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Our expertise


Our Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has expertise in all aspects of clinical trial planning, set up, conduct, analysis and publication.

 

Why choose us?

There are many advantages to having us support your clinical trial. Please click below to find out more.

If you are interested in seeking expert advice or collaborating with us on a trial or study, including those that fall outside of our research areas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or email. We recommend making contact at an early stage, as this will enable you to take full advantage of our wealth of experience and expertise, and increases the likelihood of a successful application.

Our background

Our CTU was originally set up in April 2001 within the National Blood Service (NBS) (now NHS Blood and Transplant), as a collaboration with the MRC CTU in London and was formerly known as the NBS/MRC Clinical Studies Unit. This successful collaboration lasted until March 2013, with the MRC CTU providing statistical and methodological support in addition to building and hosting our trial databases on their IT platform.

 

Our remit has now broadened to include all areas of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)'s activities. Core funding supports key posts to ensure that our CTU can become the ‘provider of choice’ for clinical trials in transfusion medicine, organ donation and transplantation, tissue and stem cell transplantation.

Our world-leading R&D Department

Many of the studies run by our CTU are sponsored by the R&D Department on behalf of NHSBT. This means that NHSBT take on the responsibility of overseeing the conduct of these studies and is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance with all the regulations. Where a trial is sponsored by another organisation, we as the CTU will ensure that our obligations to the sponsor are met.

Research Themes

Our remit is to support clinical research in transfusion medicine, organ donation and transplantation, tissue and stem cell transplantation. The R&D programme is divided into nine themes:

  • Blood Donor Health
  • Transfusion/Transplantation Virology and Microbiology
  • Patient Blood Management
  • Advanced Blood Components
  • Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Stem Cells and Immunotherapies
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Behavioural Research
  • Translational Data Science


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