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***Important Announcement on COVID-19***
CHITIN is contingency planning for impediments that trial delivery teams are experiencing as a result of COVID-19.
The CHITIN Programme Management Group is giving significant consideration to the breadth of our research activities and we are liaising with the Special EU Programmes Body. Some trials have paused or put on hold elements of their work to ensure participant and researcher health & safety is prioritised.
Some trial delivery staff are working remotely and discovering new ways of working to meet research deliverables as far as possible.

We thank the CHITIN Project network for their continued dedication and commitment to the programme and we are here to support you.

Legacy

In addition to the Health Intervention Trials (HIT) activity, the Cross-border Healthcare Interventions Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) will also foster the development and expansion of health research infrastructure and the delivery of a training programme to enhance capability and capacity to deliver further health research, thus creating a legacy for future research across the defined geographical region i.e. Northern Ireland and the border region of Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth in the Republic of Ireland (RoI).

Through the CHITIN project and formation of the network it is anticipated that the legacy will be improved equity of access to involvement in HITs, whether that be through delivery or participation, in a setting most appropriate to need within the defined area. CHITIN aims to achieve this through creation of a cadre of skilled researchers, including healthcare professionals and patient and public stakeholders, with the ability to participate in and lead on bids for research funding to bring further HIT activity to the eligible area to impact both service users and the healthcare professionals who are delivering the services.

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