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UKCRC recognises clinical trials expertise at the IoP

10 May 2010

The Institute of Psychiatry’s (IoP) Mental Health and Neurosciences Clinical Trials Unit (MH&N CTU) is one of ten Clinical Trials Units to recently be fully registered by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC).  

The Clinical Trials Unit registration process is designed to improve the quality of available expertise to carry out clinical trials in the UK.

The units are specialist teams that bring together the expertise needed to undertake a clinical trial, including clinicians, statisticians, data managers and trial managers.

Caroline Murphy, Manager of the MH&N CTU, said: 'UKCRC Registration is a notable accomplishment; the hard work and dedication of the CTU staff to creating quality systems over the past eight years is commendable and we look forward to a bright future. I am particularly appreciative of all those clinicians who have supported us and entrusted their trials to the CTU since we opened.'

The MH&N CTU collaborates with research teams throughout the country to carry out clinical trials safely and to a high scientific standard, and offers a range of services to ensure the results are accurate and credible.

The Unit’s services are available to researchers based both locally at the IoP and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), throughout King’s Health Partners and across the UK. Established in 2002, it was the first Clinical Trials Unit in the country focusing predominantly on mental health.

To be eligible to apply, the Units had to demonstrate they were capable of centrally coordinating multi-centre clinical trials and other well-designed studies, taking overall responsibility for the design, conduct, data management, publicity and analysis of a trial.

The registration process was coordinated by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre on behalf of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.

A full list of the Registered Clinical Trials Units is available at: www.ukcrc-ctu.org.uk.

To read more about the MH&N CTU, please visit www.ctu.co.uk

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