Registration Open / Agenda published

What's happening on May 21st?

A day-long online event that provides an opportunity to discuss how the cancer trials community works together, how that might be improved, and what challenges and opportunities may emerge in the coming five years.

UPDATE: new panellists 

(April 30th) We are pleased to announce the addition of the panellists listed below. Click on the agenda for further details and full list of panellists, including An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, TD. 

  • Professor Risteárd Ó Laoide (National Director, NCCP)
  • Dr Mairéad O’Driscoll (CEO, HRB)
  • Elizabeth Ness (Director, Office of Education and Compliance at the Center for Cancer Research, NCI)
  • Maureen O’Grady (Trial Unit manager, University Hospital Limerick)
  • Dr Teresa Maguire (Director of Research Strategy & Funding, HRB)



Background: With HRB funding structures for cancer clinical trials changing in 2022, this is a watershed moment for the cancer trials and cancer research community to reflect and plan, as a group, for the next five years.

This event opens with a video address from An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, TD.


The Retreat is designed to accommodate a broad discussion in Session 1 among a wide range of cancer trials research professionals, stakeholders, advocates, industry representatives, and patients. The objective will to be to discuss issues, identify common goals, and also influence and inform the subsequent Sessions.

Session 2 will make a strategic examination of the DSSG meetings, by reviewing their functionality and engagement through smaller breakout groups. Session 3 looks at trials logistics (risk management, contracts, budgets, recruitment & retention etc.), again using themed breakout groups.


Session 1 is a public session and open to all invitees. Sessions 2 & 3 are only open to members of Cancer Trials Ireland.

The Cancer Retreat is supported by the Cancer Trials Ireland’s Just Ask campaign to raise awareness of clinical trials around International Clinical Trials Day, May 20th, 2021. The Just Ask campaign is supported by the sponsors listed below.

Cancer Trials Ireland is supported by: