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The Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials In Ireland Network (CHITIN) is a unique cross-border partnership between the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and the Health Research Board in the Republic of Ireland, to develop infrastructure and deliver Healthcare Intervention Trials (HITs). The HITs will help prevent and cure illness and promote improved health and wellbeing in NI, RoI and Irish cross-border areas.

There are 11 health and social care research trials covering a broad range of areas such as: Asthma, Stroke, Diabetes and Mental Health. They cover a range of disciplines such as Primary Care, Public Health and involve a broad range of HSC professionals. Most health research takes place in big cities and now this health inequality can be addressed through the CHITIN project, bringing researchers an opportunity to deliver in this area and to help benefit people and their communities. There is a diverse range of participants involved in CHITIN research ranging from older people to younger people. Find out more about the trials by downloading the CHITIN Trials Booklet here

CHITIN has an Advisory Group who meet every six months. The group's members are from a wide range of disciplines from NI and the ROI which include healthcare professionals, patient groups and research & development organisations. For a list of the members of this group, click here. To view the Terms of Reference for the CHITIN Advisory Group, download here.

The CHITIN project is funded from the EU's INTERREG VA programme of €10.6m (incl. 15% contribution from the Department's of Health in NI and ROI) awarded to the HSC Research & Development Division of the Public Health Agency NI and to the Health Research Board in ROI for the CHITIN project.