“C-TRIC is a NI based regional research asset contracted by the NHS Western Trust and external companies with a strong focus on patient care and our community”.

C-TRIC is a state-of-the-art clinical research facility, as impressive as it is unique. C-TRIC is a not-for-profit personalised medicine institute based on the Altnagelvin Area Hospital site and connects patients directly to research opportunities in the North West area and beyond. Created as a one of a kind partnership between Derry City and Strabane District Council, Ulster University and the Western Health and Social Care Trust in late 2008 and has been expanding its portfolio of exciting research ever since.

Our position enables us to facilitate translational and clinical research through providing specialist workspace and tailored services for academic researchers, clinical researchers and biotechnology industry researchers to translate research findings into innovative medical practices and ultimately improve health outcomes. We are successful in delivering large research studies and excel in patient recruitment due to our trusted position within the NHS. We have many years of success providing bio-incubation space for life and health science companies. Our facility aims to reduce both time and costs associated with research and development through streamlining the process of taking developments from the laboratory to the marketplace through a bench to bedside approach.

Our Team

Dr Aaron Peace


Dr Aaron Peace is the Research and Development Director of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) and Consultant Cardiologist. He joined C-TRIC as CEO in October 2016.

Dr Aaron Peace believes “C-TRIC to be a core regional asset for research in the North West.”

Patricia Moran

Facilities Manager

Patricia joined C-TRIC in March 2011 and plays a critical role in event management and organising the annual TMED conference as well as ensuring that C-TRIC runs smoothly day to day.

Dr Vanessa Devine

Scientific Manager

Vanessa joined C-TRIC in June 2017 and manages the C-TRIC research programmes. Her varied and impressive background makes her ideal for facilitating your research ideas from conception to completion.

Tara Warren

Junior Researcher

Tara is currently studying her undergraduate degree in Stratified Medicine/Personalised Medicine and spent her placement year at C-TRIC.
“My time here at C-TRIC has provided me with great experience into commercial research within Northern Ireland.”