UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit newsletter - Spring 2017

The latest edition of the UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit newsletter is now available. Please do share with colleagues internally and your clinical collaborators.

This and previous editions of the newsletter are available in the 'Forums' section of the UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units Network website

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2017 CTU registration open!

The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units (CTU) Network invites new applications from previously unregistered Clinical Trials Units to undergo the Registration Process.

UKCRC CTU LogoThe UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units (CTU) Network invites new applications from previously unregistered Clinical Trials Units to undergo the Registration Process, which is designed to help improve the quality of available expertise to carry out clinical trials in the UK.

Applications are also invited from all currently Registered Units who will undergo a full review to maintain their registration status at this time. Leading the review is an International Panel of leading world experts in clinical trials.

Clinical Trials Units are specialist units that bring together the expertise needed to undertake a clinical trial or other well designed study. Running a study is a complex process and Registered Units need to have the expertise to design, coordinate and analyse multi‐centre clinical trials or other well designed studies, ensuring that they are conducted in line with appropriate standards and regulations.

To be eligible to apply, Units have to demonstrate they are capable of centrally coordinating multi-centre clinical trials and other well designed studies with responsibilities related to the design, conduct, data management, publicity, analysis and reporting of a study.

Application Forms and further information is available from the UKCRC website


Search for Oversight Statisticians Database Now Live

The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units Network is pleased to announce that the Search of Oversight Statisticians Database is now live. The resource will allow registered CTUs to identify suitably qualified statisticians to sit on Data Monitoring Committees (DMC) and Trial Steering Committees (TSC). CTUs wishing to access the database should visit the website to request a log-in.


Information for paediatricians wanting to work with CTUs

A paediatrician’s guide to clinical trials units

Chris Gale of Imperial CTU and Ed Juszack of NPEU CTU have published a research in practice paper in the Education & Practice edition of the Archives of Disease in Childhood entitled ‘A paediatrician’s guide to clinical trials units’. The paper provides an overview of the history and role of CTUs within the UK and outlines the key stages involved when undertaking research in collaboration with a CTU.


The UKCRC Tissue Directory is live!

The UKCRC Tissue Directory is now live for medical researchers wanting to source human tissue for their studies. The Directory is intended to be a first port of call for researchers needing human samples; its functionality to search for both collections and capabilities. This means if it doesn’t return what you need you can search for platforms with the potential to source it.

Further details are available via the Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre website.


Leicester’s Clinical Trials Unit gains full National registration

Leicester’s Clinical Trials Unit was awarded the UK’s Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Full Registration in October 2013.

The UKCRC established a national registration process for Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) in 2007, with full registration now the gold standard against which CTUs are measured.

Running high quality trials which meet regulatory and governance requirements is a complex process and depends on expert design, conduct and analysis. CTUs are specialist units set up with a specific remit to bring together the expertise needed to undertake a clinical trial, including clinicians, statisticians, IT programmers and trial managers.

In order to obtain Full Registration status, the Leicester CTU (LCTU) was required to provide evidence to an international review panel of experts that staff had met the UKCRC’s stringent competency criteria. Over the last 12 months the Unit has concentrated its efforts on:

  • Working with local investigators to develop and increase the number of active trials managed through the Unit. There is now a growing portfolio across a range of therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gastroenterology and respiratory care, with other specialities coming on-board all the time.
  • Increasing the number of local grant applications supported by the Unit. In the last 6 months there has also been an increase in the number of requests from investigators outside of Leicester to support this function.
  • Demonstrating the emergence of a growing publications library, which has included several papers from the diabetes group and others in preparation from other therapeutic areas.
  • Increasing the LCTU workforce to ensure all UKCRC specified posts were in place prior to submission of the application. The Unit now has statisticians, trial managers, data managers and IT programmers.

Professor Melanie Davies, Director of the Leicester CTU, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this recognition for our CTU, which now puts Leicester at the forefront of running large scale high quality clinical trials.

"This will not only be of great benefit to our patients, but also for our local Investigators who now have access to a fully registered local Unit and who have previously had to look for clinical trial support from outside of Leicester.

"The LCTU team, with support from the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester, have worked incredibly hard over the last 12 months to ensure that we met all of the accreditation and competency criteria required by the international review panel. The University of Leicester has put high quality clinical research as part of its long term strategic planning, and we are all looking forward to taking the Unit from strength to strength.”

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