talkhealth meets... Professor Richard FitzGerald and Kate Dodd


Do you ever wonder how and where clinical research takes place? Well, Professor Richard FitzGerald and Kate Dodd are from the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at Royal Liverpool, a specialist facility enabling safe, controlled clinical trials. 

In this short interview, we ask them what the research facility does, how it works, and how people can volunteer to take part in trials. 

Over to Richard and Kate…

Please describe your roles at the Liverpool Clinical Research Facility.

Professor Richard FitzGerald is the Director of the NIHR Liverpool Clinical Research Facility (CRF).

Kate Dodd is the Recruitment and Engagement Manager at the Liverpool CRF and is responsible for over-seeing recruitment to all clinical trials along with our community and patient engagement activities. Kate has worked in research for 17 years and has vast experience working alongside clinical research professionals and with local communities to promote research happening at the Trust.

What is the Liverpool Clinic Research Facility?

The NIHR Liverpool CRF is an MHRA Accredited Phase I Clinical Trials Facility. This means we are regulated by the leading government agency, providing high quality research that looks at the safety, side effects and best dosage of new treatments.

The unit based at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital is a purpose built, state of the art facility conducting early phase clinical trials in various disease areas.

In addition to enrolling patients on to trials with specific conditions, the unit also invites Healthy Volunteers to take part, meaning that everyone can play their part in the advancement of medicine.

Why was it so important that a facility like this was created?

The development of the Liverpool CRF provides a dedicated space for specialist teams to conduct vital research within the hospital environment.

The unit provides a high level of comfort and safety for our participants, who have access to world class medical professionals in a new modern environment.

What types of trials can be performed at the facility?

The CRF is equipped to undertake early phase clinical trials in a variety of disease areas such as Huntington’s Disease, COPD, Asthma, Dementia, Global Public Health Vaccines and many more.

Why are volunteers so vital to the work you do?

Patients, participants and volunteers are at the centre of everything we do on the Liverpool CRF and are the reason the unit continues to undergo high quality research.

By taking part in research, we can move forward with improving treatments and prevention for many diseases, both for current and future generations.

To take part in research at the NIHR Liverpool CRF, sign up to our database. The team will keep you up to date with current research and content you if there is a study you are eligible to take part in. Sign up to the NIHR Liverpool CRF database.

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Last revised: 25 April 2024
Next review: 25 April 2027