A new website providing centralised information on Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) with expertise in co-ordinating multicentre studies has been launched by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC).

CTUs are specialist units that bring together the human resources needed to design, manage and analyse a clinical trial, including clinicians, statisticians and trial managers. All 40 of those listed on the UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units website at http://www.ukcrc-ctu.org.uk have achieved UKCRC Registration status, which means they have provided evidence to an international expert panel of their ability to co-ordinate multicentre clinical studies to the highest quality standards.

The website has been developed and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Coordinating Centre on behalf of the UKCRC partners. Researchers and trial sponsors can use the site to search for CTUs by name or location, disease area, methodological research area (e.g. systematic reviews, meta-analyses), specific types of study (e.g., trials of investigational medicinal products) or experience of working with particular research funders.

“Working with Clinical Trials Units can help to increase the quality of clinical trials, which ultimately means that the results are more meaningful,” commented Professor Janet Darbyshire, joint director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre.