UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit

The MRC Clinical Trials Unit (MRC CTU) at UCL is at the forefront of resolving internationally important questions in infectious diseases and cancer, and delivering swifter and more effective translation of scientific research into patient benefits. It does this by carrying out challenging and innovative studies, and developing and implementing methodological advances in study design, conduct and analysis.

We are committed to strengthening and expanding the evidence base for healthcare nationally and internationally.

The MRC CTU at UCL develops methodology to improve the design, conduct and analysis of clinical studies, and hosts one of the MRC’s six regional Hubs for Trials Methodology Research.

The MRC CTU at UCL is a UKCRC registered trials unit.


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Series of short films about clinical trials

Clinical trials are essential to finding out whether new healthcare interventions (such as new drugs) work. We have produced a series of short films, exploring:

  • What are randomised controlled trials and why are they important?
  • What is the MRC Clinical Trials Unit, and what does it do?
  • Where do ideas for trials come from?

and much more...

BREATHER results on taking weekends off from HIV treatment presented at CROI Conference
Results from the BREATHER trial, presented yesterday at the CROI conference, indicate that, depending on the combination of drugs used, it may be safe in the short-term for some young people living with HIV to have a short break from HIV medicines at the weekend. But the researchers warn that more evidence about the long-term safety of this strategy is needed before this approach is used outside of a clinical trial.

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