

COVID-19 Statement from the ICR Secretariat

By ICR Secretariat / 21/04/2020 11:46 AM

ICR Membership Announcement

The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) has been closely monitoring Government advice and updates on the spread…

AstraZeneca and Merck drug wins approval for rare cancer after failing elsewhere

By ICR Secretariat / 15/04/2020 11:29 AM

The Food and Drug Administration approved AstraZeneca and Merck & Co.'s drug selumetinib to treat neurofibromatosis type 1, or NF1, a rare and typ…

Commission postpones application of the Medical Devices Regulation to prioritise the fight against coronavirus

By ICR Secretariat / 15/04/2020 11:27 AM

Today, the European Commission has adopted a proposal to postpone by one year the date of application of the Medical Devices Regulation to allow Membe…

Early data on Gilead coronavirus drug raises hope, but answers few questions

By ICR Secretariat / 15/04/2020 11:27 AM

Three dozen patients with COVID-19 given an experimental Gilead drug called remdesivir appeared to improve in the days following treatment, raising so…

Events and Courses

The Proactive Clinical Researcher J19

Do you want to work SMARTER not HARDER?  This course is focused on the needs of a clinical researcher and is a very practical course with exer...

Statistics for Non-Statisticians J20

Statistics is the art and science of summarising data.  Statistics play an essential role in all stages of clinical research from design throu...

Data Management for Clinical Researchers J21

Are you a clinical researcher who has to review and approve data management plans, but find yourself struggling to know what you should be looking ...

The ICR Ethics & GCP Forum EGCP

The ICR Ethics and GCP Forum provides an excellent opportunity to:  Keep up to date with current ethical and clinical r...

Introduction to Line Management J22

This course is an introduction to the knowledge, skills and competencies that a line manager requires for performance management in the clinical ...

Introduction to Pharmacology and Phase 1 Clinical Trials J23

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

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