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

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The Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University is one of the largest registered clinical trials units in the UK. We are organized into four divisions, each with specialisms. We aim to improve the health and wellbeing of society through recognised excellence in clinical trials and other well designed studies.

We have an open door policy, and welcome approaches for well-designed research ideas outside these areas.

Our divisions

Our four divisions are supported by infrastructure funding from Health and Care Research Wales and Cancer Research UK, which means our extensive team of experienced quality assurance, information systems, data management, administration, operations and communications teams work across and support researchers in all divisions. This ensures effective and consistent support for Chief Investigators and studies all the way through to successful publication.

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Cancer Division

The Cancer Division conceives, designs and conducts cancer trials with collaborators across the UK and internationally.

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Infections Inflammation and Immunity Division

The Infections, Inflammation and Immunity Division brings together a wide range of expertise in research including point of care testing, antimicrobial stewardship and infection control.

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Mind Brain and Neuroscience Division

The Mind, Brain and Neuroscience Division conceives, designs and conducts trials and other high quality mixed- and multi-method research to achieve our goal of promoting evidence informed life-long brain, behavioural and mental health.

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Population Health Division

The Population Health Division leads, coordinates and helps co-design studies to improve public health.

Division research expertise

  • Drug trials from early to late phase
  • Trials and complex interventions
  • Understanding the mechanisms of potential disease and the way treatments work
  • Cohort studies
  • Conducting randomised controlled trials in community and non-health settings
  • Translating research into policy and practice

We provide opportunities for joint working and development – with new or seasoned Chief Investigators. We work to support appropriately resourced trials and studies across a range of funders (in the UK and internationally) with strategic support of smaller studies.

We will consider any well-designed research study or trial idea, even those currently outside scope. We work in close collaboration with patient groups to deliver high quality outputs relevant to clinical care.

Director, Centre for Trials Reseach

Yr Athro Kerry Hood

Yr Athro Kerry Hood

Director - Centre for Trials Research

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