you will find answers to the Frequently Asked Questions, organised
under different topics. Click on a link to jump to a
The MRC Clinical Trials Unit rarely
recruits healthy volunteers for studies. Almost all of our
studies involve people who have a particular illness – for example
cancer or HIV.
If you're healthy and are interested in
taking part in a clinical trial, please take a look at the
Help Make History
See the section "What
are clinical trials?"
See the section "How
do I know if a trial is safe?"
See the section "Taking part in a
If you want to find out more about a MRC
Clinical Trials Unit study, there is an email address within each
study page. For other studies, you may need to ask your
doctor. You can read more about finding a trial that's
relevant to you by clicking here.
See the section "Giving
When you're taking part in a trial, your health will be
monitored closely. If you get sicker, your doctor may decide
it’s best for you to withdraw from the trial, and he or she will
talk with you about this. Or you may decide you don't want to
be part of the trial any more. If you decide to withdraw from
the trial, no one should hold this against you.
See the section "Is my
participation in a trial confidential?"
If you agree to join a trial and you're not happy about the way
it is going, you can leave the trial at any point without having to
give a reason and without it affecting your health care.
Sometimes a placebo may be used in a trial. You will be
made aware of whether this is a possibility before you decide if
you want to participate in the trial. More information about
placebos is available here.
See section "What happens at the end
of a trial?"
Yes. It is important you go to the
doctor in the same way you would normally when you take part in a
clinical trial. You may be asked to go for extra tests,
Taking part in a trial may benefit you personally.
For example, you may get access to a better treatment before other
people do. And your health will be closely
monitored. But it’s much more likely that taking part in a
trial will benefit other people in the future. For example,
in cancer care, trials have been used to try out new treatments –
radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery and complementary
therapies. Trials have also been used to find out the best
ways of using these treatments. This has meant that many
people with cancer, HIV/AIDS and many other illnesses now live
longer and have a better quality of life.
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We specialise in research in cancer and HIV/AIDS. We also
undertake research in other areas, including rheumatoid arthritis,
diabetes and mental health. We plan and run clinical trials,
and we bring together the results of a number of trials which look
at the same illness or condition (this is called systematic review
or meta-analysis). We also undertake observational
studies. Click here for a list of all
of our research areas.
At the CTU we run trials of treatments for
people with a particular illness or condition (e.g. cancer or
HIV). We do not recruit healthy volunteers.
Vacancies at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit are
advertised on our website here.
All press queries are dealt with in the first
instance by the MRC Press Office. The Press Office is
available 24 hours a day to answer questions from journalists about
recent MRC news or issues relating to medical research.
Direct line: +44 (0)20 7637 6011, out of office hours number: +44
(0)7818 428297, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know the name of the person you would
like to email, the format is email@example.com (eg.
firstname.lastname@example.org), otherwise you can email email@example.com.
We do not publish the telephone numbers of
members of staff on the website. Please use our central
telephone number: +44 (0)20 7670 4700.
For all enquiries regarding meeting rooms,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding the
availability of parking spaces, please contact email@example.com.
There are many hotels within a few minutes
walk of the MRC Clinical Trials Unit to suit people with
different budgets. These include:
See the section on studentships.
You should contact the person from the MRC
Clinical Trials Unit who invited you to the meeting and ask for an
expenses claim form. You will need receipts for your
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Last Update Date : 2/27/2012