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Established in 2023 through collaboration with Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and University College Dublin, START Dublin represents a historic milestone as the first dedicated early phase center in the Republic of Ireland, filling a critical gap in clinical research infrastructure. Led by Director of Clinical Research, Austin Duffy, MB, BCh, MRCPI, DMed, this facility is committed to advancing early-phase oncology clinical trials in Ireland. The presence of a early phase unit at START Dublin greatly enhances patient access and availability. Our aspiration is to ensure that every patient has access to a suitable study, thereby broadening opportunities for participation in cutting-edge research.

Explore START Dublins' Clinical Trials

The Phase Ⅰ Clinic

The START Dublin clinic has a dedicated treatment room that includes exam rooms, treatment chairs, infusion pumps, and an on-site laboratory that can perform same day testing.

  • 1 Triage/Blood draw station
  • 1 exam room
  • 4 treatment chairs

START Dublin has an on-site laboratory that can perform same day testing. This includes:

    • CBC
    • CMP
    • UA with microscopy
    • Thyroid panels, etc.

All equipment is annually inspected and calibrated and includes:

    • Crash Cart/Arrest Trolley complete with intubation equipment
    • Infusion pumps
    • Syringe pumps
    • Electronic vital signs monitoring

Investigational Drug Section (IDS)

Pharmacy Equipment

All equipment is annually inspected and calibrated and includes the following:

    • 1 4-Glove negative pressure isolator
    • Positive pressure clean room and change room
    • Secure medication storage room with continuous temperature monitoring for both cold storage and room temperature storage
    • 1 pharmaceutical grade -20°C freezer
    • 1 pharmaceutical grade -80°C freezer
    • 1 pharmaceutical grade refrigerator 2 – 8°C
    • Room temperature storage shelving (15 – 25°C)


Archival Specimens

PK department staff request and process archival specimens. Tumor blocks or unstained slides are obtained and sent to sponsor or designee.

Specialty Labs

PK department staff routinely process lab specimens such as biomarkers, PBMCs, DNA, swabs, and other specialty labs and ship to Central labs.

Regulatory Affairs & Data Management

The Regulatory Affairs Department ensures compliance with all regulatory and industry requirements by following EMA, FDA, and GCP guidelines for every study.

  • Rapid central ethics review and approval turnaround
  • Competitive start-up timelines

The dedicated Data Management team ensures clean, accurate, and timely data entry and query resolution.

  • Experience with a wide variety of electronic data capture systems (i.e., Medidata RAVE, InForm, Veeva, etc.)
  • Monitoring suites with high speed Internet access

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