Clinical Trials Units

Glasgow 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 can take the sponsorship role but have flexibility

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

The Robertson Centre for Biostatistics (RCB) has a long (since 1988) and strong interest in cardiovascular & renal medicine, diabetes, neurosciences and, more recently, rehabilitation. The RCB together with the Research and Innovation (R&I) Department of Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health NHS Board and the Population Health Research Facility of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, forms the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit.

Current Director: Professor John Cleland
Previous Director: Professor Ian Ford
Lead Biostatisticians: Professor Alex McConnachie and Michele Robertson
Director R&I for NHS: Professor Julie Brittenden
Population Health Research: Professor Rod Taylor

We have led or contributed to many landmark trials in cardiovascular medicine including: WOSCOPS (pravastatin), PROSPER (pravastatin), IONA (nicorandil), CAPRICORN (carvedilol), BEAUTifUL (ivabradine), SHIFT (ivabradine), EchoCRT (CRT-D v. ICD), PATHWAY (hypertension), TRUST (thyroid hormone), DiRECT (weight loss in T2DM), PIVOTAL (IV iron), T-TIME (alteplase) and FAST (allopurinol v. febuxostat).

We provide a comprehensive service to support clinical trials including:-

  • Research advisory services, including efficient trial design, endpoints, sample size & statistical analysis, implementation (including all the services mentioned below) and regulatory requirements.
  • Personal, patient and public involvement panel support
  • Project management
  • Electronic case report forms
  • Pharmacy clinical trials service
  • Randomisation service
  • Data management
  • Data linkage to national electronic datasets to capture hospitalisations and deaths
  • Site monitoring (for trials sponsored by Glasgow)
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Statistical support for investigators and independent data monitoring committees
  • Statistical analysis for reports and publications

Address: University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Telephone number: 0141 330 4744

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