Clinical Trials Units

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit


Areas of Research

  • Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Long-term surveillance/ population/epidemiology studies
  • Studies bidding to or supported by; charitable funding, NIHR funding, commercial funding, and other funding
  • Clinical Trials of an Investigational Medical Product (CTIMP)
  • Studies to support UK regulatory approval
  • Studies to support international regulatory approval
  • Studies involving recruitment outside the UK


We (or our parent university / organisation) prefer to act as the sponsor

Particular areas of interest or experience in cardiovascular trial design and delivery

Founded in 2006, the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU), led by Professor John Norrie, is a UK-CRC registered unit based within the Usher Institute of Edinburgh University. The unit provides the infrastructure and expertise necessary to design, plan and deliver clinical trials and works closely with the local sponsor, the Academic and Clinical Central Office for Research and Development (ACCORD). Our dedicated Research Development Team support investigators to translate their research ideas into high-quality grant applications.

ECTU’s research portfolio contains many cardiovascular trials including CTIMPs, randomised clinical trials, meta-analysis and observational studies. We select our trials in line with our strategy to positively impact human health challenges and synergise with the research strengths of the University that include experimental/translational medicine, imaging and data science.

Address: Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, NINE Edinburgh BioQuarter, 9 Little France Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4UX

Telephone number: 0131 651 9901

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