NUIG to considerably broaden medical trials into diabetes and first care



Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway plans to significantly expand clinical trials to include patients with diabetes as well as those with chronic disease who are in primary care.

The Health Research Board has announced six projects across the country that will be supported after a strict application process with the participation of an international committee of experts.

At NUI Galway, the Primary Care Clinical Trials Network is supported in generating high quality clinical evidence to improve patient outcomes in primary care, where the majority of health care is provided.

The focus will be on studies of chronic disease management and on patients with multiple health conditions and infectious diseases.

Nearly four thousand patients have been enrolled in clinical trials in the past five years – and hundreds more are now set to be enrolled in expanded trials.

Meanwhile, the diabetes collaborative clinical trials network will be supported in advancing studies of new drugs and technologies to improve health and reduce the burden of disease on diabetic patients.

They say diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in Ireland and is increasing alarmingly alongside obesity rates.

The focus is on diabetes in pregnancy, technologies, foot diseases, advanced therapies and behavioral changes.