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Healthcare Clinical Trials

Developing New Treatments for Self-Medication

General Information

Healthcare Clinical Trials are a clinical research organisation based in the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Healthcare Clinical Trials specialises in conducting clinical trials on treatments for common everyday illness such as headache, dysmenorrhoea and acne. We are situated in the centre of a busy student campus in the heart of the city and this is an ideal location for clinical trials recruitment. Cardiff University has around 15,000 students and 3,000 staff working within walking distance of our site and we can also draw upon the many large offices and government buildings on our doorstep for volunteers. Being in the city centre means we can easily recruit from the 300,000 population of the City of Cardiff.

RECRUITMENT is the key to success of any clinical trials and our location facilitates recruitment of large numbers of valid patients with common complaints that may be treated with ‘over the counter’ medications.


Healthcare Clinical Trials has staff with over 20 years experience in the conduct of clinical trials on common illnesses such as common cold, influenza, acne, dysmenorrhoea and migraine headache. We have two full-time physicians to take clinical responsibility for patients on trial and a very experienced Study Site Co-ordinator to act as a link between the sponsor company and the study site.


Professor Ron Eccles BSc, PhD, DSc

Medical Director

Dr. Martez Jawad MB ChB FRCP( UK)

Study Site Co-ordinator

Miss Suhair Jawad MPhil

Senior Technician

Mr. Ben Pope


Mrs. Christine Gould

Clinical Research Fellow

ENT surgeon in rotation

Research Technicians

3-4 as required by workload of trials

Clinical Trials

All clinical trials are conducted to the highest standards of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and according to the guidelines recommended by the International Committee of Harmonisation for Good Clinical Practice.

Healthcare Clinical Trials can conduct large scale clinical trials and has acted as the sole recruiting centre for studies involving from 350 – 600 patients.

Healthcare Clinical Trials are situated in purpose built University accommodation that was designed for the conduct of clinical trials on large numbers of patients. The accommodation is in the centre of the University campus and has easy access from the busy streets of the City of Cardiff.

Healthcare Clinical Trials use the same clinical trial facility and staff as the Common Cold Centre that was established in Cardiff University in 1988 and that conducts clinical trials on new treatments for common cold, influenza and nasal allergy.

Healthcare Clinical Trials has recently been involved in recruiting 350 valid patients for a clinical trial on a new treatment for dysmenorrhoea, and in recruiting 150 patients for migraine-like headache, and in a previous year the Common Cold Centre recruited over 600 healthy volunteers for a trial on a prophylactic treatment for common cold. Healthcare Clinical Trials have also participated in multicentre studies on new treatments for acne.

Healthcare Clinical Trials and the Common Cold Centre are part of Cardiff University and all staff are University employees. Financial agreements and contracts are made between the sponsor and Cardiff University.


Initial enquiries about clinical trials should be made to:-

Professor Ron Eccles
Healthcare Clinical Trials
Cardiff School of Biosciences
Cardiff University
Cardiff CF10 3US
United Kingdom

email: eccles(at)cardiff(dot)ac(dot)uk
telephone: 44(0) 29 20 874099
fax: 44(0) 29 20 874093


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