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First online resource lists Cardiff’s clinical trials expertise

30 Hydref 2008

Online resource

The South East Wales Trials Unit based in the University’s Department of Primary Care and Public Health is one of only three Wales-based clinical trial units showcased on a new website which lists the UK’s foremost clinical trials expertise.

UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units, developed by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration and funded by the National Institute for Health Research, provides for the first time a new comprehensive online resource listing 40 national expert units in the design and conduct of clinical trials for the benefits of patients.

As a result of gaining registered status last November from the UK Clinical Research Collaboration - the body responsible for promoting world-class clinical trials in the UK - The South East Wales Trials Unit is now one of the UK’s leading centres capable of centrally coordinating multi-centre clinical trials. It also means the centre is recognised as capable of undertaking other well-designed studies, taking responsibility for the design, recruitment, data management, publicity and analysis of the trial.

Featuring on the 'directory of expertise' will increase the profile of The South East Wales Trials Unit among researchers and funders, including the pharmaceutical industry, who will be able to use the new website to identify suitable units to help their studies. It is intended to promote collaboration both in academia and industry, and gain up-to-date information on the experiences and capabilities of the Units.

Made up of only those clinical trial units that have achieved UKCRC Registered status, the website is part of a range of measures by the National Institute for Health Research to ensure the UK is at the forefront of carrying out high quality research for the benefit of patients.

The South East Wales Trials Unit was funded by the Wales Office of Research and Development (WORD) in October 2006. It draws together existing expertise in trials and other well designed multi-centre studies to form an experienced team to support excellence in Wales. Since its inception, the Unit has led studies in areas such as infections, behaviour change, and children & young people. Most recently it was the first centre to recruit children with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes for a UK-wide study investigating the advantages of home management and hospitalisation.