About us

Our Director, Kerry, Mark Kelson and Richard Haggerty

Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of society through recognised excellence in clinical trials and other well-designed studies.

Who we are

The Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University is the largest group of academic clinical trials staff in Wales. We tackle the big diseases and health concerns of our time, including growing resistance to antibiotics, early cancer diagnosis and how to eliminate health inequalities.

We achieve this by forming strategic partnerships with researchers, both seasoned and new, and building lasting relationships with the public, whose participation is essential for the success of our studies.

Our registered clinical trials units

We have two UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered clinical trials units:

  • The South East Wales Trials Unit (SEWTU)
  • The Wales Cancer Trials Unit (WCTU) incorporating the Haematology Clinical Trials Unit (HCTU)

A key service we also offer is the Research Design and Conduct Service South East Wales.

The Centre is home to researchers, trial managers, computer systems experts, data managers, administrators, quality assurance managers and statisticians.

Building partnerships

As a result of our wide pool of expertise, we are able to navigate the complexities of each stage of the research pathway, from putting together effective funding proposals to conducting well-designed studies that feature in peer-reviewed publications. This enables us to partner both with first-time and seasoned researchers from the NHS and industry, as well as academia.

Research aims

We aim to prevent ill-health, protect and prolong life by:

  • designing, developing and testing services and interventions to improve health and wellbeing
  • understanding the biological, environmental and social causes of disease and determinants of health risk behaviours
  • translating and implementing evidence into policy and practice process, from laboratory science through to improved medical and healthcare practices.

Research portfolio

Our current research portfolio is extensive and covers behaviour change, solid cancer and blood cancers, children and young people, and infections. We are continuing to develop well-designed studies outside our core areas, including trials for medical devices, and are establishing a portfolio of research on the older person.

Increasing research capacity

The Centre for Trials Research is publicly funded by Health and Care Research Wales and Cancer Research UK to enable applied research that informs policy in health and social care in Wales and the UK. We are currently running studies across Wales, the UK and internationally.