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Critical Care research team win first place at the Belfast Trust Chairman’s Awards

The NI Clinical Research Network, Critical Care team won first place at the Belfast Trust Chairman’s Awards in the ‘Acute Innovations’ category for Covid-19 Research in ICU changing care.

The award, worth £10,000, was in recognition of the team’s work in recruiting critically ill patients to clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The REMAP-CAP trial (, to which the team in Belfast recruited over 130 patients during the pandemic waves in 2020 and 2021, helped to show the life-saving effects of steroids and IL-6 inhibitors, thus rapidly changing practice in the treatment of patients with COVID-19 and showcasing the benefits of clinical trials embedded in clinical practice.

Critical Care co-lead, Dr John Silversides said, “The critical care team would like to acknowledge the contribution of all those from the wider NICRN and NICRF teams, as well as the R&D department, pharmacy and the very many nursing, medical and other colleagues without whom this would not have been possible.”

To read more see the NICRN website.