13th Annual UK Clinical Research Facilities Network Conference

Published on: 17th May 2017

06 - 07 July 2017


Scottish Exhibition Campus (formerly SECC)
Finnieston Quay
G3 8HN

The 13th Annual UK Clinical Research Facilities Network (UKCRFN) Conference will take place in Glasgow on 6th and 7th July 2017. Following previous successful conference around the UK, the 2017 conference will be hosted by Glasgow Clinical Research Facility and supported by NHS Research Scotland. It will take place at the award winning Scottish Event Campus with a Gala Dinner and Ceilidh in the spectacular Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

The UK Clinical Research Facilities (UKCRF) Network is funded by the NIHR and Chief Scientist Office in Scotland with the aim of identifying, developing and sharing systems for the delivery and management of operational activities across the UK clinical research and experimental medicine infrastructure.

Programme & Speakers

With the theme Connected Care – Digital Health in Clinical Research, the programme will reflect the rapid advancement of biotechnology carving the way for improved health care and research capability in the modern NHS. It will provide a platform to showcase all CRF achievements, support the CRF community to innovate and demonstrate new opportunities using digital technology for efficient and globally collaborative clinical research.

The programme features a range of speakers including government representatives and international experts:

Professor Julie Brittenden (R&D Director, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde), Dr Jennifer Armstrong (Medical Director, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde), Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak (Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Glasgow), Helen Pidd (Director UKCRF Network), Professor Andrew Morris (Chief Scientist for Scotland), Professor Keith Muir (SINAPSE Chair of Clinical Imaging University of Glasgow), Professor Patricia Connelly (Professor of Strathclyde Institute of Medical Devices), Professor Michael Eddleston (Professor of Clinical Toxicology, University of Edinburgh), Jennifer Martin ((MHRA Acting Operations Manager & Senior GCP Inspector), Dr Louise Wood (Director of Science, Research & Evidence, Department of Health), Professor Mairead O’Driscoll (Director Research Strategy and Funding Directorate, Irish Health Research Forum), Professor Jonathon Bisson (Director Health and Care Research Wales), Professor Jeff Evans (Professor of Translational Cancer Research and Director of the Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow) and Dr Meg McCabe (President of IACRN).


The conference attracts 400-450 healthcare professionals from across the UK working in clinical research including clinicians, scientists, allied health professionals, laboratory managers, research nurses, NIHR managers, CRF Directors and managers. The conference programme for 2017 is likely to be of interest to people involved in the delivery of a diverse range of experimental medicine research studies including those involving digital technology to better treat and diagnose conditions, big data or use of digital systems to facilitate research.


Online registration is currently open at
Full conference attendance fee is £210, single day attendance is £125 and Gala Dinner is £55.

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