Clinical Trial Design and Management – Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit

The aim of the Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit (CTEU) is to answer important questions in cardiac and respiratory medicine, by conducting high-quality research and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals.

The CTEU of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust was established in 1996 to address important clinical questions in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, through the performance of high-quality multi-centre clinical trials. The work of the CTEU involves:

  • Identifying important clinical questions through discussion with academic colleagues and industry partners
  • Designing appropriate studies
  • Obtaining research funds through grant applications or industry support
  • Training investigators in collaborating hospitals
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Presenting and publishing study results

The CTEU is a dedicated academic and applied clinical research group whose primary responsibility is the design, implementation and reporting of multi-centre randomised clinical trials in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. We also have expertise in health services research; health economic evaluation; the preparation of clinical guidelines; running national and international educational programmes; and conducting observational registries of practice patterns and outcomes. In addition, the CTEU has a special interest in the evaluation of new devices and techniques in cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology.

As part of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, the CTEU has strong links with the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. Together, the Trust and the Institute form one of the largest organisations in Europe specialising in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. The CTEU has a reputation for excellence in clinical trial design, implementation and reporting.

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  • Protocol Design and Development
  • Trial Design
  • Statistical Expertise
  • Funding through Grant Applications
  • IT Expertise
  • Case Report Form Design
  • Study Organisation
  • Randomisation
  • National and International Collaboration
  • Regulatory and Ethical Approvals
  • Study Conduct
  • Scientific and Clinical Leadership
  • Investigator Training
  • On-site Monitoring
  • Data Management and Development of Computer Databases
  • Central Laboratory Facilities
  • Study Materials
  • Study Reporting and Publishing
  • Data Checking
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Study Reports
  • Presentation at National and International Meetings
  • Publication in Peer-reviewed Journals

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Clients and Organisations

  • Aventis Pharma
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Boston Scientific Inc
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Galen Ltd
  • Guidant Corp
  • Medtronic Inc
  • Merck Sharp and Dohme
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Sanofi-Synthelabo

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