The Children's Research Centre (CRC) was established in June 1999 and is supported with funding provided through the Starship Foundation. It is a place where researchers who are engaged in children's health research can carry out a range of study activities in a supportive and well-equipped environment.
Located on level three of Starship, the CRC has a nurse co-ordinator and a part-time statistician. Over 2400 children have attended the CRC to be part of research activities from a range of children's services including:
- emergency department
What is Clinical Research?
Starship encourages staff to undertake research. Doing research helps people to think more about what they are doing and come up with new ideas. The research in Starship is mainly what is called clinical research. All research carried out in Starship has to be approved by an Ethics Committee before it can start.
Clinical research includes such things as:
- How well a drug or special food works
- How the human body works when it is well and when it is sick
- What it is like for children and their families to experience illness
- New laboratory tests that help us become better at knowing about illness
- Why some people get some illnesses but others do not
- How we can work better to help people remain health
- About a specific disease - how it affects people and what can help them.