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The Rotunda Hospital: a research-friendly environment

The Rotunda hospital believes that the provision of the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies requires continuous practice improvement.  This can be achieved through involvement in research.

  • Research that develops or tests new ideas, technologies or therapies provides the evidence required to improve diagnosis and treatment outcomes. 
  • Other research may point the way towards an improved quality of experience for mothers and their babies.

Evidence that is generated from studies that include the Rotunda’s patient population are of particular relevance, and may be of direct benefit, to hospital patients and staff. Rotunda staff are currently actively engaged in a number of research activities. 

The hospital has five main research streams: 

  • maternal medicine, 
  • fetal medicine,
  • neonates,
  • infectious disease, and
  • health systems and education.

The Rotunda is open to research proposals from researchers in diverse settings including industry, academic institutions, public health or other healthcare institutions. In addition to stand alone projects, the hospital welcomes proposals for participation in collaborative research on a regional, national or trans-national scale.
The hospital is always mindful that the safety, privacy and dignity of patients must be protected and all research is conducted in compliance with the requirements of the hospital’s Research Ethics Committee. 

The opportunity to participate in research studies is offered to patients on a volunteer basis only and many patients welcome the opportunity to take part. 

The Friends of the Rotunda generously support research and researchers in the Rotunda Hospital.  If you wish to donate to the Rotunda’s research activities please follow the link below:

make a donation to the rotunda hospital

For information and guidance on how to apply for research approval please click on Research Ethics Committee tab below.

Please contact us if you would like to have an informal discussion on the possibility of siting your research in the Rotunda or including the hospital in a larger study.

Contact details:
Joanna Griffin,
Director of Research and Academic Affairs.
Phone 01 - 817 1729

Colin Kirkham,
Research Officer.
Phone 01 - 817 6813

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Research Ethics Committee

The primary role of the Research Ethics Committee (REC) is to protect the safety, privacy and dignity of patients and/or participants in research at all times. The Committee shall also ensure that research proposals are ethically and scientifically sound, compliant with all applicable legislation and in keeping with the ethos of the Hospital and its Charter. Researchers seeking to carry out research in the Rotunda Hospital must receive written permission from the Research Ethics Committee.

All research proposals must be submitted to the Committee, using the REC Standard Application Form. Applicants should read the accompanying guidance manual before completing the form. Eighteen copies of the completed form, along with 18 copies of any participant information leaflet(s), consent form(s) or other relevant documentation, plus a single copy of the signatory page, should be submitted to the Master’s Office at least ten days prior to the REC meeting date. An electronic copy should also be sent to

All applicants should seek the advice of the research officer at the earliest stage of drafting their research proposal. The research officer can help with the application process, and provide assistance with regard to research design, methodology, sample size estimates and statistics.  


Link to REC  Standard Application Form

Link to REC Guidance Document

Link to REC Signatory Page and Checklist

Link to Participant Information Leaflet Template

Link to Consent Form Template

For more information contact us:

Joanna Griffin,
Director of Research and Academic Affairs.
Tel: 01 817 1729

Colin Kirkham,
Research Officer.
Tel: 01 817 6813

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Current Research Projects

Current Research Projects

Please see the list of current research projects.

Current Research Projects - April 2016

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