“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, C-TRIC has been expanding its portfolio of exciting research ever since, and continues to be supported through core funding from the HSC R&D Division of the Public Health Agency.

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

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.”

Student Placement

Chloe is currently studying her undergraduate degree in Stratified Medicine / Personalised Medicine and is spending her placement year at C-TRIC

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Patricia Moran

Facilities Manager

Patricia joined C-TRIC in March 2011 and plays a critical role in event management, including the organisation of the annual international TMED conference.

She also has responsibility for managing facilities and ensuring that C-TRIC runs smoothly day to day.

Sonya Leitch

Commercial Manager

Sonya joined C-TRIC in May 2020. Sonya is an experienced Commercial and Project Manager and is responsible for the development and delivery of C-TRIC’s Commercial Programme of Work, including collaborative projects between Industry and expert Ulster University and WHSCT staff.

Our Board of Directors

Professor Tony Bjourson, Director of the NI Centre for Stratified Medicine has been a C-TRIC Board Director since the set-up of the organisation. Professor Bjourson is an Ulster University nominated Director.

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Timothy Brundle is Director of Research & Impact at Ulster University. Ulster University nominated Mr Brundle as a C-TRIC Director in September 2019.


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Cllr Rory Farrell is a member of Derry City and Strabane District Council and was nominated by Council as a C-TRIC Board Director in July 2019.

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Neil Guckian is Director of Finance, Contracting & ICT at the Western Health and Social Care Trust. Neil was nominated by the Trust as a C-TRIC Director in 2020 and currently holds the position of Chairperson on the C-TRIC Board.


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Stephen Gillespie is the Director of Business and Culture at Derry City and Strabane District Council and was nominated as a C-TRIC Director by Council in 2013.

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Dr Catherine McDonnell is Medical Director at the Western Health and Social Care Trust and was nominated by the Trust as a C-TRIC Director in 2019.


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